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51CN ON: Teenager Killed After Visit To Crack Den, Police SayWed, 29 Nov 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Yogaretnam, Shaamini Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/29/2017

Homicide victim attacked outside after looking for place to smoke pot, cops say

Police believe a teen who was fatally stabbed in Vanier was just looking for a place to smoke weed purchased at an illegal dispensary when he wound up inside a crack den, the Citizen has learned.

Zakaria Iqbal, just 18 years old and a Gloucester High School student, died Monday night after an attack on Montreal Road.

Detectives believe that Iqbal and his friends purchased marijuana at Dr. Greenthumb dispensary, also on Montreal Road. Employees at the dispensary said police visited the pot shop Tuesday as part of their homicide investigation, asking questions about who was there and when.

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52 CN NS: OPED: Newfoundland And Labrador Doing Cannabis Sales CorrectlyWed, 29 Nov 2017
Source:Chronicle Herald (CN NS) Author:Morgan, Jordi Area:Nova Scotia Lines:74 Added:11/29/2017

Allowing private sector to take point on distribution a sensible policy

Newfoundland and Labrador made a common-sense decision last week on the distribution of cannabis in that province. They've opted for a private-sector distribution model, breaking away from the ill-considered public-sector monopolies being set up in Ontario and New Brunswick.

As part of the Newfoundland and Labrador plan, the government says it will allow the sale of cannabis by private retailers, while the regulation, distribution and online sales will initially be carried out by the Newfoundland Liquor Corporation. On this issue, the government listened to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

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53CN QU: Column: Wandering Into The Weeds Of The No-Win Pot DebateWed, 29 Nov 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Schukov, Victor Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:11/29/2017

The prospect of legalization opens up Pandora's box overflowing with dilemmas

A few years ago, after a heated argument with a friend at a party, I decided that I would never/ever write about whether marijuana should be legalized.

But since this-bud's-for-you (or not), colloquially called skunk, (a.k.a. mary jane), is being legalized real soon, I have decided to unbutton my loose lip and (gently) lower my big toe into the bath water. This is primarily because it is a headline topic that will deeply (I think) affect the West Island. (I promise not to take sides because that would only get me crappy letters. I am not threatened by my capacity for being weak-kneed nor my addiction to the errant exploitation of parentheses.)

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54 CN MB: Shattering The Stigma - Jesse DaltonWed, 29 Nov 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Ball, Candice G. Area:Manitoba Lines:164 Added:11/29/2017

When Dalton Fredericks took Jesse, his 18-year-old son, to the hospital because his son seemed dangerously high, he learned about the stigma associated with opioid addiction.

"I took him to the hospital and I said, 'I want you to keep him here.' I went home and after three hours, I got a call from the hospital that they were releasing him," he said.

The nurse told Fredericks that his son had been doing drugs, but there was not much they could do for him. He had the RCMP take Jesse into custody because he feared for his safety.

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55 CN BC: Nelson Searches For Answers To Fentanyl CrisisWed, 29 Nov 2017
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:Harper, Tyler Area:British Columbia Lines:99 Added:11/29/2017

Packed event featured seven speakers, plenty of questions

The fentanyl death toll is rising in B.C., but so is local interest in finding solutions to the crisis.

A packed room at the Hume Hotel heard stories and statistics Wednesday evening from a seven-person panel at an event called Growing Hope: A Community Conversation on the Current Fentanyl Crisis, which was put on by Nelson's Fentanyl Task Force.

Cheryl Dowden, executive director of ANKORS, co-hosted the evening with Nelson Police Department chief Paul Burkart. The event had been planned to run two hours, but ended up stretching to three as the audience peppered speakers with questions.

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56Canada: Feds Aim To Keep Organized Crime Out Of Legal MarijuanaFri, 24 Nov 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Platt, Brian Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2017

Tougher checks than exist for licence holders

As the federal government inches closer to legalizing recreational marijuana by next summer, it is still figuring out where to draw the line on how much previous criminal history should disqualify someone from taking a senior role in the industry.

In draft regulations released this week, the government proposes requiring everyone in "key positions" at licensed marijuana companies to hold a security clearance issued by the health minister's office. But it's also asking for feedback on whether people with "histories of non-violent, lower-risk criminal activity" should be allowed to pass security checks.

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57 CN PI: A Taxing IssueFri, 24 Nov 2017
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI) Author:Wright, Teresa Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:52 Added:11/28/2017

Trudeau still "working with provinces" on legal pot

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is still working with the provinces when it comes to how legal marijuana administration costs will be funded.

During a visit to P.E.I. Thursday, Trudeau said discussions are ongoing on legal cannabis with the provinces after premiers were cool to the idea of splitting the revenue of a proposed excise tax 50-50 with Ottawa.

"We continue to work with all provinces and territories and municipalities to ensure we bring in a strong legalized framework around cannabis in order to protect our kids, in order to keep the criminal organizations and gangs from making the billions of dollars in profits that they are," Trudeau told reporters in P.E.I. Thursday.

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58 Colombia: Colombian Coca Farmers, Facing A Threat To TheirFri, 24 Nov 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Kraul, Chris Area:Colombia Lines:222 Added:11/28/2017

The anti-narcotics police arrived here in the heart of Colombia's cocaine industry last month to destroy the coca crop. The community was determined to save it.

Roughly 1,000 farmers, some armed with clubs, surrounded the hilltop camp that police had set up in a jungle clearing and began closing in on the officers.

The police started shooting. When they were done, seven farmers were dead and 21 were wounded.

"Several friends and neighbors died on the ground waiting for medical assistance," said Luis Gaitan, 32, who protected himself by hiding behind a tree stump.

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59US NJ: Legal Marijuana Could Be Coming Soon To New JerseyFri, 24 Nov 2017
Source:Asbury Park Press (NJ) Author:Nash, James Area:New Jersey Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2017

The Garden State could soon become a bit more green.

Proponents of legalized marijuana in New Jersey are lining up in the aftermath of Phil Murphy's election as governor, anticipating no-questions-asked pot sales to adults by late next year with an ally in the governor's office.

Murphy has named the head of a marijuana trade group as his chief of staff, and a new association for marijuana retailers has formed. The governor-elect vowed during his campaign to legalize the drug, and the growing industry is counting on him to quickly make good on the pledge.

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60 US TX: Medical Marijuana Will Be Sold In Texas Before End Of 2017Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Source:Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (TX) Author:Tinsley, Anna M. Area:Texas Lines:95 Added:11/28/2017

In just a few weeks, medical marijuana will legally be sold in Texas.

The plants are nearly finished growing in South-Central Texas, which means workers will soon harvest and cultivate them, drying them out and preparing to extract low-level cannibidiol.

Once that medicine is in a liquid form, and packaged in drops, the first sales of medical marijuana -- geared to help Texans with intractable epilepsy -- will occur before the end of this year.

"It's very, very exciting," said Jose Hidalgo, chief executive officer of Cansortium Holdings, the Florida-based parent company of Cansortium Texas. "Nothing in life ever goes as planned.

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61 US IN: Indiana Students Say They Caught Teacher Using Cocaine InSat, 25 Nov 2017
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI)          Area:Indiana Lines:39 Added:11/28/2017

An Indiana high school teacher was arrested on drug charges Wednesday after her students said they saw her using cocaine in her classroom.

Lake Central High School junior Will Rogers told WGN9 he shot video of the incident through a classroom window.

"She's in the corner, hiding with a chair and a book and what appears to be cocaine, putting it into lines," Rogers told the TV station. "When I actually watched the footage again and again and I just realized that my english teacher just did cocaine."

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62 CN SN: Councillor Speaks On Province's SurveySat, 25 Nov 2017
Source:Moose Jaw Times-Herald (CN SN) Author:Joel-Hansen, Michael Area:Saskatchewan Lines:76 Added:11/28/2017

Many unanswered questions remain with regards to forthcoming legislation

Reactions are coming in from a number of quarters after the provincial government released the results of its survey on marijuana on Thursday.

Specifically, the government asked how cannabis should be sold and regulated once it is legalized in July. Acting deputy mayor and city councillor for the City of Moose Jaw Crystal Froese said it is good the province is reaching out to residents.

"I am glad to see that the province is engaging our citizens in a survey," she said. The councillor added that the legalization of marijuana is one that will have a large impact on the city and community and that she was happy to see some of the trends that came to light. One of those questions was about where people should be allowed to light up.

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63 CN AB: LTE: Marijuana: Liberals Should Learn From ColoradoSat, 25 Nov 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Motz, Glen Area:Alberta Lines:68 Added:11/28/2017

Trudeau's Liberals have been rushing their campaign promise to legalize marijuana in Canada while medical professionals, provinces, municipalities, Canada's policing community and the Conservative Opposition have raised serious concerns on the timeline and the impacts. This week the Liberal government released an online consultation about their new regulations. They are repeating many of the mistakes recently highlighted as problems in Colorado.

The Colorado Spring Gazette reported that after five years of legalized marijuana the negative community and youth impacts have been significant and problematic. High school drug violations were up 71 per cent along with an increase in school suspensions. Grade school children, kids aged 5-13, saw drug violations increase 45 per cent. Marijuana use among Colorado youth was the highest in the United States, even though the legal age to purchase and possess is 21 years old. Deadly crashes where drivers tested positive for marijuana doubled in five years. Homelessness growth is among the top of their country. In fact, the legalization of marijuana has attracted many homeless to Colorado, putting strains on their supports systems.

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64CN SN: Legal Pot Age Of 19 Finds Strong Support From PublicFri, 24 Nov 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Fraser, D. C. Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2017

Province gauges views in survey

Saskatchewan residents believe the legal age of consumption for cannabis should be 19, according to the results of the provincial government's online survey.

More than 45 per cent of the 25,974 responses to the question of legal age believe the province should make the legal age of marijuana consumption match the legal age of alcohol consumption in the province, while 27.5 per cent believe the legal age should be 18. Some 18.9 per cent of respondents believe the age should be set at 21 and 7.8 per cent believe the legal age should be over 21.

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65 US MI: Marijuana Butter Case Tossed Out By Michigan Appeals CourtThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI)          Area:Michigan Lines:49 Added:11/28/2017

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A Michigan judge has thrown out a case against two former corrections officers who lost their jobs after being arrested and charged with possession of marijuana-infused butter.

Michael Frederick and Todd VanDoorne were charged in 2014 following an early-morning, warrant-less search of their homes. Both were registered under the state's medical marijuana law to use the butter to control pain. Police allege they didn't comply with the law. They subsequently lost their jobs in Kent County.

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66CN SN: Legal Pot Age Of 19 Has Solid SupportFri, 24 Nov 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Fraser, D. C. Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2017

Province gauges views in survey

Saskatchewan residents believe the legal age of consumption for cannabis should be 19, according to the results of the provincial government's online survey.

More than 45 per cent of the 25,974 responses to the question of legal age believe the province should make the legal age of marijuana consumption match the legal age of alcohol consumption in the province, while 27.5 per cent believe the legal age should be 18. Some 18.9 per cent of respondents believe the age should be set at 21 and 7.8 per cent believe the legal age should be over 21.

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67CN BC: OPED: Liquor Stores The Responsible Way To Retail PotFri, 24 Nov 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Smith, Stephanie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2017

It's late afternoon and you receive a text message: "Friends coming for dinner. Please pick up wine." You pull into the neighbourhood liquor store, pick up a bottle of your favourite wine and head home. A familiar scene taking place across the province every day.

When you go into your local liquor store, you have confidence knowing you're buying a quality product in a secure environment, with stores conveniently located in every community across the province.

B.C.'s public and private liquor stores have a proven track record over many decades, selling controlled alcohol products to adults in a responsible manner, with more than a 90 per cent compliance rate in restricting sales to minors.

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68CN BC: OPED: B.C. Liquor Stores Ideal Venue For Marijuana SalesFri, 24 Nov 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Smith, Stephanie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2017

A proven system is already in place, Stephanie Smith and Damian Kettlewell write.

It's late afternoon and you receive a text message: "Please pick up wine." You pull into the neighbourhood liquor store, pick up a bottle and head home. A familiar scene taking place across the province every day.

When you go into your local liquor store, you know you are buying a quality product in a secure environment, with stores conveniently located across the province.

B.C.'s public and private liquor stores have a proven track record selling controlled alcohol products to adults in a responsible manner, with more than a 90 per cent compliance rate in restricting sales to minors.

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69 CN PI: LTE: Legalizing Drug Poses ProblemsFri, 24 Nov 2017
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Griffin, Megan Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:50 Added:11/28/2017

I am writing in response to the upcoming legalization of marijuana across Canada.

As a young adult who will experience the impact of this major decision, I do not agree and I hope the government comes to the realization that this will ruin lives.

Legalization of marijuana will result in easier access to the drug, causing an increase in usage.

If you consider the underage drinking problem with alcohol, we will have the same issues with underage marijuana usage.

This worries me specifically for minors, as studies have shown that marijuana usage can affect brain development as well as causing death in brain cells.

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70 CN ON: Sign Stirs The PotThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Braun, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:11/28/2017

Group wants billboard near kids' music school taken down

Should a billboard claiming that marijuana legalization isn't harmful be hanging over a kids' music school in North York?

That's the question being posed by Prevent, Don't Promote, an organization opposed to the legalization of marijuana in Canada.

Prevent, Don't Promote is particularly sensitive to anything that looks like advertising or marketing to children.

The billboard in question hangs over Little Jammerz, a music school that caters to children from Kindergarten to Grade 6, according to their website.

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71 CN ON: LTE: First Tobacco, Now PotThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mundy, Lloyd Area:Ontario Lines:29 Added:11/28/2017

Re: Hazards of cannabis - Nov. 11

Thanks to Ron Wagner for his informative letter regarding marijuana.

We taxpayers have spent billions of dollars through the government ads regarding the dangers of smoking. I have lost two members of my family to lung cancer, both heavy smokers of filter-tip cigarettes. The advertising has worked and very few cigarette butts litter our streets. However, when money is spent foolishly, a source of income must be found. The sale of marijuana will help.

Lloyd Mundy

Waterloo

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72 CN BC: Man Acquitted After Judge Throws Out Evidence He Had AThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Fraser, Keith Area:British Columbia Lines:54 Added:11/28/2017

A man has been acquitted after evidence that he had checked in a suitcase containing a large quantity of drugs at Vancouver International Airport was thrown out of court.

David Edward Herman checked in two pieces of luggage when he arrived at the airport for a flight to Toronto on March 17, 2013.

One of the suitcases passed through security without any incident and was loaded onto the plane but screening of the second suitcase indicated the possible existence of explosives.

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73 CN BC: Feds Seek Input On Pot RegulationsFri, 24 Nov 2017
Source:North Shore News (CN BC) Author:Seyd, Jane Area:British Columbia Lines:70 Added:11/28/2017

North Shore residents should be able to buy marijuana in either private or government-run outlets, similar to liquor stores, but there should be strict regulations banning youth under 19 from accessing weed and roadside suspensions for drivers impaired by pot.

Local municipalities also want a cut of marijuana revenues to help with enforcement of the rules and a say about where pot shops are set up.

Those are some of the messages put forward by all three North Shore municipalities in response to a provincial call for submissions as B.C. considers how legal marijuana will be sold and regulated next year. Those responses received are now posted online by the province.

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74 CN BC: Marijuana Dispensaries Not Welcome In DNVFri, 24 Nov 2017
Source:North Shore News (CN BC) Author:Seyd, Jane Area:British Columbia Lines:90 Added:11/28/2017

The District of North Vancouver is going to fight another pot shop in the courts.

The municipality filed court documents Nov. 15 in B.C. Supreme Court, asking for an order that the owners of Medicinal Mary Jane Iprio Inc. operating at 1488 Pemberton Ave. stop selling marijuana and marijuana products, in contravention of local bylaws.

The court documents also ask for an order authorizing police to arrest anyone who contravenes a judge's order in the case.

Six people - residents of Vancouver, New Westminster and Richmond who are directors of the company, are named in the lawsuit, along with Orient Holdings Ltd, which owns the property where the marijuana retail shop operates. Legal documents also name the Medicinal Mary-Jane Canada Society and three people who are directors of the society, including Aaron Sinnathamby of Burnaby who is also a director of Medicinal Mary Jane Iprio Inc.

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75CN QU: Court May Disrupt Provincial Pot MonopoliesThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2017

MONTREAL - As provinces begin drafting laws for the control and sale of cannabis on their territories, an upcoming Supreme Court of Canada case is threatening to derail their plans.

Ontario and Quebec, for instance, want to create provincial cannabis monopolies. As a consequence, Quebecers and Ontarians would be prohibited from mailordering recreational cannabis from licensed producers outside their home province or buying pot from anyone other than their provincial government.

But on Dec. 6, the Supreme Court begins hearing arguments in a case that could mean the end of state-run monopolies as they apply to another favourite Canadian vice: alcohol.

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76CN BC: Drug Evidence Rejected Due To Charter BreachThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Fraser, Keith Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2017

A man has been acquitted after evidence that he had checked in a suitcase containing a large quantity of drugs at Vancouver International Airport was thrown out of court.

David Edward Herman checked in two pieces of luggage when he arrived at the airport for a flight to Toronto on March 17, 2013.

One of the suitcases passed through security without incident and was loaded onto the plane, but a screening of the second suggested it might contain explosives.

When the suitcase was examined by security officers, they discovered drugs later determined to be marijuana and hashish.

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77CN AB: Alberta Frets Over Costs Of Legal PotThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Bronskill, Jim Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2017

Police and Courts

OTTAWA - Alberta's premier says she's worried that marijuana legalization could drive up policing and court bills her province cannot afford to pay.

The justice system is already overburdened and enforcing new pot-related measures could make things worse, Rachel Notley warned in an interview with The Canadian Press.

Notley said she was surprised by the recent federal proposal to levy an excise tax on recreational marijuana once it becomes legal next July, with the provinces and territories receiving just half the revenue.

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78 CN ON: Supervised Injection Site Eyed For Downtown CoreThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Frketich, Joanna Area:Ontario Lines:123 Added:11/28/2017

Mayor backs scheme, says time to get it out of alleyways and off railway lands

A decision on whether to authorize a supervised injection site in Hamilton's core is expected to be made Dec. 4 by the Board of Health.

The proposed site would be located somewhere between Main Street East and Barton Street East and bordered by Queen Street North and Wellington Street North.

"It's high time we tried to get these injection issues out of the alleyways and the railway lines and make sure people who are doing drugs, do it safely," said Mayor Fred Eisenberger. "People are drug addicted and that's just the reality. Turning our mind away from that or sticking our head in the sand is delusional."

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79 CN NS: Safe Needle Disposal Program Open To AllThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS) Author:Sullivan, Nikki Area:Nova Scotia Lines:99 Added:11/28/2017

Most pharmacies won't ask what needles are used for

Used needles or other sharps never have to be discarded in bottles, garbage or public spaces because of the Safe Sharps Bring-Back Program.

The Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia (PANS) administers the program for residential sharps users. Although it is not intended for people who use intravenous drugs, most pharmacies won't ask what the needles are being used for.

"The whole idea is about harm reduction," said Hugh Toner, pharmacist owner of both Medicine Shoppe stores in Sydney.

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80 CN AB: LTE: Gov't Should Slow Down On Marijuana LegalizationThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Unger, Betty Area:Alberta Lines:49 Added:11/28/2017

Why is the federal government in such a hurry to pass its marijuana legalization legislation when there are still so many questions and so few answers?

Recently, the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police said that the legislation is coming too fast, stating that, "There is insufficient time to prepare the necessary legislative framework and regulations to ensure the public safety." The Canadian Association of Police Chiefs warned that it will be "impossible" to be ready for the government's target of legalizing marijuana by July 2018. Do these things not matter?

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81 CN ON: More Pot WarsThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto 24hours (CN ON) Author:Braun, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:11/28/2017

Organization wants billboard near music school taken down

Should a billboard claiming that marijuana legalization isn't harmful be hanging over a kids' music school in North York?

That's the question being posed by Prevent, Don't Promote, an organization opposed to the legalization of marijuana in Canada.

Prevent, Don't Promote is particularly sensitive to anything that looks like advertising or marketing to children.

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82 CN ON: Column: Alberta Betting On Marijuana BoomTue, 28 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Steward, Gillian Area:Ontario Lines:116 Added:11/28/2017

So far it looks like Alberta will be the go-to province for marijuana entrepreneurs lining up to get in on the action when selling pot becomes legal next summer.

Unlike Ontario and Quebec, Alberta has taken a free market approach. Recreational marijuana will be sold in privately owned retail stores and there could be a lot of them because at this point there is no limit on the number.

No drab stores run by liquor control boards for Alberta. And there will surely be way more stores than the 15 Quebec has designated for the entire province (Ontario is planning 40) in the first year of legalization.

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83 CN AB: LTE: Pot's Effects On An Unaware PopulaceTue, 28 Nov 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Miller, Jeff Area:Alberta Lines:33 Added:11/28/2017

Re: "Warnings, plain covers for pot packaging," Nov. 22.

Aside from bona fide medical use, it seems pot legalization may help lull a populace into a sleepwalking oblivion from the world and issues. More happy campers, more votes?

By the way, will there be surgeon general warnings on pot packages? Marijuana effects can include secondhand smoke, dependency, mental impairment, impaired driving, seizures, psychosis, damaged blood vessels, chronic bronchitis, strokes, heart attack, etc.

Cigarette producers may be rubbing their hands with glee, with finally a double standard perhaps exonerating them. Then there's the spectre of bootleg marijuana to underage people. Will the next move be a marijuana leaf Cannabian flag? Will the motto be Qu'ils mangent de la brioche - "Let them eat cake," or translated nowadays, "Let them smoke pot.'

Jeff Miller, Calgary

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84 CN ON: LTE: The Challenge Of Shutting A Pot ShopTue, 28 Nov 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Robson, Ken Area:Ontario Lines:64 Added:11/28/2017

Re: Judge blasts Ottawa police for failing to shut down illegal marijuana shops, Nov. 18; Police as frustrated over pot shops as this judge is, Nov. 25.

When the CannaGreen Marijuana Dispensary opened on St. Joseph Boulevard in Orleans, I was concerned. I knew what was being sold in such dispensaries in Colorado and Washington. Some of the best-sellers are products such as soft drinks, cookies and bars infused with cannabis. I have 10 grandchildren in this Orleans neighbourhood and I don't want them exposed to these dangerous and illegal products.

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85 CN QU: Edu: Column: Quebec's New Weed Laws Are Prudently VigilantTue, 28 Nov 2017
Source:McGill Tribune (CN QU Edu) Author:DePencier, Hannibal Area:Quebec Lines:92 Added:11/28/2017

Quebec's proposed legislation regarding the regulation of marijuana-set to be legalized federally on July 1, 2018-will likely be the harshest in the country, amassing much criticism since it was tabled on Nov. 16. On one side, the Quebec Liberal Party has come under attack from news sites, such as Vice, and marijuana activists for being too strict; on the other, opposing parties, like the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ), have called Bill 157 too permissive. Yet, as they stand, Quebec's proposed weed laws strike an advantageous balance between mitigating the potentially dangerous aftershocks of marijuana legalization-like a spike in youth consumption and DUIs-and being liberal enough to accommodate for responsible consumers and decrease the incentive for the retention of a significant black market. Bill 157 is strict, but not without reason.

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86 CN BC: PUB LTE: Thoughts On PotTue, 28 Nov 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Harris, Scott Area:British Columbia Lines:52 Added:11/28/2017

Re: "Smoking pot hard on health."

The reason that "disparate points of view on the whole issue" exist is simply because those in the prohibitionist camp seem to be highly selective about what they choose to acknowledge as fact. Tobacco use provides the No. 1 source of preventable deaths in Canada and no one in the span of recorded history has ever died just from smoking cannabis.

At the same time, studies that indicate that the use of cannabis slows or even stops the growth of tumors are completely ignored.

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87 CN MB: Shattering The Stigma - Adam WatsonTue, 28 Nov 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Ball, Candice G. Area:Manitoba Lines:88 Added:11/28/2017

Adam Watson didn't want to break his parents' hearts, and he did not want to die, but after battling opioid addiction for six years, he became the victim of a system woefully ill-equipped to help him.

Adam tried a methadone program, he attempted to detox at the Main Street Project, he saw family physicians, he ended up in emergency four times in the throes of withdrawal, and he met with a counsellor at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM). None of the treatment options or resources gave Adam the support he needed.

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88CN AB: Suncor Cites 73 Incidents In Push For Drug TestingTue, 28 Nov 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Kent, Gordon Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2017

Suncor faces "profound problems" with drugs and alcohol at its oilsands operations, including accidents, injuries and death, according to documents filed to support the company's push for increased testing.

The energy giant wants to start random drug and alcohol testing Friday in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), more than five years after Unifor local 707A won an injunction putting the proposed program on hold until an arbitration board's decision.

Although the board sided with the union, a judge later overturned the ruling, a verdict upheld in September by the Alberta Court of Appeal, which ordered a new arbitration hearing. Unifor, which is seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, will ask for another injunction Thursday, but Suncor argues in court documents there has been 73 safety incidents in the last four years where workers tested positive for drugs or alcohol. These include a driver whose idling, unattended truck rolled into a gas oil unit; a forklift operator lifting a 4,500-kg pipe that rolled to the ground; and a dozer driver whose machine tipped over, environment, health and safety vice-president Mike Agnew states in an affidavit.

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89CN ON: Ministry Audit Finds Police Handling Of Drug Evidence CompliesTue, 28 Nov 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Battagello, Dave Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2017

An audit released Monday by the Windsor Police Services Board shows the recent handling of evidence in cases involving street drugs has been in compliance and largely free of errors.

But the audit performed over two months this summer by Ontario's Ministry of Community, Safety and Correctional Services made 11 recommendations for improvements, and all but one have already been implemented, said Chief Al Frederick.

The audit was triggered at the request of Frederick and the police board following questions that were raised over the 2013 disappearance of $25,000 in cocaine from a drug vault under officers' control.

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90 CN AB: Death Toll From Fentanyl-Related Overdoses Continues To RiseTue, 28 Nov 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Tait, Carrie Area:Alberta Lines:86 Added:11/28/2017

The number of people in Alberta who died by accidentally overdosing on fentanyl in the first nine months of this year has exceeded the total number of deaths attributed to fentanyl in all of 2016, according to a new provincial report.

The Alberta government says 400 people died between January and the end of September by accidentally consuming fatal amounts of fentanyl, compared with 357 for all of last year. On average, 1.8 people have died every day from accidentally overdosing on opioids, which include fentanyl, in the province.

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91CN AB: Opioid Death Rate On Rise In ProvinceTue, 28 Nov 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Gerin, Keith Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2017

Latest statistics suggest Alberta will see nearly 550 fentanyl-tied deaths this year

Fentanyl-related overdoses killed 400 Albertans in the first nine months of the year, according to new statistics on the opioid crisis that also revealed a disturbing rise in the emergence of highly toxic carfentanil.

The numbers, released Monday in Alberta Health's latest quarterly report, show the province has avoided any major spikes in fentanyl fatalities this year, but has also failed to stop the death toll from climbing.

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92 CN AB: LTE: It's Going To HurtMon, 27 Nov 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:McColl, Pamela Area:Alberta Lines:39 Added:11/27/2017

Re: Paying for the privilege of smoking pot. Premier (Rachel) Notley stated this week that legal pot could see justice costs climb and questioned who should be paying - the provinces or the federal government? But additional judicial costs should not be her only concern.

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use revealed the cost of marijuana-only drugged driving crashes cost Canadians in excess of $1.09 billion in 2012 alone. Marijuana use is now resulting in far too many young users being admitted to psychiatric hospitals. The level of potency and the prevalence of daily use is causing tremendous damage to the minds and health of many. Some 27% of Canadians who are 15 years of age and older who use marijuana use this drug everyday. The addiction rate for daily use is one in two. Marijuana is linked to episodes of psychiatric breaks of reality, a seven-fold increase in risk of suicide ideation, and early onset of schizophrenia - in some cases by seven years.

Marijuana legalization will see more marijuana use, not less, and it will cost both the user and non-user greatly.

Pamela McColl



(And yet here we are.)

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93 CN AB: LTE: Itas Going To HurtMon, 27 Nov 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:McColl, Pamela Area:Alberta Lines:39 Added:11/27/2017

Re: Paying for the privilege of smoking pot. Premier (Rachel) Notley stated this week that legal pot could see justice costs climb and questioned who should be paying - the provinces or the federal government? But additional judicial costs should not be her only concern.

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use revealed the cost of marijuana-only drugged driving crashes cost Canadians in excess of $1.09 billion in 2012 alone. Marijuana use is now resulting in far too many young users being admitted to psychiatric hospitals. The level of potency and the prevalence of daily use is causing tremendous damage to the minds and health of many. Some 27% of Canadians who are 15 years of age and older who use marijuana use this drug everyday. The addiction rate for daily use is one in two. Marijuana is linked to episodes of psychiatric breaks of reality, a seven-fold increase in risk of suicide ideation, and early onset of schizophrenia - in some cases by seven years.

Marijuana legalization will see more marijuana use, not less, and it will cost both the user and non-user greatly.

Pamela McColl



(And yet here we are.)

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94CN PI: Column: Reefer Madness To Think Marijuana Will Pay BillsMon, 27 Nov 2017
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Harding, Lee Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:11/27/2017

Marijuana legalization opponents say long-term health and social costs will be significant

Legalize and tax marijuana and the budget will balance itself. Marijuana advocates from stoners to recreational users to the prime minister have tried to convince us of this for years. But they're all wrong.

It makes some sense that a product so commonly used should be regulated rather than criminalized, sending its newly enabled taxation revenues to the public coffers. Unfortunately, recent federal announcements and the examples of two American states tell us that a fiscal boon from legal pot is nothing more than reefer madness.

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95 CN ON: Column: It's Reefer Madness To Think Marijuana Will Pay TheMon, 27 Nov 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Harding, Lee Area:Ontario Lines:84 Added:11/27/2017

Legalize and tax marijuana and the budget will balance itself. Marijuana advocates from stoners to recreational users to the prime minister have tried to convince us of this. But they're all wrong.

It makes some sense that a product so commonly used should be regulated rather than criminalized, sending its newly enabled taxation revenues to the public coffers. Unfortunately, recent federal announcements and the examples of two American states tell us that a fiscal boon from legal pot is nothing more than reefer madness.

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96 CN ON: Dare Program CancelledMon, 27 Nov 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Young, Gord Area:Ontario Lines:46 Added:11/27/2017

The North Bay Police Service's drug-abuse prevention program is no longer being delivered in local classrooms.

Chief Shawn Devine said the long-running DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program has been cancelled and that efforts are underway to look for other ways of working with schools to provide education regarding drugs, bullying and similar issues.

He said the decision to cancel the program was sparked by a loss of funding from local school boards that was used to help offset some of the costs of delivery.

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97 CN NF: N.L. To Sell Cannabis Through Liquor CorporationMon, 27 Nov 2017
Source:Gulf News, The (CN NF) Author:Fitzpatrick, Ashley Area:Newfoundland Lines:63 Added:11/27/2017

Independent sellers licensed; discouraging stocking with alcohol

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has revealed some - not all - of the details on its plans for legalized marijuana, with the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corp. (NLC) playing a lead role.

The powers are being brought in as amendments to the Liquor Corporation Act and Liquor Control Act, with legislation coming in spring 2018.

Right now, there are a few clear policy stances:

Legal age will be 19 and it will be illegal for youth to be in possession of any amount (a provincial, not federal, offence)

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98 CN BC: Advent Calendars Are Putting The Merry In MarijuanaMon, 27 Nov 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Omand, Geordon Area:British Columbia Lines:102 Added:11/27/2017

B.C. cannabis company has wait-list of 1,500 orders, but some experts warn such illegal seasonal novelties pose potential health risks

A Vancouver cannabis company is scrambling to keep up with a flood of orders for marijuana-filled Advent calendars, but the novel take on a popular Christmas tradition has some health experts ringing alarm bells.

Lorilee Fedler of Coast to Coast Medicinals said she's been overwhelmed by the response since launching the holiday calendars earlier this month.

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99CN BC: Health Experts Issue Warning Over Popular Pot CalendarsMon, 27 Nov 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Omand, Geordon Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/27/2017

A Vancouver cannabis company is scrambling to keep up with a flood of orders for marijuana-filled advent calendars, but the novel take on a popular Christmas tradition has some health experts ringing alarm bells.

Lorilee Fedler of Coast to Coast Medicinals said she's been overwhelmed by the response since launching the holiday calendars earlier this month.

"We just wanted something fun and different for adults," Fedler said, adding that she came up with the idea after seeing versions containing beer.

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100 CN ON: Edu: Column: There's Major Dough In Dope A How Should TheMon, 27 Nov 2017
Source:Varsity, The (CN ON Edu) Author:Naveed, Ramsha Area:Ontario Lines:130 Added:11/27/2017

To effectively combat substance abuse, marijuana tax funds should primarily be invested in prevention and education

On November 10, the Canadian federal government announced an excise tax plan that will be implemented when marijuana is legalized next summer. The plan proposed an excise tax of $1 per gram, or 10 per cent of the producer's sale price, with the higher amount of the two being charged.

The plan is still in its consultation stage, and there are sure to be many changes over the next few months. Hopefully the fact that education and prevention tactics provide better long-term solutions to addressing substance abuse than punitive mechanisms will guide future discussions about the tax plan. Moving forward, marijuana legalization should be approached mainly as an issue of public health - the revenue from legalization can play a major role in ensuring appropriate solutions to substance abuse are implemented.

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