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Justin Trudeau promises to stay positive during divisive election campaign

Speaking at a Liberal fundraising breakfast at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York hotel, the prime minister said he plans to focus on bringing people together.

“We’re going to have to stand in the face of what very likely will be negative, divisive campaigns while we stay positive, because we know that scaring people and dividing people might lead to short-term electoral gains, but it ends up hurting your capacity to govern for everyone,” Trudeau told a group of supporters.

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Justin Trudeau speaks about pot pardon process as marijuana legalized in Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 that the pardon process for people who received sentences for simple marijuana possession would be “simplified” and free. He said legalization was needed because the previous prohibition wasn’t working and more young Canadians were using marijuana illegally. He added when asked if he would use marijuana now that it’s legalized that he has no intention of doing so. For more info, please go to globalnews.ca

Cynthia Nixon’s Stance on Racial Justice and Cannabis

Cynthia Nixon, “Marijuana has been effectively legal for white people in New York State for a long time. It’s time to make it legal for everybody else.”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Jamaican Government Seeks To Help Cannabis Industry – Steven Conville

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The Government has asked the Bank of Jamaica to find a solution to the banking difficulties that have been hampering development of the medical cannabis industry.

This development was shared last Wednesday by Daryl Vaz, minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, who said the Administration regards the burgeoning medical therapeutic cannabis industry as “a serious industry for growth in the economy”.

According to Vaz, the exclusion of players in the medical cannabis industry from the formal banking sector was a result of existing laws and banking regulations.

“We, as a Government, realise that to get to the true potential of this industry, which is a gigantic industry, the whole issue of banking arrangements, formal banking arrangements, has to be addressed,” he told guests at the launch of Kronic Relief Jamaica Ltd, the newest entrant to the medical therapeutic industry.

The event, held at Eden Gardens Wellness Resort and Spa on Lady Musgrave Road in Kingston, celebrated the company receiving seven licences from the Cannabis Licensing Authority to begin operating in Jamaica.

Kronic Relief Jamaica was founded by CEO Steven Conville and plans to build a 250,000-square-foot growing and processing facility which, the company said, will employ hundreds of people. Ground for the company will be broken later this year. In an impassioned address, Conville, a naturalised Jamaican who was born in Canada to Jamaican parents, spoke glowingly about his heritage and what led him to invest in the country.

He outlined his vision for the company, the overall local industry and for positing Jamaica as a cannabis-producing leader on the world stage.

In thanking his friend and mentor Dr Henry Lowe, renowned scientist and cannabis researcher, Conville appealed for unity among all stakeholders in realising the potential of this industry.

While agreeing with the assessment regarding the challenges facing the industry, Conville offered some positive insight about the current state of affairs: “We are moving in the right direction, in terms of a national perspective on cannabis including even first world powers such as the United States.”

He said Jamaica should be a major global player for cannabis production going forward, as the island is already perceived as a leader in cannabis production.

In his address Dr Lowe echoed the sentiments regarding the current fetters to the development of the medical cannabis industry and bemoaned the current level of bureaucracy facing the industry.

He warned that Jamaica was in danger of missing a great opportunity presented by cannabis.

Aaron Ali, Kronic Relief Jamaica’s head of horticulture, gave the audience a brief scientific overview of the company’s cannabis-growing practices and how it intends to develop various high-quality products.

The company, in a news release, said that regular updates on its progress will be posted on the KRJ website: kronicreliefjamaica.com.

Aftermath of Failed Turkey Coup

Turkey continues to relieve the wounds of the coup that was meant to dethrone the sitting president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The coup which lasted from Friday 15th July, at 9p.m to Saturday 16th July at around 8 a.m. took a rather dramatic turn of events that saw the soldiers on board the tankers located at the Bosphorus Bridge replaced by the anti-coup protesters. Chances of the coup being succeeful were minimised by the Turkish citizens who at the very hour of crisis turned out in large numbers as a show of their loyalty to President Erdogan. These same protestors, in collaboration with the country’s police men helped bring to order a falling nation with the soldiers who took part in the attempted coup being brought to custody to face the law. There was a scene captured at a television station where the revolting soldiers attempted to take control over the station only to be intercepted by policemen who took to arresting them all.
President Erdogan was a rather bitter man after the occurrence where quite a good number of citizens innocently lost their lives. In just a short span of time, 294 civilians had succumbed to death with 47 of them being from Istanbul and other parts of the country. the citizens lost their lives in a number of instances involving shootings on the ground and from a helicopter, and quite a good number of them was ran over by the tankers . The re-introduction of the death penalty was amongst the options he had in mind to deal with the 6000 rebelling soldiers.

The coup has however raised a number of reactions from the civilians who perceived it as rather theatrics meant to rouse the sympathy of the people towards the stranding president. Quite remarkably, most amenities were still under constant provision, a fact which raises some justified questions. The internet was still up and barely any power shortages were experienced in the 11 hour period. The drama was extended to the moment in which the soldiers finally got to surrender to the anti-coup demonstrators backed up by the loyalist troops. The soldiers abandoned their tankers and trucks in a rather shameful exchange of the short-lived power. The civilians took to enjoying the limited time to board the tankers and trucks and broke into chants meant to show their solidarity against the attempted coup. There were those who boarded their vehicles and drove around celebrating how they had successfully quelled the oncoming crisis.

To the civilians, a repeat of the 30 year period between 1967 and 1997 is one they would not like to have reoccurring. With the scars still borne by the coups that ousted four government from power, most swore to give up their lives fighting for their country’s political stability. Quite surprisingly, the opposition government also came up strongly in the support of President Erdogan, a fact that leaves the coup as amongst the most shameful and failed coups in history. What’s more? The Turkish citizens also stand in support of the death penalty as a vivid punishment meant to prevent the reoccurrence of another coup.

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