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North Dakota pardons OK’d under marijuana conviction policy

By James MacPherson, The Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota’s pardon advisory board took a significant step Wednesday in wiping criminal records clean for 26 people with low-level marijuana convictions, a first under a new policy aimed at fixing problems the records have caused for people trying to find jobs and housing.

With little discussion, the five-member panel approved the pardons in a single motion, instead of individually. The list of people, who have stayed out of trouble for five years, now goes to Republican Gov. Doug Burgum, who is expected to approve the pardons.

Cannabis plebiscite lights up community

The Canadian Press

NIVERVILLE, Man. - A Manitoba town has voted by a narrow margin in favour of allowing a retail cannabis shop in their community.

Residents of Niverville, south of Winnipeg, cast ballots Tuesday in a plebiscite on the question of whether a pot store should be allowed to open there.

TSX reviewing CannTrust stock listing

The Canadian Press

City truck smashes into a Florida state lawmaker’s office

The Associated Press, AP Member

FORT MEADE, Fla. - Authorities say a Florida municipal worker appeared to be under the influence of drugs when he crashed a city truck into the office of a state lawmaker.

The Ledger reports that the 21-year-old man was hospitalized after the crash Tuesday morning in Fort Meade. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says charges are pending results of drug tests, though the streets department worker told deputies that he had been smoking K2, synthetic marijuana, at the time.


Mexican army finds, burns 9 tons of marijuana in the north

The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY - Be careful about getting downwind of this fire: The Mexican army says it found and burned almost nine tons of marijuana in the northern state of Durango.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:

New York City lawmakers vote to ban flavoured vaping products

Karen Matthews, The Associated Press

More clues point to chemical compound in US vaping illnesses

Mike Stobbe, The Associated Press

Evers signs bill making Wisconsin hemp program permanent

Scott Bauer, The Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. - Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday signed into law a bipartisan bill that makes Wisconsin’s hemp-growing program permanent as it continues to surge in popularity in just its second year.

Quebec is wrong to raise its legal cannabis age to 21

Brad Poulos, Lecturer - Entrepreneurship & Strategy; Ambassador for Cannabis Education, Ryerson University, The Canadian Press

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Autopsy pending for woman brought to ER by Redskins player

The Associated Press

EU drug agency sees rising gang violence amid steady prices

Barry Hatton, The Associated Press