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1 CN ON: Column: Selling marijuana: First, Do No HarmTue, 14 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Agar, Jerry Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:03/17/2017

For those who believe there is no potential harm from illegal marijuana stores in the city, consider Shelley Marshall's story.

Marshall is a suicide survivor who wrote and performs her story through her excellent, one-woman play: Hold Mommy's Cigarette.

She strongly believes in medical marijuana for medicinal purposes and is for legalization, but with regulations.

Her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will never completely disappear, but, she says: "You can get the symptoms to go away if you take care of yourself and if you are in the good company of people who care."

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2 CN ON: Column: Selling marijuana: First, Do No HarmTue, 14 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Agar, Jerry Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:03/17/2017

For those who believe there is no potential harm from illegal marijuana stores in the city, consider Shelley Marshall's story.

Marshall is a suicide survivor who wrote and performs her story through her excellent, one-woman play: Hold Mommy's Cigarette.

She strongly believes in medical marijuana for medicinal purposes and is for legalization, but with regulations.

Her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will never completely disappear, but, she says: "You can get the symptoms to go away if you take care of yourself and if you are in the good company of people who care."

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3 CN ON: Film Festival Takes On Tough TopicWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Sentinel Review (CN ON) Author:Chessell, Bruce Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:03/17/2017

Young filmmakers in Oxford County will have the chance to take on a tough topic: The effects of drugs and substance abuse.

The Oxford Drug Awareness Committee (ODAC) is asking young people between the ages of 14 to 24 across Oxford County to make and submit a short three-minute video that illustrates the effects of substance use relating to one of four topics: Overdose, alcohol, marijuana and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The videos should be well researched and can use different film methods like live-action, animation or claymation.

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4 CN ON: Owner Of Busted Cannabis Dispensary Pleads Guilty To TwoWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Northumberland Today (CN ON) Author:Fisher, Pete Area:Ontario Lines:52 Added:03/17/2017

COBOURG - The owner of a full service pot dispensary store that was busted last year pleaded guilty to two charges in February in Cobourg court.

South Shore Wellness - Full Service Cannabis Dispensary, which was located at 8987 County Road 45 in Roseneath, was busted on Aug. 17, 2016 by members of the Ontario Provincial Police Central East Drug Unit, assisted by Northumberland OPP.

The operator of the facility, Timothy Tucker, was arrested at the scene and taken away in handcuffs. He faced four charges under the Criminal Code including using a forged document, possession for the purpose of trafficking (marijuana), proceeds of crime (less than $5,000) and possession for the purpose of trafficking (cannabis resin).

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5 CN ON: Marijuana Legislation In Spring - MPWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Hamilton-McCharles, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:79 Added:03/17/2017

'We'd rather take our time and do it right than rush into something and regret it later'

Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Anthony Rota expects to see legislation this spring to legalize marijuana.

The challenge, Rota says, is "making sure we get it right.

"We need to make sure we have it dispensed to places children can't get to, making sure that only adults can get to it and people of age," he said Tuesday.

"That is what is taking the most time right now. I was talking to Bill Blair (parliamentary secretary to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould) and he was saying we're likely to have something this spring. "We'd rather take our time and do it right than rush into something and regret it later. It comes down to how we regulate it and how we regulate the distribution"

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6 CN AB: City Staff Have Pot On The BrainWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Simes, Jeremy Area:Alberta Lines:60 Added:03/17/2017

Officials mull ground rules for looming legalization

City staff are laying the ground rules for possible legal pot shops in Edmonton.

Councillors discussed a city report Tuesday that provides an initial look on what legal pot could look like as the city waits for the federal government to release more details on plans to legalize the sale of cannabis for recreational use.

In the report, the city proposes adding "cannabis retail sales" and "cannabis lounges" to a bylaw that currently regulates development of bars and retail stores.

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7 CN ON: LTE: Move To Legalize Marijuana QuestionableWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:50 Added:03/17/2017

"Six workers arrested in marijuana dispensaries raid," March 11

Just this week a report was released saying smoking marijuana can do the same serious damage to lungs as tobacco, which is common sense. The U.K. has done extensive studies showing young people who smoke marijuana have a greatly enhanced chance of suffering psychosis and other mental issues later in life. There is no easy roadside test for drivers in Canada believed to have smoked up. (In Colorado, traffic deaths have gone up substantially since it legalized pot).

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8CN BC: Column: Pot Still Risky Business Outside VancouverWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Moriarty, Wayne Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

I am reminded often of how we live in something of a pot bubble here in Vancouver - how marijuana advocates enjoy a mostly hassle-free ride from the local constabulary.

These reminders come in the form of news stories and anecdotes from other jurisdictions where the sale and use of marijuana is not treated with the benign indifference it receives here. Surrey, for example. A lawyer friend was telling me just the other day how a client of his was arrested recently when the RCMP shut down a dispensary in that city. His client had no stake in the dispensary other than as a customer. He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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9CN AB: Council Works To Tighten Up Zoning Rules For Pot ShopsWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Stolte, Elise Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

Edmonton moved to close loopholes in the zoning bylaw Tuesday to ensure marijuanasales can't happen in corner stores and residential neighbourhoods.

The zoning changes will also specifically ban toking in pubs, a move city planners called "preventative maintenance" to prepare Edmonton for the coming legalization of recreational marijuana use.

"So operations aren't able to legitimize blended uses," said senior planner Colton Kirsop at council's executive committee.

Kirsop recommended other zoning changes and smoking bans be delayed until the federal rules are clear so council debate doesn't "get lost in the weeds." Ottawa is expected in June to introduce legislation regarding recreational marijuana, with legalization to follow in 2019. Based on task force recommendations, it appears it will also legalize cannabis lounges, but ban drinking and smoking there, say city staff.

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10 CN ON: Smoke AlarmThu, 16 Mar 2017
Source:NOW Magazine (CN ON) Author:Delamont, Kieran Area:Ontario Lines:99 Added:03/17/2017

Police crackdown on Cannabis Culture dispensaries clouds future of Prince of Pot

The faint smell of marijuana smoke hung in the halls of Old City Hall on Friday, March 10; dozens had turned out for the bail hearing of Cannabis Culture dispensary owners Marc and Jodie Emery.

Bail conditions for Cannabis Culture's Marc Emery include his not being involved in operation of the stores.

The "Prince and Princess of Pot" were arrested, along with Chris Goodwin, Erin Goodwin and Britney Guerra, on Wednesday night and charged with a raft of marijuana-related offences, including trafficking and possession of the proceeds of crime. The arrests were part of Project Gator, a nationwide operation coordinated by Toronto police specifically targeting six Cannabis Culture locations in Toronto and Hamilton and Cannabis Culture's magazine offices in Vancouver, where computers were seized but no charges were laid against staff. Two Cannabis Culture stores in Ottawa were also raided, although police say those were not connected to Project Gator.

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11 CN ON: Tory Backs Police Raids To Weed Out Pot DispensariesMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Powell, Betsy Area:Ontario Lines:71 Added:03/17/2017

Mayor backs legalization, but says cannabis capitalism has jumped the gun in the city

Mayor John Tory "strongly supports" the latest Toronto police crackdown on marijuana dispensaries even though the federal government will soon introduce legislation to legalize pot.

While Tory says he supports legalization, the people who have been selling pot out of city storefronts have jumped the gun.

"I just think when you have a law that you have to make your best efforts to enforce it," he said Friday, a day after the raids on pot shops in Toronto, Vancouver and Hamilton.

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12 US MA: PUB LTE: Pot Winning FansTue, 14 Mar 2017
Source:Boston Herald (MA) Author:Epstein, Steven S. Area:Massachusetts Lines:26 Added:03/17/2017

President Trump is ill advised to expend resources to shutdown state legal marijuana businesses ("€œPot plans moving forward despite toughtalk from Trump,"€ Feb. 27).

As Jacob Sullum points out in his column: "€œAccording to a recent Quinnipiac University survey, 59 percent of Americans think marijuana ˜should be made legal in the United States,"€™ while 71 percent "€˜oppose the government enforcing federal laws against marijuana in states that have already legalized medical or recreational marijuana."€™ Among Republicans, only 35 percent favored legalization, but 55 percent opposed federal interference with it."€

Steven S. Epstein, Georgetown

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13 US OH: As Heroin Infests Farms, A Grieving Parent Fears For TheMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Healy, Jack Area:Ohio Lines:259 Added:03/17/2017

BLANCHESTER, Ohio - A life of farming taught Roger Winemiller plenty about harsh twists of fate: hailstorms and drought, ragweed infestations and jittery crop prices. He hadn't bargained on heroin.

Then, in March 2016, Mr. Winemiller's daughter, Heather Himes, 31, died of an opioid overdose at the family farmhouse, inside a first-floor bathroom overlooking fields of corn and soybeans. Mr. Winemiller was the one who unlocked the bathroom door and found her slumped over, a syringe by her side.

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14 CN AB: Sowing The Seeds Of Pot LegalizationTue, 14 Mar 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Martin, Tijana Area:Alberta Lines:105 Added:03/17/2017

Cannabis Crusader stops in Lethbridge

This spring, cannabis plants may start appearing in places you'd least expect. And it might be because of Dana Larsen's Overgrow Canada campaign.

On Monday night, the cannabis expert, activist and author spoke in Lethbridge for the first time as part of his Overgrow Canada Tour. The event took place at Moose Hall and attendees were given 100 free cannabis seeds to plant.

"Lethbridge has been somewhat excluded from these types of events in the past, just being a smaller city kind of off the beaten track, and I feel it's important to get this tour here to Lethbridge, to get the exposure to see that (marijuana) is here in Lethbridge as much as it is everywhere else in Canada, and the city needs to embrace that," said local event host Austin Moloughney.

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15CN BC: Police Seize Marijuana, Edibles From Dispensary Near SchoolTue, 14 Mar 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Bell, Jeff Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

Two people were arrested and 15 pounds of marijuana were seized when Nanaimo RCMP carried out a search warrant at one of two Nature's Source dispensaries in the city. Oils, marijuana edibles and $2,000 were also seized.

The 5th Street business was searched March 9 and remains closed. An employee at the other Nature's Source Nanaimo location on Front Street said the site will re-open as a glass shop.

The arrests were made for possession for the purpose of trafficking, with both people being released on a promise to appear in court Aug. 8.

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16 CN ON: Police Keep A Close Eye On DispensariesTue, 14 Mar 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mercer, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:125 Added:03/17/2017

Five were warned they're at risk of being raided; one operator says he can't let 'our patients' down

KITCHENER - Waterloo Regional Police say they've warned five illegal marijuana dispensaries in the region they're at risk of being raided if they continue to flout the laws around selling cannabis.

After getting visits from officers and written warnings, several of the dispensaries have shut down. One that refused - Green Tree Medical Dispensary - was busted Friday by police, who seized $26,800 in pot, $5,400 in hash, edibles and $17,000 in cash.

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17 Canada: Editorial: Bringing The Pot Debate To A HeadMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada)          Area:Canada Lines:64 Added:03/17/2017

The arrest in Toronto on Wednesday of Marc Emery, one of North America's leading pot legalization advocates, may seem draconian to his many supporters. But the law is the law, and those who are alleged to flout it risk arrest, regardless of their reasons for doing so.

No one knows this better than Mr. Emery. A diehard libertarian, he once spent four days in jail for violating Ontario's Sunday shopping laws. More famously, in 2005, he was arrested and eventually extradited to the United States, where he was sentenced to five years in prison for selling marijuana seeds to American customers.

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18Canada: 'We've Been Stripped Of Everything We've Built,' Emerys SayMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

The business empire built by B.C.'s "Prince and Princess of Pot" is on the verge of collapse.

Marc and Jodie Emery have been ordered to cease operating their Cannabis Culture dispensary business after they were arrested Wednesday at a Toronto airport, Jodie said Saturday in a phone interview.

Emery said they were taken into custody by plainclothes officers as they got out of an Uber vehicle and were later strip-searched. She described their treatment by police as "disturbing and shocking" and said they were only permitted to speak with lawyers hours after the arrest.

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19CN AB: Police See Surge In Cancer-Causing Narcotic AdditiveMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:ClaireTheobald, Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

Painkiller mixed with cocaine by dealers can cause seizures, coma or death

Police fear a growing amount of buffing agent being seized in drug busts means more high-level dealers are bringing wholesale quantities into Edmonton for redistribution, creating another avenue for profit.

The Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement (EDGE) unit seized more buffing agent in 2016 - 82.05 kg - than all cocaine, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine combined.

Buffing agents are used by drug dealers to dilute illicit drugs to increase profits.

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20CN AB: Hempfest Participants Balk User StereotypesMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:LePage, Michelle Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

Recreational marijuana users are lazy.

That's the stereotype entrepreneur John Carlson wanted to break while manning a booth for his business at the HempFest Cannabis Expo at the Shaw Conference Centre this past weekend.

The 26-year-old is the owner of Boxcar Studios in Olds, Alta., a glassblowing studio and shop that specializes in "420/710 accessories."

Carlson, a self-taught glassblower, said he wanted to show people marijuana users can be professional and organized.

"If you look here, there's a room full of young, hardworking entrepreneurs."

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21 CN BC: LTE: The Laws Of The Land Shall PrevailMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Barillaro, Ron Area:British Columbia Lines:56 Added:03/17/2017

Dear Editor: The law is the law. In Canada, the law is the law until the law, through parliament, actually changes. In theory, if one breaks the law, there should be consequences that follow. As we all know, many times laws are broken and the consequences have been "of little or no consequence where the bleeding heart court system seems to show sympathy to would be offenders." There seems to be little or no consistency in many court proceedings.

Our illustrious Prime Pinister Justin Trudeau made a pre-election grandstand announcement that he and his government would legalize marijuana if and when he was elected. He was elected as we all know and yet there has been little if anything put forth in the way of fulfilling his pre-election promise. The rhetoric from him has been that there are several issues that need to be studied before legislation will be happening. In other words, it is not a cut and dried issue.

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22 CN ON: PUB LTE: Raids On Pot Shops Not The AnswerMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Barclay, D. Scott Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:03/17/2017

Re Police raid Cannabis Culture shops across Canada following arrest of 'Prince' and 'Princess of Pot,' March 9 We need 21st-century Untouchables.

In the face of the unprecedented epidemic of opioid and other hard-drug deaths, lethal drugs pushed on street corners in full view and a record number of stabbings in Toronto, police instead choose the easy busts: cannabis shops.

Why? Because it's safe. In fact, they won't touch organized crime gangs for two reasons. It's dangerous and they are not directed to. It's no secret that criminal organizations threaten anyone who tries to bring them down. And who is willing to put his family in danger?

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23 CN ON: Pot Dispensary BustedMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mercer, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:03/17/2017

Police say they seized $26,800-worth of marijuana; four people arrested

KITCHENER - After issuing warnings to the region's growing number of unlicensed marijuana dispensaries, Waterloo Regional Police raided a prominent downtown cannabis retailer - seizing significant quantities of pot and cash.

The Friday-night bust at Green Tree Medical Dispensary on King Street East came after an investigation that began last month into the businesses, which the police say remain illegal despite changing legislation on the horizon.

Four people, three women and a male employee, were arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking in the raid. Officers loaded large bags of pot, hash, edible pot products and drinks into vehicles as they cleared out the downtown shop.

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24 Canada: Sick Veterans Urge Health Minister To Further Probe TaintedMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Robertson, Grant Area:Canada Lines:156 Added:03/17/2017

A group of Canadian military veterans who say they are suffering from health problems after consuming tainted medical marijuana is calling on Health Minister Jane Philpott to launch a formal investigation, saying the department has failed to examine the problem properly and fairly on behalf of patients.

Scott Wood, a retired military policeman whose career involved investigating military wrongdoing and guarding heads of state, said he believes Health Canada is trying to sweep the problem under the rug without a proper investigation.

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25 CN ON: Public High Schools Getting Naloxone KitsMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON) Author:Bedford, Sabrina Area:Ontario Lines:86 Added:03/17/2017

UCDSB has been blitzing schools with Fentanyl awareness campaign

BROCKVILLE - As the region's police and health officials grapple with a growing opioid problem, the public school board is also brainstorming ways to keep its students safe from a drug that's becoming prevalent.

In response to fentanyl alerts issued by local public health agencies this year, the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) has deployed staff members to meet with school support teams to look at how to best reduce drug and substance use.

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26CN ON: Emerys' 'Stripped Of Everything'Sun, 12 Mar 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

Couple behind Cannabis Culture ordered to cut all ties with business after arrests

The business empire built by Canada's "Prince and Princess of Pot" is on the verge of collapse.

Marc and Jodie Emery have been ordered to cease operating their Cannabis Culture dispensary business after they were arrested Wednesday at Pearson Airport while on their way to catch a flight to Barcelona, Jodie said Saturday in a phone call from Toronto.

Emery said that they were taken into custody by plainclothes officers as they exited an Uber vehicle and were later strip-searched and detained.

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27 CN AB: Blood Tribe Battles Drug WoesSun, 12 Mar 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:192 Added:03/17/2017

Suboxone offers hope for fentanyl addicts as reserve marks period of progress

Nearly every day, Darcy Medicine Crane catches a ride in a medical transport truck to a pharmacy in Stand Off, a community on the Blood reserve in southern Alberta, to take his daily dose of Suboxone.

He's earned enough trust to be given "carries" - a small amount of the drug that he can administer himself at home - but said he prefers to make the 20-minute drive to the pharmacy each day.

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28CN BC: Column: Arrest Of Emerys Tarnishes Justice In CanadaFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

Persecution of pot providers makes no sense with legalization supposedly on its way

It is always darkest before the dawn - and those who have waited nearly a century for the light of cannabis legalization may find solace in the proverb.

With the federal government set to abolish the criminal prohibition on recreational use of marijuana, Toronto police have thrown pot royalty in jail.

They called it Project Gator - a cross-country operation to put the bite on the most celebrated ganja couple since Cheech and Chong.

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29CN ON: Emerys In Jail After Pot Shop RaidsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

'Prince' and 'Princess of Pot' face several drug-related charges after Toronto arrest

Marc and Jodie Emery, Vancouver's first couple of cannabis, have been arrested, as police across the country raided seven of the couple's Cannabis Culture marijuana dispensaries, including a shop on West Hastings and a residence in Vancouver.

The Emerys were charged Thursday with drug-related offences in Toronto, after raids in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver. They are due back in Toronto court this morning.

The self-styled "Princess of Pot" were arrested Wednesday as they went to board a plane at Toronto's Pearson International Airport for a cannabis expo in Spain.

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30CN BC: Pot Raid Raises QuestionsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Robinson, Matt Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

Should other dispensaries worry?

In some respects, the news that Vancouver police raided Marc and Jodie Emery's Cannabis Culture storefront Thursday comes as little surprise.

Raids happen from time to time, even here in Vancouver, where pot shops are more common than McDonald's restaurants and many of them have business licences.

And the Prince and Princess of Pot tend to thumb their noses at the authorities - more so than others who openly trade in illegal drugs.

But it is a surprise that a Toronto police investigation spurred local law enforcement into action against the Emerys' business.

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31 CN ON: Pot Crusaders Nabbed At Airport Before Police Raid Their ShopsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Powell, Betsy Area:Ontario Lines:113 Added:03/11/2017

Stores and homes in Ontario, Vancouver hit in 'Project Gator'

Prominent pot crusaders Marc and Jodie Emery will appear in a Toronto court for a bail hearing Friday after police raided the couple's seven marijuana dispensaries in Toronto, Vancouver and Hamilton.

The Emerys, purportedly en route to a cannabis expo in Spain, were arrested at Pearson airport Wednesday evening and charged with several drugrelated offences, including trafficking and possession for that purpose. They made a brief court appearance Thursday.

"Marc, of course, plans to fight as hard as he can and as he always has for the true legalization of cannabis and the end of all arrests in Canada, as does Jodie," B.C. lawyer Kirk Tousaw said in a TV interview from Vancouver.

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32 CN ON: Column: Room For Everyone To Get A BuzzFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Warmington, Joe Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:03/11/2017

You'd think they'd be out of doobies.

Even after Toronto Police cleaned the place out of all their pot, the stench of marijuana was ripe inside the store.

Police took out tens of thousands of dollars worth of product from envelopes and jars. But they didn't get it all. Staff found police left behind some rolled joints and undetected envelopes of pot.

The smiling group, who got off on warnings by the same police who did charge owners Marc and Jodie Emery, quickly rolled and sparked up the spoils in defiance right in front me and colleagues Maryam Shah and photographer Craig Robertson. The message was clear. "We will be open again tomorrow," general manager Jamie McConnell insisted. "When you are in the pot dispensary business, you expect this."

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33 CN ON: Weed Renegades Vow To ReopenFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Shah, Maryam Area:Ontario Lines:75 Added:03/11/2017

Cop raids on pot shops catch staff by surprise

"Oh great." That's the first thought 26-year-old Rebecca said she had when she saw police officers enter the Cannabis Culture store on Queen St., near Broadview, in a Thursday morning raid that targeted the chain of dispensaries nationwide.

"I actually didn't have much of a reaction time," she said, declining to provide her last name, but identifying herself as one of five employees at the store. "I couldn't even yell, 'Raid!' "

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34 Canada: Dispensaries Raided CountrywideFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:Canada Lines:119 Added:03/11/2017

Following arrests of Marc and Jodie Emery, police target shops even as Ottawa prepares for legalization

Police officers in several Canadian cities raided illegal marijuana dispensaries linked to activists Marc and Jodie Emery on Thursday, charging them and several others with drug offences as part of an investigation led by Toronto police.

The raids were the latest attempt by local police forces to shut down pot shops that have been opening in cities across the country, even as the federal government prepares to fully legalize the drug with legislation this spring. It was also notable for the involvement of Vancouver's police force, which has largely left dispensaries in the city alone, including those run by the Emerys.

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35CN ON: 'Prince And Princess Of Pot' Face Charges After Swoop On ShopsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Cameron, Peter Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

TORONTO - Prominent marijuana activists Marc and Jodie Emery were charged with multiple drug-related offences in Toronto on Thursday after police in several cities raided pot dispensaries associated with the couple.

The self-styled "Prince" and "Princess of Pot" were arrested at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Wednesday evening. They appeared briefly in a courtroom on Thursday afternoon before police announced the full list of charges they faced.

Marc Emery faces 15 counts, including conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime, while Jodie Emery is charged with five similar counts.

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36CN BC: Letter: Only Licensed Producers Should Sell PotThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Sanderson, Derek Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

My company is cleared by Ottawa to consult with licensed marijuana producers going through the very restrictive licensing process, which requires more than 170 detailed operating procedures and risk assessment.

With more than 800 application rejections in 2016 alone, there are no shortcuts with the regulations/safety of legal marijuana.

Health Canada is leading this, and when multimillion-dollar licensed producers are involved with one pesticide issue, they're shut down. That's how tight these regulations are.

Victoria's dispensaries: Where's the dope coming from and how is it grown?

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37 CN BC: Column: 4/20 Organizers Wrong To Plan Party During FentanylThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Slivinski, Ada Area:British Columbia Lines:61 Added:03/11/2017

Plans are well under way for this year's 4/20 pot party.

Organizers have begun booking booths for this year's event even though the Vancouver Park Board has denied the group a special event permit. Just like last year, the Park Board has been stuck in an extremely difficult position - forced by the mayor's inaction to put up with a 4/20 party they haven't sanctioned while the federal government constantly teeters on the verge of legalizing marijuana.

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38 CN BC: Canada's Dare AmbassadorThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Gillis, Len Area:British Columbia Lines:103 Added:03/11/2017

Timmins teen selected as the national rep for a you advisory board for D.A.R.E. in the U.S. . A young Timmins woman has been selected as the first ever Canadian to join the national youth advisory board for D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) in the United States. Alexya Racicot, a 16-year-old student of Ecole secondaire catholique Theriault, will soon be travelling to Hawaii and also to Texas to help advise and shape D.A.R.E. programs in the future.

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39 CN BC: Green MLA Wants Talks To Legalize Hard DrugsThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Lupick, Travis Area:British Columbia Lines:62 Added:03/11/2017

The leader of the B.C. Green party has said that the fentanyl crisis is a reason for Canada to have a national debate about legalizing drugs, including heroin.

"This is a very important discussion that we need to have," Andrew Weaver told the Straight. "If you want to deal with organized crime in the drug area, legalization is the way forward. But we're not ready for that here in Canada yet."

Weaver is the MLA for Oak Bay- Gordon Head and a distinguished climate scientist. He explained that although studies show that there are benefits to legalizing drugs for both individual addicts and society as a whole-improving people's physical health and reducing crime, for example-the general public requires more time and education to better understand those issues and the controversial policies to which they relate.

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40 Canada: Marc Emery's Pot Shops Raided Across CountryFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Li, Wanyee Area:Canada Lines:86 Added:03/11/2017

Activist couple arrested in Toronto, face 15 drug charges

Vancouver police raided Cannabis Culture, headquarters of marijuana activists Marc and Jodie Emery, Thursday morning at the request of Toronto police.

The couple were arrested in Toronto Wednesday and face 15 counts, including trafficking, drug possession and proceeds of crime charges. Police across the country have raided seven shops in the Emery chain, branded Cannabis Culture. The federal government has said it will legalize marijuana this year.

A Cannabis Culture employee, who identified himself as Chris, said police took marijuana products as well as routers and computers from the store on West Hastings Street near Cambie Street.

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41 CN AB: Preparing For Legal Pot ShopsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Simes, Jeremy Area:Alberta Lines:97 Added:03/11/2017

City report addresses marijuana dispensaries

The city is getting a head start on preparing for the expected growth of legal pot shops in Edmonton, but at least one business owner eyeing a future store wants more answers.

Edmonton addressed marijuana dispensaries for the first time in a report released Thursday, as it waits for the federal government to release more details on its expected bill to legalize sales of cannabis for recreational use.

The report is the first look into what legal pot in Edmonton could look like: it outlines where marijuana can be grown, and adds 'cannabis retail sales' and 'cannabis lounges' to a bylaw that governs the development of bars and other retail stores.

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42 CN ON: T.O. Police Raid Hamilton DispensaryFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Hayes, Molly Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:03/11/2017

Hours earlier, activists Marc and Jodie Emery were arrested at Pearson

Toronto police raided a Hamilton dispensary Thursday morning just hours after two prominent Canadian marijuana activists were arrested at Pearson airport.

Undercover officers raided the Hamilton location of Cannabis Culture on King Street East - easy to spot from its bright green exterior, between Walnut and Wellington streets - manager Rex Mekkem said.

"I'm just letting people know. Metro Toronto is raiding the Hamilton store," Mekkem said in a live cellphone video posted to his Facebook page Thursday just before noon.

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43 CN BC: Police Raid Cannabis Culture Pot ShopsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:103 Added:03/11/2017

Marc and Jodie Emery face drug charges after latest crackdown

A dozen Vancouver police officers raided Marc Emery's Cannabis Culture headquarters on West Hastings Street on Thursday morning.

Marc and Jodie Emery were charged with drug-related offences in Toronto on Thursday after police also raided seven of the couple's Cannabis Culture marijuana dispensaries.

The self-styled "Prince" and "Princess of Pot" were arrested Wednesday evening as they were about to board a plane to Spain at Pearson International Airport. They were heading to Barcelona to attend the Spannabis marijuana expo.

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44CN BC: Dispensary Owners Not Butting Out Despite Recent RaidsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

The day after Marc and Jodie Emery were arrested by Toronto police, B.C.-based cannabis advocates and business people said they expect the retail bud business to continue as usual in Vancouver.

Jeremy Jacob, the Vancouver-based head of a national industry association for dispensaries, said Thursday its members "have a good relationship" with the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Police Department "and we expect that to continue.

"We value the position the VPD has taken during this transition to a regulated market," said Jacob, president of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries and owner of The Village Dispensary near Vancouver's Granville Island. None of the Emerys' businesses are members of his association, he said.

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45CN ON: Emerys Arrested After Pot Shop RaidsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

Dispensaries: First couple of cannabis face multiple charges after police operations in B.C. and Ontario

Marc and Jodie Emery, Vancouver's first couple of cannabis, have been arrested as police across the country raided seven of the couple's Cannabis Culture marijuana dispensaries, including a shop on West Hastings and a residence in Vancouver.

The Emerys were charged Thursday with drug-related offences in Toronto after raids in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver. They are due back in Toronto court this morning.

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46 CN BC: District Cautious As It Awaits Pot LegislationWed, 08 Mar 2017
Source:Sooke News Mirror (CN BC) Author:Laird, Kevin Area:British Columbia Lines:57 Added:03/11/2017

Until the federal government legalizes marijuana, the District of Sooke won't allow any more pot dispensaries in Sooke, says Mayor Maja Tait.

"We're not interested in any more - 3 is enough," she said.

Tait made the comments the same day Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in Victoria that new legislation would come before Parliament this summer.

"We'll wait to see how we proceed. We need to see what the federal legislation and provincial regulations look like before we see what role we take," she said.

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47 CN BC: Trudeau Takes Tough Stance On Marijuana RegulationsWed, 08 Mar 2017
Source:Victoria News (CN BC) Author:Wong, Kendra Area:British Columbia Lines:69 Added:03/11/2017

Despite promises to legalize marijuana, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a tough stance on current marijuana regulations, saying "the law remains the law" during a visit to Esquimalt Thursday.

"We are moving forward on a framework to regulate and control marijuana, to protect our kids and keep our communities safer from criminals and organized crime," Trudeau said while he was at CFB Esquimalt.

Marijuana regulations have been in the spotlight over the past year, especially in Victoria, where roughly 35 marijuana dispensaries have sprouted. But marijuana regulations have been a grey area for the City of Victoria, as with many other municipalities, with mayor and councillors wondering if it's necessary to impose new regulations if the drug will be legalized in the coming months.

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48 Canada: Cannabis Firm's Plan Aims To Set Safety Standards For SectorThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Robertson, Grant Area:Canada Lines:111 Added:03/11/2017

With the medical-marijuana industry caught in a tainted-cannabis scare that Health Canada has yet to fully confront, one company has struck out on its own to devise a solution to the controversy - and hopes the rest of the sector will voluntarily follow suit.

Aurora Cannabis Inc., one of 38 federally licensed producers of medical cannabis, is expected to announce on Thursday that it is unveiling the industry's strictest consumer safety regime, testing all of its products for contaminants at a federally accredited lab, then making those certified test results public.

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49 CN NS: OPED: Ethical WeedThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Coast, The (CN NS) Author:Johnstone, Luke Area:Nova Scotia Lines:82 Added:03/11/2017

For years, cannabis has been a counter-cultural symbol-a plant that can be grown almost anywhere, giving it little marketing potential. That's about to change.

At a show last summer, a musician friend said to me, "This is Pineapple Express-I bought it legally in Kensington Market." Legal. Weed. Kensington. Toronto. That stuck in the memory banks, and I followed up next time I was in Toronto, visiting several locations of one well-reputed dispensary, sampling as many marijuana strains and concentrates as my budget would afford.

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50 Canada: Cannabis Shops Take On TestingThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Bailey, Ian Area:Canada Lines:102 Added:03/11/2017

Illegal marijuana dispensaries in B.C., Ontario work on protocol system for detecting contaminants

Illegal marijuana dispensaries in British Columbia and Ontario say they are developing a system of testing standards amid concerns about contaminants in cannabis - both at unauthorized storefronts and in the federally regulated system.

The proposal from the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries, whose 25 members represent a fraction of the hundreds of illegal dispensaries operating across the country, to set up a testing system by May comes ahead of federal legislation to legalize the drug. The Liberal government has not said where recreational marijuana will be sold, but dispensaries have lobbied to be included in the new system.

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