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51 CN ON: Horgan Touts Marijuana PreparednessWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:Ontario Lines:72 Added:10/06/2017

During first ministers meetings, Premier hints that B.C., unlike Ontario, may leverage dispensaries in its legalized drug regime

Premier John Horgan has hinted again that British Columbia's growing number of illegal marijuana dispensaries could have a role to play when recreational use of the drug is made legal next summer.

Mr. Horgan, who in the past has voiced support for bringing existing operators on board, seemed to suggest on Tuesday that B.C.'s robust marijuana industry means the province is already well positioned to begin legal retail sales by the federal government's July 1 target.

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52 Canada: Column: Government Must Keep Its Eyes On Pot's Black MarketWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Clark, Campbell Area:Canada Lines:99 Added:10/06/2017

Legalization must give a signal to marijuana users that it's not just legal, but they might as well buy it legally. First ministers are quickly losing sight of that

You can only have 13 people in a room talking about selling pot for so long before they start working out how to divvy up the proceeds.

So no wonder the feds put the deal on the table when the premiers were in Ottawa on Tuesday: The federal government will levy a 10-per-cent excise tax, and split the proceeds straight down the middle. Everybody gets a piece of the action.

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53 CN MB: PUB LTE: Drug Regulation Is KeyWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Storie, Jerry Area:Manitoba Lines:36 Added:10/06/2017

Re: Plan to police cannabis-impaired driving full of holes: experts (Sept. 29)

Can we stop the parade of nonsense about the dangers of the legalization of marijuana? People have been smoking marijuana for decades and the idea that there will be a crush of people rushing to use this drug and drive is unfounded. You cannot stop drug use by criminalizing it. You simply create victims and drug dealers.

In my opinion, there should be two categories of drugs: recreational - such as alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, nicotine and marijuana - that we regulate, and ones that are available by prescription. Prescription drugs like opioids, and unregulated non-prescription drugs, like Tylenol, cause more deaths than all the recreational drugs combined.

We know recreational drugs like alcohol and nicotine cause problems for some; making them legal won't change that, but it will create fewer victims and casualties than drug wars.

Jerry Storie

Winnipeg

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54CN ON: Second Raid Shuts Cannabis CultureWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

Employees jeer drug squad, SWAT team

Police raided one of the city's busiest pot shops on Tuesday, hauling away five clerks in handcuffs while a handful of demonstrators jeered.

It's the second time the Cannabis Culture dispensary on Bank Street near Gladstone Avenue has been raided. The illegal shop closed for a day last March after police arrested five clerks for drug trafficking and hauled away the dried weed, cannabis concentrates and oils on sale.

On Tuesday, drug squad officers in balaclavas, the SWAT team and uniformed officers arrived at the shop not long after it opened at 10 a.m.

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55 CN ON: PM Calls For Federal Tax On PotWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Bryden, Joan Area:Ontario Lines:118 Added:10/06/2017

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is proposing to levy a federal excise tax on recreational marijuana once it becomes legal next July, with the provinces and territories receiving half the revenue.

Under a federal proposal put to premiers during a first ministers meeting Tuesday, each gram of pot would be subject to an excise tax of $1 on sales up to $10 and a 10 per cent tax on sales of more than $10.

However, premiers argued that provinces will foot the lion's share of the cost of regulating and enforcing the new regime and should, therefore, get the lion's share of the revenue.

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56 CN ON: Ferguson Worried Pot Plants Will Push Out Cash CropsWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Moro, Teviah Area:Ontario Lines:49 Added:10/06/2017

A burgeoning pot-growing industry stands to steamroll prime farmland in Hamilton if the city isn't prepared to fend it off, Coun. Lloyd Ferguson warns.

"This scares the living daylights out of me," the Ancaster councillor said during Tuesday's planning committee meeting.

Ferguson, who's not on the committee, attended to ask planning staff whether the official plan and zoning regulations barred such entrepreneurs from setting up operations larger than 2,000 square metres. He said one applicant wants to set up a 200-acre facility in concrete bunkers on Greenbelt land, undercutting the purpose of the agricultural and wooded buffer zone. Ferguson said "there's a clear difference" between growing cucumbers and cultivating marijuana for sale.

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57CN ON: Will Teens Cross Bridge To Buy Pot In Gatineau?Mon, 02 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

If Ontarians, 18, can buy pot in Quebec, they'll need to find a place to smoke it

Ottawa 18-year-olds have for years gleefully evaded Ontario's age requirement of 19 to buy alcohol by making a short trip across the Ottawa River to drink legally in Quebec.

Now that provincial age discrepancy appears likely to be replicated for pot smokers, too, with reports the Quebec government intends to set the legal age for buying marijuana at 18.

Ontario has already announced an age of 19 to buy or possess pot when it's legalized by the federal government. That's also Ontario's legal drinking age.

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58 Switzerland: Commission Makes Recommendations For Tackling OpioidMon, 02 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:Switzerland Lines:110 Added:10/06/2017

The Global Commission on Drug Policy has issued recommendations on tackling North America's opioid crisis, calling for the immediate expansion of harm reduction services, the decriminalization and regulation of currently illicit drugs and an initiative to allow interested cities to de facto decriminalize as federal debates over drug policy continue.

The position paper, to be released on Monday, comes in advance of the final report of the White House opioid commission, led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, due out in November.

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59CN ON: Marijuana Advocate Back In NiagaraTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:Standard, The (St. Catharines, CN ON) Author:Law, John Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

Grow Up Expo features Jodie Emery as speaker at convention focused on impending legalization of marijuana next July

Jodie Emery laughs when reminded of her last visit to Niagara Falls seven years ago.

It started with a trip to MP Rob Nicholson's office on St. Paul Avenue for a protest. It ended waiting for two members of her group to be released from the Niagara Regional Police station on Morrison Street after they were arrested.

Emery and several pro-marijuana advocates were hoping to speak with Nicholson, Canada's justice minister at the time, about the extradition of her husband Marc, who was facing five years in a U.S. federal prison for selling mail-order pot seeds across the border.

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60US GA: OPED: Becoming One Of 'Those People' After Addiction StruckSun, 01 Oct 2017
Source:Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) Author:Boccia, Kate Area:Georgia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

I am a pretty quintessential middle-class American woman. My ancestry is Danish and English-maybe some Scottish somewhere. I'm just enough of a WASP to have some ancestors who fought in the Revolution. But I certainly didn't feel superior to the blue-collar Italian and Irish kids in the lower-middle-class neighborhood where I grew up - in fact, I would have laughed at the notion that, merely as white people, any of us were privileged. I reserved that term for the rich kids living in big houses across town. In my book, privilege meant you had a lot more than my family had.

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61US GA: Police Chief: New Law Doesn't Legalize PotWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) Author:Stafford, Leon Area:Georgia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

You might want to think twice before you light up that joint in Piedmont Park or anywhere else in the city of Atlanta.

The drug is still illegal, despite Monday's move by the Atlanta City Council to eliminate jail time and reduce the penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana, Atlanta Police Chief Erica Shields said Tuesday.

In an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Shields said some media and advocates of cannabis decriminalization are confusing the public by suggesting the Council's action gives Atlanta residents permission to use pot without consequence.

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62US GA: Atlanta: No Jail For Pot PossessionTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) Author:Stafford, Leon Area:Georgia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

The Atlanta City Council on Monday unanimously passed legislation eliminating jail time and reducing penalties on possession of small amounts of marijuana, but not before mayoral candidates got into heated debates and backers of the bill became rowdy.

The legislation, which was resurrected in September after spending months in committees because of concerns it might send the wrong message, brings Atlanta closer to other large cities across the nation that are either lessening penalties on pot or decriminalizing it altogether as Americans' opinions on the drug evolve.

It will reduce the financial penalty for possession of one ounce or less from up to $1,000 to a maximum of $75. Jail time, currently six months for possession, would be eliminated for an ounce or less.

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63 CN ON: Pot Advocate Back In FallsTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:Law, John Area:Ontario Lines:118 Added:10/06/2017

Grow Up Expo features Jodie Emery as speaker at convention focused on impending legalization of marijuana next July

Jodie Emery laughs when reminded of her last visit to Niagara Falls seven years ago.

It started with a trip to MP Rob Nicholson's office on St. Paul Avenue for a protest. It ended waiting for two members of her group to be released from the Niagara Regional Police station on Morrison Street after they were arrested.

Emery and several pro-marijuana advocates were hoping to speak with Nicholson, Canada's justice minister at the time, about the extradition of her husband Marc, who was facing five years in a U.S. federal prison for selling mail-order pot seeds across the border.

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64 CN ON: OPED: Give First Nations Priority Access To Marijuana IndustryTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Quesnel, Joseph Area:Ontario Lines:92 Added:10/06/2017

The legalization of marijuana in Canada in July 2018 gives the federal government an opportunity to bring communities - including Indigenous ones - into this lucrative sector in a big way.

For example, Manitoba's Opaskwayak Cree Nation recently took a major stake in a medical marijuana company. OCN purchased $3 million in shares in National Access Cannabis, a privately held company that recently traded publicly for the first time.

Private investors in medical and recreational marijuana are watching intently as the federal government unveils its plans for how pot will be legally grown and sold in Canada.

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65 CN ON: LTE: Stop Legal Marijuana Before It HappensTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:Low, Thomas Area:Ontario Lines:45 Added:10/06/2017

One of my best friends is an RCMP officer who spent most, if not all, of his career in the drug squad in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. He told me, "Marijuana is a stepping stone to heroin, and heroin leads to certain death."

Now we have other drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, causing many deaths on a daily basis in the U.S. and Canada.

In Ottawa I observed a car crash of an older teen who demolished his father's car after using marijuana. The police did not know what to do with this boy who cried out to a large crowd that gathered: "I want to go home."

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66CN PI: OPED: Give First Nations Access To Marijuana IndustryTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Quesnel, Joseph Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

The legalization of marijuana in Canada in July 2018 gives the federal government an opportunity to bring communities - including Indigenous ones - into this lucrative sector in a big way.

For example, Manitoba's Opaskwayak Cree Nation recently took a major stake in a medical marijuana company. OCN purchased $3 million in shares in National Access Cannabis, a privately-held company that recently traded publicly for the first time.

Private investors in medical and recreational marijuana are watching intently as the federal government unveils its plans for how pot will be legally grown and sold in Canada.

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67CN BC: Province Adds $31 Million To The Opioid FightSun, 01 Oct 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Karstens-Smith, Gemma Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

People on the front lines of British Columbia's opioid overdose crisis are applauding the government's announcement of more funding in an attempt to stem the death toll.

Premier John Horgan announced Friday the province will spend more than $31 million over the next three years to increase access to treatment programs, offer more free kits of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone, help front-line workers and empower communities to keep people safe.

Speaking to a crowd of politicians at the Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention, Horgan noted 876 people died in the province between January and July of this year.

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68 CN MB: Editorial: Schools Should Teach Opioid DangersSun, 01 Oct 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)          Area:Manitoba Lines:60 Added:10/06/2017

Schools have been called upon to teach more than the Three Rs for many decades now, but they should add one more assignment to their long list of lessons: Warning students about drug use, especially deadly opioids.

There'll be some who'll say such a message will fall on deaf ears, but we have a duty to try. Today's young people deserve credit for their sensible approach to hazards such as cigarette smoking and impaired driving - they certainly exhibit more common sense than many of their predecessors.

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69 CN AB: CP Rail Cutting Off Access To Injection SiteSun, 01 Oct 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Schnarr, J. W. Area:Alberta Lines:97 Added:10/06/2017

Stafford Drive bridge area being fenced off

CP Rail is cutting off access to one of the most active illicit injection sites in the city in the coming months, which could drive up drug use in other areas of the city.

In a report to Lethbridge Police Commission on Wednesday, ARCHES Executive Director Stacey Bourque told the commission when CP Rail cuts access to the area under Stafford Bridge, many drug users will lose access to an area where ARCHES cleans thousands of used needles every month.

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70CN BC: Column: California Has Blazed Retail Pot Trail For B.C.Mon, 02 Oct 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

B.C. should follow California's lead as it transitions to a legal cannabis environment and authorizes retail marijuana sales next July.

Both jurisdictions are pot-culture capitals and are dealing with too-tight deadlines and too many nuanced problems to properly meet expectations.

California state voters in 2016 endorsed Proposition 64, which approved legal cannabis with retail pot sales starting Jan. 1, 2018.

As of November, adults over 21 could possess (and give each other) up to 28 grams, as well as seven grams of hash, and they can grow up to six plants.

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71 CN BC: Nelson Receives Provincial Recognition For CannabisFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:Johnson, Will Area:British Columbia Lines:142 Added:10/06/2017

Mayor Deb Kozak reflects on Union of BC Municipalities conference

For a small city like Nelson, it's been a gargantuan task to introduce regulations to two burgeoning industries: cannabis and short-term rentals. But following a hectic week at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) conference in Vancouver, Mayor Deb Kozak is feeling buoyed by the provincial attention they've garnered for their work.

"Nelson is always seen to be on the leading edge of things," Kozak told the Star, upon her return.

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72 CN YK: Yukon Premier Says Local Pot Shops Will Be Ready To Go By JulyFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Yukon News (CN YK) Author:Joannou, Ashley Area:Yukon Territory Lines:132 Added:10/06/2017

Territorial government still deciding between private, public, hybrid models, Silver says

The Yukon's premier says he is confident the territory will have at least one brick-and-mortar shop selling cannabis when the drug becomes legal across Canada in July.

"There will be, in the Yukon, your ability to at least go into the liquor store here in Whitehorse - at the bare minimum," Silver said Oct. 4 after returning from the first ministers' meeting in Ottawa.

"We believe as we move forward we will have some kind of distribution ready to go at that time."

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73Canada: Column: The War On Drugs Is Lost. Try Something ElseSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Black, Conrad Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

The principal initiative undertaken by the Trudeau government has been the legalization of marijuana under tight rules still being elaborated.

I have had a good deal of exposure to the American policy of the so-called War on Drugs, from my time dealing with many pushers and users as students for secondary school matriculation when I was in prison in the United States. I had long been a skeptic about the War on Drugs, which has cost the United States over a trillion dollars and caused the imprisonment of more than two million people (but very few of the kingpins), all while illegal drug use has increased appreciably. The price of drugs has not risen much; supply has not been strained, despite increased use among a growing population.

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74CN ON: Injection-Site Storm Intensifies Over Use Of A City-Owned ParkSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Reevely, David Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

Protesters turn on Coun. Fleury for seeking the closure of temporary tent pop-up clinic

For over a year, Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury has been one of city council's most vocal backers of a supervised drug injection site to save Ottawa drug users from overdoses. Friday, protesters crowded outside Fleury's city hall office, calling him everything but a killer.

About 100 supporters of Overdose Prevention Ottawa and its "pop-up" tent in a Lowertown park chanted "Shame!" and demanded he "man up!" and face them.

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75CN ON: Pop-Up Injection Site Gets Mixed ReviewsSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Helmer, Aedan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

Flyer claims facility has led to spike in drug dealing

A pop-up injection site on the edge of the ByWard Market is drawing mixed reviews from Lowertown residents, landlords and business owners.

An anonymous flyer circulated this week in the area, and shared widely on social media, claims the "unsanctioned and illegal" site operated by Overdose Prevention Ottawa has led to sharp increases in drug dealing, public intoxication, public disorder and discarded needles and other drug paraphernalia littering the downtown streets.

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76 CN ON: Pop-Up Injection Site Gets Mixed Reviews In LowertownSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Helmer, Aedan Area:Ontario Lines:86 Added:10/05/2017

A pop-up injection site on the edge of the ByWard Market is drawing mixed reviews from Lowertown residents, landlords and business owners.

An anonymous flyer circulated this week in the area, and shared widely on social media, claims the "unsanctioned and illegal" site operated by Overdose Prevention Ottawa has led to sharp increases in drug dealing, public intoxication, public disorder and discarded needles and other drug paraphernalia littering the downtown streets.

However, there is no evidence those claims are true.

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77 CN ON: Protesters Crowd Into Councillor's Office To Oppose Closing OfSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Reevely, David Area:Ontario Lines:102 Added:10/05/2017

'POP-UP' SAFE INJECTION SITE IN LOWERTOWN

People crowd in the reception area for councillors' offices at city hall yesterday to protest councillor Mathieu Fleury suggesting a Lowertown 'pop-up' safe-injection site be removed.

For over a year, Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury has been one of city council's most vocal backers of a supervised drug-injection site to save Ottawa drug users from overdoses. Friday, protesters crowded outside Fleury's city hall office, calling him everything but a killer.

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78 CN ON: Charges Dropped Against 'Budtenders'Sat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:10/05/2017

Caught up in pot shop raids

Charges have been dropped against two of the clerks charged in police raids on Magna Terra Health Services marijuana dispensaries last spring.

It's the first time prosecutors in Ottawa have withdrawn charges against "budtenders" working at illegal pot shops. That's in contrast to Toronto, where prosecutors have thrown out many of the drug trafficking charges against marijuana store clerks.

A total of seven people were charged in the raids on Magna Terra outlets on Carling Avenue and on Iber Road in Stittsville last March. Charges against two people were withdrawn, while prosecution of the other five is going ahead, according to court records. Charges can be dropped if there is not enough evidence, or if prosecutors decide it is not in the public interest to proceed.

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79 CN BC: Column: Pot Laws A Challenge For GovernmentSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Knox, Jack Area:British Columbia Lines:93 Added:10/05/2017

They say B.C.'s pot laws have taken so long to sort out because May's provincial election delayed the process.

Either that, or our guys were hot-boxing a van behind the legislature and simply forgot to get it done.

In any case, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth left more questions than answers Monday when, rather than unveiling the regulations many expected, he merely announced a public consultation process.

Ontario might already have its pot plans in place, but here in the birthplace of B.C. Bud, we prefer a more relaxed approach: We'll gather information from stakeholders and the public, or maybe listen to a little Allman Brothers, until Nov. 1.

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80 CN ON: Column: Preparing For Marijuana LegalizationSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Aaron, Bob Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:10/05/2017

When marijuana becomes legal next summer, landlords, tenants and condominium owners can expect an increase in disputes related to both indoor and outdoor smoking.

Effective July 1, 2018, anyone 19 and over will be able to smoke marijuana in their units and grow up to four, one-metre plants per residence.

In the landlord-tenant sphere, landlords may legally prohibit smoking both tobacco and marijuana in new leases, but it may not be possible to prohibit existing tenants.

Condominium corporations can enact smoking bans by amending their declarations, provided that 80 per cent of the unit owners vote in favour of it.

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81 Canada: OPED: Ottawa, Provinces Must Not Let Tax Debate OvershadowThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Wyonch, Rosalie Area:Canada Lines:97 Added:10/05/2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has proposed a 10-per-cent federal tax on sales of marijuana with 50-50 revenue-sharing with the provinces. Although the proposal was a surprise to provincial leaders, for some time, the federal government has articulated that it is seeking a collaborative approach.

The Prime Minister's proposal features a perfectly reasonable tax rate and revenue-sharing arrangement for recreational marijuana. Our analysis shows that a 10-percent tax results in $400-million to $450 million in combined tax revenues and more than 90 per cent of the recreational market being regulated, assuming prices for legal marijuana stay similar to their current level of $7.50 a gram. Higher taxes will not generate increased revenues and will only encourage consumers to switch to illegal supply. Further, harmonized tax rates mean that prices will likely be similar across provinces. This would further minimize the black market, as there would be no profit to be made moving marijuana across provincial borders from a low-tax jurisdiction to a high-tax one.

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82 Canada: OPED: Cannabis: To Eat Or Not To Eat, That Is The BurningThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Charlebois, Sylvain Area:Canada Lines:91 Added:10/05/2017

Ottawa's decision to ban edibles was plainly shortsighted, but recent amendments to allow them are what the public deserves

If all things go to plan, as of July 1, 2018, legal-aged Canadians will be able to walk into a store, experience a perhaps notso-friendly retail environment and buy cannabis. Federal and provincial government leaders are working out how and in what form you will be able to buy it.

Edible items containing cannabis ("edibles") are prepared food products, such as cakes, muffins, candy and drinks. This category also includes the possibility of purchasing a restaurant meal that contains cannabis. Edibles initially were to be banned under Bill C-45, the act to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but this was recently amended to allow these goods. This will take place one year after regular cannabis is legalized in Canada. So it seems Ottawa has changed its mind and, arguably, for some good reasons.

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83 CN AB: Alberta Takes Public-Private Tack On Cannabis SalesThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Cryderman, Kelly Area:Alberta Lines:114 Added:10/05/2017

Blueprint for recreational marijuana sales shares key similarities with proposals in Ontario and New Brunswick, but also shows how varied the provincial approaches will be upon legalization, Kelly Cryderman reports from Calgary

Alberta has joined in the rush by provinces to adapt to Canada's rapidly approaching marijuana legalization, with a draft plan that sets the minimum age at 18 and allows for public consumption in some areas. But the province is undecided on whether storefront sales will be managed by government monopoly or private interests.

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84 Canada: Plan To Add GST, Excise Tax On Cannabis Stokes Black MarketThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Leblanc, Daniel Area:Canada Lines:110 Added:10/05/2017

Ottawa will charge GST on recreational marijuana in addition to the planned excise tax of $1 a gram, threatening to make legal cannabis more expensive than its black-market competition.

The federal government's plan to legalize marijuana by July 1 is designed to replace the illegal market with a heavily regulated industry, but experts say the final sales price will be key to its eventual success or failure. Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Frechette warned Wednesday in a blog post that an excise tax would likely push the price of legal marijuana above black-market prices observed in 2015-16.

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85 Canada: Column: It's Time To Face Facts And Admit Drugged DrivingThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Ibbitson, John Area:Canada Lines:97 Added:10/05/2017

When marijuana use becomes legal next July, more people will drive drugged. Because there is no breath-analysis machine available, police will have a hard time detecting these drivers and securing convictions. Proposed measures to make it easier for police to lay a charge are cumbersome, expensive and possibly unconstitutional.

That doesn't mean the Trudeau government should abandon plans to legalize marijuana. But we should face facts.

"If you're saying to me, 'With these new measures, drug-impaired driving enforcement won't be at a level to have a dramatic deterrent impact on behaviour,' I agree with you," says Robert Solomon, a law professor at the University of Western Ontario who is director of legal policy for Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada.

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86 CN AB: Joint ConsultationThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:89 Added:10/05/2017

Public asked to pipe up on marijuana rules

The NDP government is weighing whether to set up government-run stores to sell marijuana in Alberta or leave the market to private retailers once recreational cannabis is legalized next year.

Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley unveiled the government's proposed framework for legal weed Wednesday, with the province setting 18 as the legal age for consumption - matching the age for alcohol and tobacco use in Alberta.

The province will also mandate that legal weed be sold only in standalone stores, with no sales of alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals in the same facility.

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87CN AB: NDP May Set Up Own Pot ShopsThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

Rules for legal weed set minimum age at 18, allow use in public places

The NDP government is weighing whether to set up government-run stores to sell marijuana in Alberta or leave the market to private retailers when recreational cannabis is legalized next year.

Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley unveiled the government's proposed framework for legal weed Wednesday, with the province setting 18 as the legal age for consumption - matching the age for alcohol and tobacco use in Alberta.

The province will also mandate that legal weed be sold only in stand-alone stores, with no sales of alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals in the same facility.

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88CN AB: Province To Allow Dope-Smoking In Public SpacesThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Southwick, Reid Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

Government proposes permitting pot in provincial parks and on street corners

Next July, you'll be allowed to get high standing on a downtown street corner, walking your dog through Nose Hill Park or hiking in the Rocky Mountains.

In its draft framework for legalized weed, the Alberta government has proposed among the most permissive rules so far in Canada on where pot can be smoked.

They're even more lax than rules in Colorado and other legalized jurisdictions south of the border, according to a researcher who has studied the industry.

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89CN AB: Column: Alberta Would Be Wise To Leave Pot Sales To PrivateThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Varcoe, Chris Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

The Notley government wants public feedback on its new plan to manage legalized pot in the province.

Here's some free advice that could save taxpayers a boatload of cash and a chronic headache.

Don't get into the retail business.

At a news conference in Calgary, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said Wednesday the province is putting together a framework surrounding who can buy and sell cannabis in Alberta.

This comes in response to the federal government introducing legislation to legalize marijuana by next July.

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90 CN AB: Column: Weed Out The Bad IdeasThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Gunter, Lorne Area:Alberta Lines:107 Added:10/05/2017

Alberta NDP's cannabis retail rules could work, as long as sales remain in the private sector

The Notley government's proposed rules for legal pot sales in Alberta, released Wednesday, might just work.

The key will be whether the NDP can be convinced to let private retailers sell weed, rather than selling it through government-owned stores run by bureaucrats and staffed by union members.

The proposals deal with who may buy weed and where, how it may be marketed and how to keep dope-impaired drivers off our roads and toked-up workers out of the workplace.

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91CN AB: NDP Considering Government-Run Cannabis StoresThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

Minister announces policy framework, says legal age to consume will be 18

CALGARY - The NDP government is weighing whether to set up government-run stores to sell marijuana in Alberta or leave the market to private retailers once recreational cannabis is legalized next year.

Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley unveiled the government's proposed framework for legal weed Wednesday, with the province setting 18 as the legal age for consumption - matching the age for alcohol and tobacco use in Alberta.

The province will also mandate that legal weed be sold only in stand-alone stores, with no sales of alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals in the same facility.

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92CN AB: Alberta Sets Ground Rules For PotThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Thomson, Graham Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

But as legalization nears, province still unsure how to sell the stuff

If you're old enough to get drunk, you're old enough to get stoned.

That might not be a government slogan, but it pretty much sums up the nub of Alberta's proposed marijuana laws.

Those laws have yet to be drawn up, but on Wednesday morning, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley unveiled the direction the government is headed.

When possession of cannabis becomes legal across Canada next July, here are some of the proposed rules for Alberta:

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93 US CA: Hundreds Applied To Be On California's Pot Advisory CommitteeThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:McGreevy, Patrick Area:California Lines:37 Added:10/05/2017

With just three months left to draft new rules for marijuana sales in California, the state on Wednesday appointed a panel of industry members, health experts, law enforcement officials and union leaders to provide advice during the effort.

The 22-member Cannabis Advisory Committee will help the Bureau of Cannabis Control develop regulations on the cultivation, transport, testing and sale of medical and recreational marijuana, with state licenses scheduled to be issued starting Jan. 2.

"These individuals represent the diverse backgrounds of California and the cannabis industry and have the necessary experience to make the committee successful," said Dean R. Grafilo, director of the state Department of Consumer Affairs. He said hundreds of people applied for the panel.

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94 US MA: Cannabis Exposition Comes To Boston And No, That Smell Is NotThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Finucane, Martin Area:Massachusetts Lines:90 Added:10/05/2017

Organizers of the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition say they expect more than 2,000 people at the event Thursday and Friday at the John B. Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

It's the first time this particular exposition has come to town. The organizers also held events this year in New York and Los Angeles.

"We are planting our flag here," said Dan Humiston, an organizer of the show.

"We anticipate the New England area is going to be the next big market for the industry. All the tea leaves say this part of the country will take off."

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95 CN NT: Few Fans For Marijuana Legalization At MeetingThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Hub, The (CN NT)          Area:Northwest Territories Lines:121 Added:10/05/2017

Judging by a Sept. 19 public meeting, it appears many people in Hay River are less than enthusiastic about the coming legislation of the recreational use of cannabis.

"I just think that this whole initiative is regressive," said Jane Groenewegen, former Hay River South MLA and a former minister of Health and Social Services.

Groenewegen said legalization next year by the federal government will go against efforts to counter substance abuse in the NWT and trying to encourage people to make healthy choices.

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96 CN BC: Dispensary Denied In PQThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Parksville Qualicum Beach News (CN BC) Author:Collins, Lauren Area:British Columbia Lines:79 Added:10/05/2017

Residents speak of need for local marijuana shop

For some Qualicum Beach residents, medical marijuana is part of their everyday lives. But they will still have to go out of town for remedies for their ailments.

At Monday's (Oct. 2) regular council meeting a motion to issue a temporary-use permit for a medical marijuana dispensary on Fir Street failed. Only councillors Bill Luchtmeijer and Neil Horner voted in favour of issuing the temporary-use permit.

While discussing the permit later in the meeting, Luchtmeijer said Qualicum Beach is probably a very appropriate place for a medical marijuana dispensary.

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97US CA: California Marijuana Grow Houses Account For 75 Percent OfWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Branan, Brad Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:10/04/2017

If you are 21, you can grow marijuana in California. But the rules vary by city. Here is what's legal in Sacramento if you want to grow pot.

California's illegally grown marijuana, once largely produced in national forests and other outdoor locations, is increasingly found indoors, federal statistics show.

In 2016, authorities seized 313,000 plants from indoor operations in California, which made up 75 percent of all indoor plants taken nationwide, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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98 US CA: San Diego Legalizes Supply Chain For Marijuana OperationsWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Garrick, David Area:California Lines:69 Added:10/04/2017

Making indoor pot farms and manufacturing sites for edible products legal will boost the economy, create jobs and improve the quality and safety of local marijuana, City Council members said before approving the legislation in a 6-3 vote. (Oct. 4, 2017)

Making indoor pot farms and manufacturing sites for edible products legal will boost the economy, create jobs and improve the quality and safety of local marijuana, City Council members said before approving the legislation in a 6-3 vote. (Oct. 4, 2017)

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99 US MA: Mass. Marijuana Commission Working On Budget, RevenueWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) Author:Young, Colin A. Area:Massachusetts Lines:89 Added:10/04/2017

BOSTON - As he prepares an immediate budget request for this fiscal year and his agency's budget request for its first full year in existence, the chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission has been meeting with lawmakers and expects to have an estimate of the CCC's fiscal needs within two weeks.

Chairman Steven Hoffman said he's already held about a half-dozen meetings with state lawmakers and expects to hold another six or seven. The topic of funding for the fledgling CCC, which was not a hot topic of debate in the Legislature during debate on pot taxes, comes up "every single time," he said.

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100 CN ON: PUB LTE: Doomed To FailSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON) Author:Groulx, Matthew Area:Ontario Lines:72 Added:09/30/2017

"It is a law of politics that shamelessness pays, but only in Canada would it be taken to this level of nakedly self-serving, patronizing demagoguery without an indignant shove back from the consuming public. We're just so used to it." - Neil Macdonald, CBC News.

All it would take to legalize cannabis is to remove it from the CDSA schedule. Job done.

Set some sensible regulations, collect some taxes and let the citizens and expert growers of Ontario transition into legality and grow a real industry here. There is a vibrant and thriving Canadian cannabis industry already in existence, with thousands of respectable growers and vendors and products available in hundreds of retail storefronts in Ontario.

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