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  1. Will legalization change social norms around marijuana? How will legal pot change our culture? Should pot smokers be allowed to light up at work? What about walking down a busy sidewalk, or sitting in an apartment? CTV Vancouver Published Friday, September 21, 2018 From a 1930s propaganda film calling it "the burning weed with its roots in hell" to massive companies such as Coca Cola and Molson now looking to cash in on the emerging marijuana market, attitudes towards the drug have shifted dramatically over the past century. Those social norms are soon likely to change again as Canada prepares to become the second in the world to legalize recreational pot use next month. "We need to have the discussion about how are we going to influence our society, not with the law and with administrative controls, but with our social norms," Mark Haden, a population professor at the University of British Columbia told CTV News as part of the "Going Green" series. A woman smokes marijuana in Vancouver in this undated image. "We need to find a way that integrates cannabis while minimizing the harms for us." Pot use in public Even though pot won't be legal until Oct. 17, there are already more dispensaries than Tim Hortons restaurants in Vancouver, but that doesn’t mean we're ready to accept open use. "When you're walking downtown, you can smell it everywhere," one woman told CTV. For now, laws will limit public marijuana use to accepted tobacco smoking areas, but will walking down the street with a joint ever be socially acceptable? "We need to develop social norms around cannabis use (which) we haven't done yet. You don't walk down the street holding a beer. That is our social norm—unacceptable behaviour," Haden said. "Public use will be frowned upon, should be frowned upon, but maybe you want to have some special areas such as beaches, concerts—so some outdoor use. Some public use is acceptable." And with tight quarters in stratas, don't be surprised if residential smoking bylaws are strictly enforced. Experts say that could lead to legislated exceptions such as Amsterdam-style coffee shops that allow marijuana use. "There should be clubs where people can go to smoke it in facilities like cannabis use clubs, not that dissimilar from bars," Haden said. "You want to separate them out. You don't want cannabis use with alcohol." Weed in the workplace Most us wouldn't drink alcohol on the job, but will the same expectations apply when it comes to pot? "It's definitely something employers are concerned about," employment lawyer Hilary Henley told CTV. "I think in some ways, it will be quite similar to alcohol." But employers' concerns could extend beyond what happens during work hours. "It depends what the concern of the employer is," Henley said. "If someone is talking about being a big fan of cannabis, an employer might be entitled to say, 'We're a conservative business and we have codes of conduct and your public social media is bringing a shroud of disrepute that could be an issue.' "It's all about image and employers are always going to be looking to protect their image." Some, however, say that once marijuana is legal, their bosses shouldn't have a say on their consumption. "If my boss has a problem, I wouldn't want to work for someone like that," one man told CTV. Ganga-tainment goes mainstream Personal consumption aside, it seems likely that virtually all Canadians will be exposed to media and entertainment that normalizes marijuana use. Netflix's "Cooking on High," for example, is being billed as "the first-even competitive cannabis cooking show." And with companies such as Molson and Coca Cola looking to get into the soon-to-be-legal pot industry, TV and internet ads promoting cannabis products could soon be on their way too. Haden said it's important to balance such commercialization with a public health approach that emphasizes safe, responsible use of the drug. "I hope it isn't totally dominated by the commercial voice. I hope it isn't big money that comes in and moves and takes over," he said. "I really hope the voice of public health is heard here, and the voice of public health is all about regulation and control and understanding how social norms do influence behaviour and how… we influence those is really the question we need to ask." https://bc.ctvnews.ca/will-legalization-change-social-norms-around-marijuana-1.4104653 With files from CTV Vancouver's Penny Daflos
  2. Federal government to comb social media for Canadian’s behaviour, attitudes toward marijuana Andy Blatchford The Canadian Press Published September 21, 2018 OTTAWA The federal government is looking to scour social-media platforms to find out what Canadians really think about pot as the country enters its new era of legalized weed. With only a few weeks to go before the end of recreational marijuana prohibition, Ottawa is seeking an outside contractor to help the government learn more about Canadians’ attitudes and behaviours when it comes to legalized cannabis. Federal officials want to go deeper than the data they have gleaned from public opinion surveys. The Liberals vowed to legalize recreational cannabis in their 2015 election platform as a way to take black-market profits away from criminals, including organized crime. But weed’s legalization on Oct. 17 will thrust the country into unknown territory on many levels – from policing, to health, to public awareness. The government is still in an information-gathering mode. A new government tendering notice posted this week describes a project that will collect marijuana-related information on Canadians – from how often and where people light up, to what type of buds users prefer, to criminal activities. For example, the government hopes the effort will help it design communications strategies to address specific public safety risks, such as driving while high. “Overall, this research intends to inform policies surrounding public safety issues that accompany cannabis legalization,” reads the notice, which was posted Wednesday. “Exploring public perceptions of cannabis use and related behaviours is key to developing a better understanding of how best to communicate to the general public about the risk of use and engaging in certain behaviours.” The winning bidder will use algorithms to sift through and extract data from social-media sources, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In the process, the government also wants the contractor to capture and explore corresponding individual-level data, including details on the age, sex and location – such as the province or territory – of the social-media users. The document, posted by Public Safety Canada, calls the approach a form of sentiment analysis – or “opinion mining.” “Social media data is arguably more unconstrained and rich in detail than self-report survey data,” the notice said. “When complemented by self-report survey data, social media data can provide policy-makers with a more complete picture of how the public perceives cannabis use and related behaviours in the current pre-legalization context.” It also noted that self-report surveys can generate a wealth of information about citizens’ attitudes and behaviours related to marijuana. However, it pointed out that these surveys are susceptible to a number of biases – such as the closed-ended nature of questions – that can affect the quality of the data. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/cannabis/article-federal-government-to-comb-social-media-for-canadians-behaviour
  3. notsofasteddie

    Crossing the line

    U.S. Border Officials Can See Every Legal Weed Purchase You’ve Ever Made In These Canadian Provinces If they find out you've purchased pot, you could be barred from the U.S. for life. @Dmitry Tischenko / Giovanni Gagliardi Alissa Heidman September 21, 2018 Does this whole marijuana legalization process have your head spinning as much as it does mine? With the recent news that smoking and investing in weed could land you a lifetime ban from the U.S., Canadians are justifiably shook - and the whole dilemma just got a tad more complicated. Allow me to explain why. READ MORE: Canadians Who Legally Smoke And Buy Marijuana Will Be Barred For Life From The U.S. According to an article by Global News, U.S. authorities don't need a warrant to go snooping into your credit card transactions. With that being said, if one were to purchase marijuana with their credit card and tried to cross the border, patrol officials could potentially see this. So what are you going to do? Admit to marijuana use and be banned for life? Or lie to a border patrol officer and be banned for life? Hmm, decisions, decisions. In certain provinces, it could be nearly impossible to avoid purchasing marijuana with a credit card. That's because very few stores in those provinces will be ready to go by October 17th, leading people to only have the option of purchasing online. @sorepheetembedded via In B.C. for example, come the legalization date, only one store location will be open in the entire province. Ontario will have zero stores until April of next year. Other provinces, however, are trying to develop some sneaky strategies around the issue. Global News reached out to some provincial spokespeople to get word on what type of plans they have. READ MORE: Here Are All The Places You Can Legally Smoke And Buy Weed, Based On Your Province In Nova Scotia and Alberta, cannabis will be sold in their liquor stores. Therefore, credit card statements from N.S. will read, NSLC and Alberta's will read, AGLC. This essentially leaves no indicators someone has purchased pot. @fit.n.geekyembedded via Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland will have retail shops opened up by Canopy Growth in October. The stores will not only sell weed but will also have a gift shop. “(Statements) will say the store that it was purchased from, the location, and the price. In no way does it say what was purchased, and that’s consistent with our online medical sales right now,” said spokesperson Catlin O’Hara to Global News. The company also hopes to expand to Alberta and Ontario soon. New Brunswick, whose marijuana stores will be separate from alcohol, hasn't come up with a solution just yet. However, a spokesperson insured statements won't read anything as obvious as "Cannabis NB." For Quebecers, statements will read something clearly identifiable, since their marijuana will be sold through Société québécoise du cannabis store. They have yet to say if they will be offering a solution. Ontario and B.C. both have yet to release details on how cannabis payments will be identified. An Ontario spokesperson says they will announce information very soon, while B.C. spokesperson said they're doing what they can to mitigate issues at the border. @betterthanopiatesembedded via To avoid this credit card debacle, you'll obviously want to make your purchases in cash where available. Other than that, Interac is also an option where available, since debit card data is stored only in Canada. READ MORE: Here's What You Should Do If You Smoke Pot And Get Asked About It At The U.S. Border If there was an emoji for Katniss Everdeen's three-finger salute of rebellion, I'd put it right here ___. Good luck crossing those borders, Canada! Source: Global News https://www.narcity.com/news/us-border-officials-can-see-every-legal-weed-purchase-youve-ever-made-in-certain-provinces [/b]
  4. notsofasteddie

    Medical Marijuana Update

    Medical Marijuana Update by psmith, September 19, 2018 The House Judiciary Committee approved a medical marijuana research bill, but with an obnoxious provision; a hundred Michigan dispensaries get a reprieve, Louisiana docs get the right to recommend medical marijuana to as many patients as they wish, and more. National Marijuana Bill Approved by Congressional Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Research Bill, Leaves in Provision Barring People with Drug-Related Misdemeanors. The House Judiciary Committee voted last Thursday to approve the Medical Cannabis Research Act, HR 5634. The bill would require the Justice Department to begin issuing more licenses to grow marijuana for research purposes but was controversial with drug reformers because of a provision barring anyone with a "conviction for a felony or a drug-related misdemeanor" from any affiliation with research cultivation operations. "There is no legitimate health or public safety justification for the inclusion of this language and we urge you to strike this unnecessary, punitive ban on individuals with previous drug law violations," reads a letter sent to the committee's leaders on Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, #cut50, the Drug Policy Alliance and other groups. "To help lower recidivism rates and improve public safety, we should be making it easier for people with records to obtain jobs, not more difficult." An effort to amend the bill in committee to remove the provision was halted after Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) said he would not be opposed to changing the language before it goes to a House floor vote. Florida Florida Fight Over Medical Marijuana Doses. A "negotiated rulemaking" panel of the Department of Health spent hours Monday arguing about how much medical marijuana doctors should be able to recommend for patients. The state currently has no caps on how much pot patients can consume or their doctors prescribe. Some physicians are arguing for controls, saying they underestimated the dangers of opioid prescribing and didn't want to repeat that mistake. But other physicians argued that equating marijuana with opioids is "problematic" for a number of reasons. In the end, the panel agreed to set daily limits at a total of 1,550 milligrams for THC and 2,250 for CBD, or about five to six times the average recommended dosages for medical marijuana patients. Louisiana Louisiana Lifts Limits on Number of Patients for Whom Each Doctor Can Recommend Medical Marijuana. The state Board of Medical Examiners on Monday got rid of a rule that limited the number of patients to whom doctors can recommend medical marijuana. The board also agreed to remove a restriction that would have required patients to see their doctor every 90 days in order to renew their order for medical cannabis. Michigan Michigan Judge Issues Injunction to Keep A Hundred Dispensaries Open. Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borrello last Thursday granted an injunction that blocks the state from shutting down some 98 dispensaries until they are approved for state licenses. These are dispensaries that are in the midst of applying for licenses. They will now get to stay open until December 15. Oklahoma Oklahoma Democrats Call For Special Session For Medical Marijuana. Democratic members of a working group crafting recommendations for medical marijuana distribution say the governor should call a special session in order to get rules implemented safely. A sticking point is the issue of product testing. "The only way to do that is to have a special session and give the health department the authority to issue licenses to entities that can do that testing, said Representative Steve Kouplen (D) House Democratic Leader. But legislative Republicans are balking, saying the Health Department already has sufficient authority to do product testing. And Gov. Mary Fallin (R) says a special session isn't necessary and would be an "expensive burden." [For extensive information about the medical marijuana debate, presented in a neutral format, visit MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org.] stopthedrugwar
  5. Marijuana Museum Opens in Las Vegas to Celebrate All Things Cannabis By Regina Garcia Cano / AP September 20, 2018 <div class="inner-container"> <img src="https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/ap18263114971472.jpg" alt="People walk by the Cannabition cannabis museum in Las Vegas, Nev. on Sept. 18, 2018."> </div> People walk by the Cannabition cannabis museum in Las Vegas, Nev. on Sept. 18, 2018. John Locher—AP (LAS VEGAS) — A glass bong taller than a giraffe. Huggable faux marijuana buds. A pool full of foam weed nuggets. Las Vegas’ newest attraction — and Instagram backdrop — is a museum celebrating all things cannabis. Nobody will be allowed to light up at Cannabition when it opens Thursday because of a Nevada ban on public consumption of marijuana, but visitors can learn about the drug as they snap photos. It’s a made-for-social-media museum where every exhibit has lights meant to ensure people take selfies worthy of the no-filter hashtag. The facility — whose founder says has a goal of destigmatizing marijuana use — will likely land among the talking points officials and others use to try to draw gambling-resistant millennials to Sin City. It will welcome its first visitors almost 15 months after adults in Nevada began buying recreational marijuana legally, with sales far exceeding state projections. “Our goal when people come out of this is that they don’t fear the cannabis industry if they are not believers in the industry,” founder J.J. Walker told The Associated Press. “Cannabition is not about just serving people that like marijuana, it’s about serving the masses that want to learn about cannabis and or just have fun and go do a cool art experience.” Guests will wander through 12 installations with rooms like “seed,” where people can lie down in a bed shaped like a marijuana seed, and “grow,” which features artificial l plants in sizes ranging from inches to feet tall placed under bright lights to represent an indoor cannabis grow facility. Photo ops are also available under a glow-in-the-dark tree, next to a giant marijuana leaf meant to represent an edible gummy and by a 24-foot-tall (7-meter-tall) glass bong that’s dubbed “Bongzilla” and billed as the world’s largest. There is a space with taller-than-you faux buds representing different strains and another room with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s famous “Red Shark” Chevrolet Caprice. This museum in Las Vegas’ downtown entertainment district is not the Smithsonian of marijuana, but it has some educational components. Guests get an introduction from museum guides and some graphics on walls explain how concentrates are made and the differences between indica and sativa cannabis strains. Museums always evolve with the times to remain relevant, and audience engagement is an important goal for the facilities today, said Gwen Chanzit, director of museum studies in art history at the University of Denver. For those who remember very traditional, no-photography-allowed museums, she said, “that ship has sailed.” “Once cellphones became ubiquitous, the culture of museum visiting changed,” Chanzit said. Many of the facility’s exhibits are sponsored by cannabis companies, with their logos prominently displayed. It is common for museums to receive the support of corporations and to place their logo on a wall. Only adults 21 and older will be allowed at Cannabition. The tour is designed to last up to an hour. Walker, the founder, has invited reality TV stars, models and other influencers to Las Vegas for the weekend with the charge of spreading the word about the facility. As for those who buy a ticket but their Instagram followers are only in the dozens or hundreds, Walker said, “you’re still an influencer to your friends http://time.com/5401565/las-vegas-marijuana-museum-cannabis
  6. Toronto company offers cash to ‘cannabis connoisseurs’ to smoke marijuana By The Canadian Press Wed., Sept. 19, 2018 Getting paid to smoke pot is no longer a toker’s daydream. A cannabis firm is looking to hire five pot aficionados from across the country to sample the company’s wares and get paid to do it. A woman smokes two joints during a sit-in as police officers raid the Cannabis Culture shop, in Vancouver, B.C., on March 9, 2017. Getting paid to smoke pot is no longer a toker's daydream. Toronto-based company AHLOT is offering $50 an hour to five so-called cannabis connoisseurs to sample various strains of marijuana. (DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Toronto-based company AHLOT is offering up to $1,000 a month to five “cannabis connoisseurs” to sample various strains of marijuana. With legalization scheduled for Oct. 17, the bud brain trust will form the company’s officially titled Cannabis Curation Committee, reporting back on characteristics and quality. The canna-committee will help determine what pot products go into its sample pack, which will comprise several strains from various licensed producers, says the company, which is starting recruitment this week. The company said the group selected to “dance with the devil’s lettuce” will work on weed for $50 per hour up to 16 hours per month, on top of a $200 expense account. The marijuana enthusiasts — all 19 or older — will also be asked to write social media posts, appear in video segments and show up at company events, though participation is optional. According to a forecast from consultancy Deloitte, the pot sector could add as many as 150,000 jobs over the next few years. Canadian cannabis shares have skyrocketed in the run-up to legalization as the pot economy booms. Stock prices for Aurora Cannabis Inc. shot up this week after a BNN Bloomberg report on talks with the Coca-Cola Company. Aurora later played down the development. Share prices for the licensed producer Tilray Inc. rose nearly 147 per cent to $297.17 in a day and a half before coming down to earth to $214.06 when markets closed Wednesday. The Nanaimo, B.C.-based company received the green light Tuesday from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agency to export a medical cannabis product south of the border for use in a clinical trial. The company’s shares have jumped more than 400 per cent over the past month. https://www.thestar.com/news/cannabis/2018/09/19/toronto-company-offers-cash-to-cannabis-connoisseurs-to-smoke-marijuana.html
  7. Canada Estimates $1 Billion in Legal Cannabis Sales in First Three Months Beyond the $1 billion dollar estimate, Statistics Canada is anticipating the illegal market will drop dramatically. By Adam Drury September 21, 2018 Shutterstock Statistics Canada, the organization behind Canada’s census and hundreds of other crowdsourced data collection programs, is predicting that the country’s legal cannabis sales could reach as high as $1.02 billion from the commencement of the retail market on October 17 through the end of the year. StatCan derived its Q4 estimates from census population data and statistics from the National Cannabis Survey. And beyond the remarkable sales projection, StatCan is also estimating a dramatic shift away from the illicit market as consumers mass-transition to legal purchases. Canadians Could Spend Over $1 Billion on Legal Weed In 10 Weeks Statistics Canada’s $1 billion dollar sales projection isn’t a yearly figure. Instead, it’s what the organization estimates Canadian cannabis consumers will spend on weed in just the final 10 weeks of the year. And that’s not even what StatCan expects Canadians to spend on cannabis total. The $1 billion figure represents just legal sales. Add on an extra $250 million to $315 million in illegal cannabis purchases. Then you’ve got the complete picture of StatCan’s pot purchasing predictions. The ever-increasing demand for legal cannabis currently hovers around 5.5 million consumers in Canada. StatCan predicts 1.7 million people will continue to obtain their cannabis on the black market after legalization takes effect. Of course, these are estimates based on surveys and census data. Everything depends on how many cannabis consumers make the switch and how many new consumers legalization brings on board. Illicit Market Will Still Comprise A Significant Portion of Cannabis Sales On its own, the $1 billion dollar figure, which could be as low as $815 million, is striking enough. But in context with data from earlier this year, during the lead-up to legalization, it paints an interesting picture. According to Statistics Canada’s annualized second quarter data, Canadians spent $5.7 billion on cannabis products. But the key to the data is legal vs illegal sales. Of the $5.7 billion (annualized) Canadians spent on cannabis in Q2, 85 percent of it, or about $4.8 billion were illegal purchases. Medical cannabis purchases accounted for the rest. This makes sense, as Canada’s robust illicit dispensary network has been meeting consumer demand ahead of legalization. But looking ahead to post-legalization forecasts, StatCan is saying illegal sales will drop substantially, from $1.2 billion six months ago to around $300 million after legalization. That turnaround, if it pans out, will mark a tremendous shift in Canada’s cannabis market. Illicit sales could still make up 24 percent or more of total cannabis sales after October 17. But that is of course significantly less than 85 percent. There do seem to be some small inconsistencies in the data, however. If in Q2 Canadians spent over $1.5 billion on (mostly illicit) cannabis, what’s going to make up the gap between the $1 billion in legal sales StatCan estimates and the paltry $315 million in illegal sales? That’s several hundred million dollars still unaccounted for by the current estimates. Whether that purchasing power continues to feed the black market or redirects toward legal cannabis transactions, we’ll know soon enough. https://hightimes.com/news/canada-estimates-billion-legal-cannabis-sales-first-three-months
  8. Sûreté du Québec sets up cannabis contraband squad The only way to remain on the right side of the law is to purchase the product from a government outlet. Montreal Gazette Updated: September 18, 2018 The cash register and wall of cannabis products are shown in the concept images for the SQDC's upcoming storefronts. Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) The Sûreté du Québec will assign more than 50 officers to a squad created to suppress whatever black market exists after the legalization of cannabis in Canada on Oct. 17. Dubbed ACCES Cannabis (Action concertée contre l’économie souterraine), the new squad will echo the work being done by similar divisions tasked with enforcing laws on contraband alcohol and tobacco. The squad’s patrol territory will cover all of Quebec as well as illicit online operations. The SQ announced on Tuesday that part of its 54-member contingent will also be deployed in a trio of squads that include municipal police forces. Those three squads will be based in the Quebec City region and on Montreal’s north and south shores. The new squad’s focus will be on all aspects of contraband cannabis sales — from production to street distribution — and will include the provincial force’s ongoing surveillance of illegal cultivation of cannabis. The SQ is reminding Quebecers that while cannabis may be legal on Oct. 17, the only way to remain on the right side of the law is to purchase the product from a government outlet. https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/surete-du-quebec-sets-up-contraband-squad-in-advance-of-cannabis-legalization
  9. Chelsea Handler: 'The Criminalization of Marijuana Is Racist and Specifically Aimed at Targeting Minorities' By James McClure Sep 18, 2018 | Culture Comedian Chelsea Handler doesn't pull any punches - not even when it comes to herself. When Civilized asked her recently what the epitome of white privilege is, she took an unflinching swipe at herself. "My career," she told Civilized. "I get rewarded over, and over, and over again for just being a loudmouth and doing what I want. Being white, pretty, everything was at my fingertips. I didn't have any real struggle and I never realized it until a few years ago. I'm embarrassed when you look around and see how easy it was." She also unleashed the ultimate backhanded compliment for President Donald Trump and his beleaguered administration. "This Administration has brought out a lot of beautiful things accidentally," Handler noted. "The women's movement, the camaraderie between women, and the #TimesUp movement and all that stuff." She'll be bringing that brand of outrageous honesty on the road this week as she kicks off a new Canadian tour: 'A Civilized Conversation with Chelsea Handler' begins this Thursday in Calgary. And while she'll definitely riff on Trump and other political figures, the tour's main focus will be advocating for marijuana reform and promoting legalization. Why is cannabis legalization such a passionate issue for you? Because it's so important for people that actually have real sicknesses and real pain. It's not about getting stoned all the time. It's about being a helpful alternative to the pharmaceutical industry. All these scientific studies are showing how helpful it is — for people who have seizures, for older people who have arthritic issues, for people who have sleep issues, which is why I started using cannabis again when it became more accessible. It's just a life-changer and a game-changer. And it's healthy, and it's a way of life, and it's a way forward. So I feel like the more that we can engage and activate people to have these conversations, the more it becomes normalized. And I'm really passionate about reintroducing women into the industry because so many women have had bad experiences with weed or edibles, and it's just not that way anymore. You can see what's in every piece of product on the labels. Everything is written there, so you can see the THC ratio versus the CBD ratio, and I think all of these new elements just make it a game-changer. Absolutely. And when cannabis becomes legal in Canada next month [Oct. 17, 2018], a lot of people are going to be trying it for the first time. So based on your experience, what advice do you have for the newbies? I would say start in low dosages. We have like 2.5 milligram and 5 milligram mints and little chocolates, and blueberries here in the States. I'm sure you guys will have similar stuff. So start out light. Start out with half of a half of something, just to see where it takes you because you don't want to be overwhelmed. You want people to come in and feel safe. For me, that's so important because I had that feeling like, "Oh, I don't like weed, it makes me paranoid, it makes me too out of control." And it's not that way anymore. So I would just say start slow, test the waters. I've been testing all of the stuff for the past year-and-a-half. Luckily cannabis legalization came right in conjunction with Trump being elected, so it made it much more tolerable. It's still not tolerable but you know what I mean. One problem with Canada's regulations is that edibles won't be available for sale until a year after legalization. So is there any particular advice you have for people who are going to be stuck with vaping or smoking? Yeah, same thing. Start out small. That applies to everything. I think people get so intimidated by the volume. You don't have to finish a joint. You can have a hit of one, then see how you feel. And you have to also go into it with a positive attitude about what you're doing. If you're using CBD oils as an ameliorant because you have pain in a certain body part, that's one thing. But if you're ingesting it for the THC to get a little high to take the edge off, then that's another. People with anxieties are huge candidates for that. It's powerful to be able to not have to take an Ativan or a sleeping pill for those kinds of issues. So if you're going after that aspect of it, then you start off slow and sample things, and find something that you like, and do it in a controlled environment that you feel safe in. And then eventually you can graduate when you know what your limit is, and you know what your dose is, and you know what you like and what brands you don't. But don't be shy about trying. And women should feel empowered and emboldened. Cannabis isn't a guy thing, it's an everybody thing, and it's a way forward, it's a culture. What's the perfect setting for you to get high? I like to laugh with my girlfriends. I don't like to drink all the time. I mean, I want to but it's just not conducive to being that functional. Eventually you're just like, "This is boring, I want something new." So legalization came at kind of the perfect time for me. I just like to giggle. I like to take the edge off. And everything and everyone becomes a little bit less annoying when you're stoned. We can all agree with that. So you mentioned earlier the importance of having conversations about cannabis. If you could have a 30-second conversation with a legalization opponent like Jeff Sessions about cannabis, what would you say? I wouldn't have a conversation with Jeff Sessions about anything. Waste of time? Yes, everything's a waste of time with him. The criminalization of marijuana in our country is racist and is specifically aimed at targeting minorities. That's how it's existed this whole time. Everybody needs to just relax - including Jeff Sessions. What would you say is the biggest threat to legalization right now, either in Canada or the States? I don't think there is one. There's just too much money in it - even from people who contribute to this administration. Peter Thiel has a massive amount of money invested in the cannabis industry. Everybody's investing in it. There's too many venture capitalists and too much money in it for it to go away, so it's only going to go forward. You mentioned before that you had stopped using cannabis for a while, then started up again when Trump got elected. How has your cannabis use changed over the years? Well, now I do it more daily. I take a mint or I take a little piece of chocolate, usually every day. I definitely take it to sleep. My favorite thing about it is just that it makes me lighter. And it makes everything a little bit more tolerable. I really wanted to harness my outrage after the election in our country and really make myself of good use in a positive way. When you're angry, angry, angry, it's not helpful. And alcohol and anger don't go well together. So I needed an alternative. Could it make Trump more tolerable? Nothing makes him tolerable, but yes. So slightly less awful, but nowhere near tolerable. No, not like a real human being. How does cannabis factor into your creative process? It's been really great. I've been writing a new book, and I didn't want to write a book until I actually had something to say. This is going more in depth than I've ever gone in a book. All of my books have been funny and silly and about sleeping around and blah, blah, blah. But this one is about real stuff that's happened in my life, and talking about real issues, and how I've changed and what I've learned from having such success. And once I get the bones down for each chapter, I always go back through the chapter and punch it up after I take an edible. I'm like, "Okay now I've got the bones down, now let's make it funny." Yeah, that's similar to George Carlin. He had the 'write sober, edit high' approach. Right. Well, I do it the other way around. I would say write high and then edit sober. Could you tell us about the first time you got high? That was probably in middle school — no, it was probably high school because I was a little bit of a virgin. I know that's hard to believe, but when it came to that I was scared. And I was 'Miss You-Can't-Do-That.' All very judgmental and everything. Then finally I was like, "give me a hit." We were smoking out of a bong, and it was out of control and nobody knew what they're doing or what you're smoking. And then there was a period of time, as I got older, where everything going around was Snoop Dogg level — super, super strong and made you zoned out. And I think the messaging here is that you don't want to zone out, you want to be functional. I mean, unless you do, and then that's your business. But it's not one or the other [totally sober or totally stoned], it's not black and white. There's a lot of gray now in-between. Now there are standards that all of the cannabis companies have to meet. Everything is there, everything is labeled. All information is knowledge and is powerful to know. So you can know what you're getting yourself into, there's no reason to be scared. And I'm just very much a proponent of women being informed and knowing that they can trust me. I'm right there with them. I'm passionate about this for a reason. And I wanted to help people, just help so many people in my life. What should the cannabis industry do to get more women involved? It's got to be pro-women. I think it's the same with the spirit business and the alcohol space. It's always been pro-men. I think we're all finding out the world we live in has been pro-men in every capacity. So it's important to me to get that messaging to women. Obviously, that isn't my only audience, but it is the big bulk of my audience. And it's really important for me to educate and help people understand all the great uses of cannabis. When I get behind something, I really do my due diligence. I've been to cannabis grow-ops, I've been researching how to start my own line. If I go down that road, I'm going to invest in a certain company once I do all my research and find out. And I'll share all of that with everybody because I think there's a lot of power in having a platform where you can be honest with people. And people know that if I'm going to get behind something, it's because I'm doing it myself. Yeah, you definitely have a lot of fans out there. But also a lot of critics, especially among Trump supporters. Are they personae non grata at your show? No, they're welcome to come. As long as you can have a civil discourse, you can come. I think there's something for everyone. I don't want to hate every single person that voted for Donald Trump. It's about decency at this point. It's about — we had children in cages, so game over. What would you say is the biggest misconception that critics or Trump supporters have about you? I don't know what they think about me. I don't put a lot of time and effort thinking about that. I care about other people, and I want to use my voice for something that's powerful. I don't want to just cash checks to be rich and famous. I've been there, done that. So I'm really putting a lot of thought into what I'm doing moving forward, and how I treat people. This administration has brought out a lot of beautiful things accidentally. The women's movement, the camaraderie between women, and the #TimesUp movement and all that stuff. I know it's a drumbeat now and people are having their own issues with it, but it's important that we all stick together. It's so powerful and it's a collective. And I'm proud to be a part of it and to have a voice in it, and all of the above and below. Right on, let's move away from Trump supporters and talk about the midterms. How do you feel about the coming election? It's exciting. There's more people of color that are going to be elected, that are going to be representing what this country actually looks like after November. There are more women running, there are more everybody running. We have had our first trans woman elected. We've had mayors that are trans, and we have more LGBTQ members of congress than we've ever had before. This is going to be an amazing year, especially for women. It's going to be a year to say goodbye to 75-year-old white guys, who are not reflective of what this country looks like. Is there anything you wish the Democrats would steal from the Republican playbook to win big on Election Day? I guess you just got to get dirtier. As bad as it gets, you got to meet dirty with dirty. I'm not about going high when they go low. I mean, I'm not going to respond to a Donald Trump tweet. But I think in terms of politics, when they're going at each other, they gotta go for the jugular. But it all comes out in the wash, this isn't going to end well. What sort of downfall is your dream scenario for Trump? To have him dragged out of the White House in his underpants and landing in the Rose Garden with his hair flying around in circles. Is that specific enough? Who's dragging him? Melania, the Secret Service, Hillary? Who cares? I just want him to be arrested, and I want him and his family to be pariahs. I want them in jail. They're all so stupid, they're all so dumb. There's no nice thing to say. Do you think Trump will make it to the 2020 election? I hope not. But I think there's a lot of exciting possibilities. That's really where the Democrats can get their message going in a stronger way to find a candidate that is viable, and start getting on board instead of having 85 people run against each other. But I think we're all looking right now and seeing who has the best chances of doing that. Is it a Michael Avenatti, or is it a Kamala Harris and Joe Biden on one ticket? I don't know, I don't have the answer to that. All I'm doing - and what I've spent my time doing in the past year-and-a-half - is really advocating for people to be elected to government that are representative of our culture. Our culture is mixed, it's not just white. I'm doing a documentary for Netflix on white privilege. Actually I start shooting when I come back from Canada. And as a person who has been a product of white privilege, it is so important to stick your neck out for marginalized groups. Because there is such a thing as white privilege. It exists every single day in your life, and people don't recognize it. What would you say is the epitome of white privilege? My career. Wow. You're really looking in the mirror on that one. Yes, definitely. I get rewarded over, and over, and over again for just being a loud mouth and doing what I want. Being white, pretty, everything was at my fingertips. I didn't have any real struggle and I never realized it until a few years ago. I'm embarrassed when you look around and see how easy it was. And you think I brought myself up from my bootstraps like, "My dad was a used car dealer, oh it was tough for me." No it wasn't, it wasn't tough for me. I came to Hollywood where Jewish people are embraced, where being loud and crass and funny was a positive, and I was rewarded for it with one TV show and then another and then another and then another. And that's not what it's like for someone of color. That's a lot of what I talk about in my new book. It's, embarrassing, it makes you want to do something more. It makes you want to stand up and stick your neck out for other people. And a lot of people don't believe white privilege is a thing. What does it take to open someone's eyes about it? I think it's as simple as getting pulled over by a police officer. I've never been pulled over by a police officer where I haven't challenged the officer. But when a black person gets pulled over by a police officer, it could be the end of their life. Last question, what do you want audiences to take from each show during your upcoming tour? It's a fun night out. It's a good night to just relax and laugh, and not have to think about anything, and talk about all the benefits of weed. I don't want anything to be too serious. Is it difficult to find that balance between commentary and comedy? Sometimes, but I'm a comedian, so everything has to come from a place of comedy for me. I don't want to be serious for an hour, that's boring. So the show's more like stand up, but sitting down. Speaking of white privilege, I've decided I can't even stand up anymore. https://www.civilized.life/articles/chelsea-handler-interview-marijuana
  10. Canadian Doctor Charged For Writing Improper Marijuana Prescriptions A key professional organization alleges that the doctor in question failed to follow guidelines for prescribing medical marijuana. By Nick Lindsey September 19, 2018 Brian Goodman/ Shutterstock A Canadian medical marijuana doctor has come under fire recently and is now being accused of improperly writing prescriptions. The allegations have not yet been proven and an investigation is ongoing. Medical Marijuana Doctor Facing Charges At this time, the doctor’s name has not been made public. But according to Canadian news sources, he used to be a doctor at a medical marijuana clinic in Saskatoon called Natural Health Services. This week, the doctor came under fire when the Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons leveled serious charges against him. In particular, the College claimed that the doctor was improperly making medical marijuana prescriptions during January and February 2017. In order to prescribe medical marijuana, doctors in Canada must comply with a strict set of rules and regulations. According to the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the doctor in question failed to follow these standards. Officials at the College allege that the doctor did not conduct adequate or appropriate patient assessments before giving out prescriptions. Similarly, the College claimed that the doctor was billing patients too much for his services. Beyond these offenses, the College also maintains that the doctor did not follow established protocols for follow up care after a patient is given medical marijuana. As a result of all these allegations, authorities at the College have launched an investigation and plan to hold a hearing on the case. Doctor Has Already Lost His License Importantly, the College noted that the charges agains the doctor are not criminal. Rather, they are strictly professional. But if the charges are upheld it could affect the doctor’s standing with the College. Ultimately, the case could impact his ability to receive a license to prescribe medical marijuana. However, it appears that the doctor has already lost his medical marijuana license. The College reportedly revoked his license for charges unrelated to this newest set of allegations. Representatives from the College told CBC that the doctor “simply didn’t meet the licensure requirements within the time that . . . he was allotted to do so.” What is the Role of Medical Marijuana When Weed is Legal? As highlighted by this case, medical marijuana in Canada is at an interesting juncture. Specifically, as the country prepares for national legalization. Many wonder about the role of the country’s medical marijuana program in the new legal landscape. In fact, this was one of the most pressing questions at a healthcare conference earlier this year. One side of the debate argued that doctors would no longer be needed when all Canadians have access to legal cannabis. This perspective was articulated by leaders of the Canadian Medical Association. For example, Dr. Jeff Blackmer of the Canadian Medical Association said: “Our view is . . . once this is a substance that’s available to all Canadians, there’s really no need for physicians to continue to serve in that gatekeeper role.” In contrast, other doctors and researchers maintained that doctors play an important part in learning how to best harness the therapeutic potential of cannabis. “The worry I see with losing a medical program is it really takes the need for a clinician oversight out of the equation,” said Dr. Mark Ware, a medical cannabis researcher at McGill University. “You’re likely to have questions about the potential interaction of cannabis or cannabinoids with those other medications.” https://hightimes.com/news/canadian-doctor-charged-writing-improper-marijuana-prescriptions
  11. Canadian Cannabis Company Tilray to Export Products to United States Tilray is shipping some medical cannabis products to the US for a clinical trial. By A.J. Herrington September 18, 2018 Shutterstock Tilray, a Canadian cannabis company, has received permission from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to export a medical marijuana drug to the United States for a clinical trial, the company announced Tuesday. The medication will be studied at the University of California San Diego to determine its usefulness treating essential tremor, a neurological disorder affecting millions of Americans. Dr. Fatta Nahab, a neurologist and associate professor of neurosciences at the UCSD medical school, said receiving approval to import the drug from the Food and Drug Administration and DEA took months. THC and CBD The drug Tilray will export is a capsule with a formulation containing both THC and CBD. The medication will be studied at the UCSD Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research for its effect on essential tremor, a neurological disorder that causes involuntary movements of the body. “This is an oral capsule formulation that has actual plant in it,” Nahab said. “It’s a purified, medical-grade formulation, and to my knowledge, that’s never been imported from Canada before.” Nahab said that the quality of the medicine, which is derived directly from cannabis plants, makes it a good candidate for clinical research. “We’ve got a set dosing, fixed, highly consistent, and so it’s really going to help us advance the field much more,” said Nahab. Dr. Catherine Jacobson, Tilray’s director of clinical research in California, said importing a cannabis drug is an important milestone in furthering study into the medicinal applications of the plant. “It’s quite significant,” she said. Nahab said in a press release that researchers hoped their work would garner data needed to set parameters for the use of medical cannabis. “It’s exciting to advance our work in this area by conducting a first-of-its kind trial of purified medicinal cannabis for a common neurological disorder like essential tremor,” said Nahab. “Until now patients have been on their own to figure out the efficacy, safety, and dosing of cannabinoids. This trial should help answer many of these critical questions.” ‘No Good Treatment’ for Neurological Disorder Jacobson said that researchers thus far have been unable to find a medication that successfully controls involuntary body movement. “There is no good treatment for essential tremor,” Jacobson said. “The ultimate goal, what we want to know, is we want to understand whether cannabinoids might be a good treatment.” Jacobson added that there is “good scientific rationale” to study cannabis as a treatment for essential tremor because of strong anecdotal evidence of its effectiveness at improving the quality of life for patients. The clinical study of 16 adult patients diagnosed with essential tremor will begin in 2019 and is expected to last one year. The clinical trial is supported by Tilray and the International Essential Tremor Foundation and is part of a larger effort to determine “how to target therapies for specific symptoms,” Jacobson said. Tilray Stock Jumps After the announcement that the company had received permission to export the drug to the United State, shares in Tilray, based in Nanaimo, B.C., were up sharply in trading on Tuesday. The company’s stock, which only began trading after an IPO at $17 per share in July, was hovering around $150 Tuesday afternoon, up nearly 25 percent from the previous day. https://hightimes.com/news/canadian-cannabis-company-tilray-export-products-united-states
  12. Most Canadians don't know where to buy marijuana on October 17 Tori Floyd Editor Yahoo Finance Canada 17-Sep-2018 Businesses and customers across the country are gearing up for the legalization of recreational marijuana on October 17. There’s just one problem: most potential customers don’t know where to buy it. A new survey released Monday by Lift & Co. found that 58 per cent of Canadians don’t know where to buy recreational marijuana legally. The poll surveyed 1,510 Canadians September 5-6. The highest rate of confusion was in Manitoba, where 73 per cent of residents said they didn’t know where to buy it. The Atlantic provinces had the lowest rate, with only 44 per cent saying they were unsure. While marijuana will be made legal federally, the control of the substance will be regulated by the provinces and municipalities, leaving many residents confused. Provinces have opted for various models of control, ranging from private business sales, government-run store sales, or a mix of the two. In Ontario, marijuana purchases will be restricted to online only until April 2019. B.C. announced this weekend that it will only have one brick-and-mortar location selling cannabis on October 17, and it’s located in Kamloops. Meanwhile in Alberta, the province has received nearly 700 applications for private stores. It’s unclear how many will be ready come October, but City of Calgary official Matt Zabloski told the Calgary Herald that he expects a “good number” of applications to be ready October 17. All provinces have elected to have an online retail model, and all but Ontario also plan to have at least one brick-and-mortar sales option by the legalization date. Check out the full survey breakdown in the infographic: https://420intel.com/articles/2018/09/18/most-canadians-dont-know-where-buy-marijuana-october-17
  13. Only one BC Cannabis Store will be opened on October 17 Submitted by Celia Carr on Mon, 09/17/2018 When recreational cannabis is legalized in Canada on October 17, British Columbians will only be able to purchase marijuana from one BC Cannabis Store location, according to the province’s minister of public safety and solicitor general, Mike Farnworth. Farnworth said in a press release published Sunday that the first and only BC Cannabis Store will open in Kamloops. Other stores are expected to open in the following months with more than 100 applications in the process of entry. The province is also planning to launch an online retail platform so that all B.C. residents can purchase cannabis wherever they are in the province. He also said that the new Community Safety Unit will begin targeting illegal retail operations and will seize products as well as records without a warrant. Additionally, selling marijuana to minors will continue to be a criminal offence pubishable by up to 14 years in prison as well as penalties of up to $50,000 from the province. Graduated Licensing Program drivers will not be allowed to have any cannabis in their system and neither drivers nor passengers will be allowed to use cannabis while in a vehicle. Police in B.C. are in the process of receiving special training and tools to deal with cannabis-impaired driving. “The legalization of non-medical cannabis is a historic shift in public policy,” said Farnworth. “It’s a considerable learning curve and, without a doubt, all levels of government will need to refine their policies and regulations in the years ahead.” https://420intel.com/articles/2018/09/17/only-one-bc-cannabis-store-will-be-opened-october-17
  14. Attention cannabis shoppers in Manitoba: here are the rules By: Solomon Israel Posted: 09/13/2018 Legal cannabis store operators in Manitoba finally have their rulebook, which was released Thursday by the province's cannabis retail regulator, the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba (LGCA). Stores will have to keep all marijuana packages under lock and key, and out of sight behind a counter or on covered shelves — but they can list products and prices on signage. People under the age of 19 won't be allowed to enter or work at cannabis stores, which will be allowed to operate between the hours of 8 a.m. and midnight. "It's actually based on the same hours for retail liquor stores in the province," LGCA chief administrative officer Elizabeth Stephenson told reporters at the legislature on Thursday. Elizabeth Stephenson, chief administrative officer, Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba. (Daniel Crump / Winnipeg Free Press) Licensed weed shops will only be allowed to sell cannabis supplied by the province's wholesaler, the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation. Store workers can show customers a sample of those heady wares, but only if the display cannabis is kept in a secured container. Customers won't be allowed to open a package of cannabis until they've finished buying it, and licensed stores can't allow customers to use cannabis in the store. Store employees are also prohibited from selling cannabis to someone who's intoxicated, or to anyone they suspect might re-sell the cannabis illegally. If a customer is asked to prove they're older than 19, acceptable identification will include valid passports, driver's licences, Manitoba Public Insurance ID cards, a federal Indian status card, or two pieces of government ID with at least one showing a photograph of the customer. Even though federal cannabis legislation will permit the sale of live cannabis plants and seeds, licensed retailers in Manitoba won't be allowed to sell those products since the provincial government has banned home cannabis cultivation. Stores will have to keep all marijuana packages locked up and out of sight behind a counter or on covered shelves, but can list products and prices on signage. (Mathew Sumner / The Associated Press files) Licensed cannabis stores in Manitoba will also have to operate continuous video surveillance inside and outside the store, and keep all recordings for a year. Stephenson said Manitoba cannabis stores will not be required to keep written records of who buys their products. Background checks for cannabis store employees will put "the emphasis and onus on the employer," Stephenson said. "They need to make sure that they do their own due diligence, and their own records checks, and their own background checks to ensure that the people that are working in their facilities are able to ensure the integrity and safety of the supply of cannabis, and ensure that they don't have serious criminal record concerns." Theoretically, someone with a criminal record could be approved to work in a legal cannabis store, Stephenson said. "If they have a series of egregious criminal behaviours, obviously they would not be in a position to be employed. However, if say 20 years ago, they had a youthful indiscretion, then we would expect employers to use their better judgment." People under the age of 19 won't be allowed to enter or work at cannabis stores and customers have to wait until they are outside to open any product. (Terry Chea / The Associated Press files) Any cannabis retailer's employment policy is subject to review by the LGCA, Stephenson added. "We're very conscious of the fact that we don't want to prevent people who are legitimate members of our society from getting work if their employer feels that it's reasonable for them to do so." The new regulations from LGCA will also let legal cannabis stores set up delivery services that can operate from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., or contract out delivery to a third party. Licensees will have to ensure deliveries are signed for by a recipient who's at least 19 years old, and who doesn't appear to be intoxicated. Any cannabis that can't be delivered will not be resold, and will have to be returned to the store for disposal. "It's really important that the integrity of the... cannabis be maintained, and so that's something that we've looked at," said Stephenson. "It may be something that we change down the road." Cannabis stores in Manitoba will have to operate continuous video surveillance inside and outside the store, and keep all recordings for a year. ( Richard Vogel / The Associated Press files) https://www.theleafnews.com/news/attention-cannabis-shoppers-here-are-the-rules-493197021.html
  15. Ottawa Police Department Rejects Roadside Cannabis Test Kits The police department in Canada’s capital will not be using the newly approved roadside cannabis tests. By A.J. Herrington September 13, 2018 Jamie McCaffrey/ Wikimedia Commons Police in the city of Ottawa, Ontario, will not be using a roadside drug-testing machine once cannabis is legalized in Canada next month. The federal government recently approved the Dräger DrugTest 5000 for use by police departments across the country. The DrugTest 5000, manufactured by German manufacturer Dräger with U.S. operations based in Irving, Texas, hit the market in 2009 and is currently in use in about a dozen U.S. states, as well as in Europe and Australia. A California judge in 2016 found the machines to be scientifically reliable in a vehicular manslaughter case. The DrugTest 5000 tests oral swabs for cannabinoids, opiates, amphetamines, cocaine, benzodiazepines, and methadone. The devices are rechargeable and portable, weighing in at about 10 pounds and approximately the size of a home coffee maker. Pricey Tech But Ottawa Chief of Police Charles Bordeleau told the CBC that his department will not be using the device, citing cost concerns and other problems. “From a cost perspective, they’re $6,000 each. The issue around keeping the swabs at a right temperature is problematic in our current climate,” Bordeleau said. The chief also said that regulations requiring departments to implement the test immediately would make the cost prohibitive. “Once we buy one, we have to equip each police cruiser with one of these devices and that’s not practical at this time,” Bordeleau said. Instead of the machines, Bordeleau said his department will invest further in training more officers as drug recognition experts. Drivers suspected of impairment by patrol officers are taken to one of these specially trained officers for an assessment. Const. Amy Gagnon, one of the drug recognition experts, said the process includes 12 steps including tests for cognitive and physical signs of impairment. “We’re taking blood pressure, we’re checking your heart rate, your body temperature, because drugs — not just THC, we have seven categories of drugs — play with your neurotransmitters. They actually do a lot to the body,” she said. Does Cannabis Use Equal Impairment? But the DrugTest 5000 only tests for the presence of THC and other drugs in a person’s system. Marilyn Huestis, who researched cannabis with the National Institute on Drug Abuse for 20 years, told Science Daily that the presence of THC can’t gauge impairment. “There is no one blood or oral fluid concentration that can differentiate impaired and not impaired,” said Huestis. “It’s not like we need to say, ‘Oh, let’s do some more research and give you an answer.’ We already know. We’ve done the research.” That research is continuing at the University of California San Diego Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research. Tom Marcotte, co-director of the center, told local media that they are trying to determine how the use of cannabis affects the ability to drive. “If you smoked this morning are you impaired throughout the day? Are you impaired for a couple of hours? Or are you not impaired? We’re trying to answer that,” said Marcotte. Machine Will Face Scrutiny In Canada In Canada, legal analysts believe that the use of the DrugTest 5000 will not go unchallenged. Kyla Lee, a Vancouver defense attorney that specializes in impaired driving cases, believes that the machine will not survive constitutional review by the courts because the decision to use it is often made arbitrarily. “Unlike alcohol, where you can smell liquor on somebody’s breath or see evidence of consumption in other ways, cannabis is different,” she said. “There are going to be numerous court challenges across the country to this,” Lee added. https://hightimes.com/news/ottawa-police-department-rejects-roadside-cannabis-test-kits

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