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1CN AB: Pot Fans At 4/20 Rally Divided On Merits Of Legalization BillFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Wakefield, Jonny Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:04/26/2017

Marijuana could be legal in Canada next year, but whether what comes next will be better has users of the drug divided.

Throngs of pot smokers gathered on the Alberta legislature grounds Thursday for one of the last 4/20 rallies before marijuana is legalized next year.

On April 13, the Trudeau government introduced a bill to legalize and regulate the sale and possession of marijuana by July 2018.

While some 4/20 attendees were happy to see the drug become legal, others said the law won't make life better for cannabis users. While U.S. states including Colorado and Washington now have legal pot, Canada would be just the second country to legalize the drug.

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2CN BC: Pot Rally Remains 'Protestival' Despite Dawn Of LegalizationFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/26/2017

Cannabis users still believe restrictions unjust compared to alcohol's controls

Despite legalization on the horizon, organizers of the annual Vancouver 4/20 cannabis rally say there's little reason to end their battle to free the weed.

Last week, the federal government tabled long-awaited legislation to legalize recreational cannabis, promising a "strict legal framework" for the production, sale, distribution and possession of pot starting July 2018.

But after decades of protesting to legalize it, B.C. cannabis advocates argue the framework proposed will give rise to yet more dissent.

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3CN BC: 'Everything Beautiful' At 4-20 Pot RallyFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Reid, Michael D. Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/26/2017

Flying a Canadian flag in celebration, Barrett Blackwood reflected on a time when the prospect of hundreds of pot smokers gathering in Centennial Square to collectively partake would have been out of the question.

"This is unprecedented to me, to be here and see no police," said Blackwood, 43. "When I first came here [from Nanaimo] in 1980, you couldn't come to this square and have a cigarette, let alone a joint. The police station was right there [on Fisgard street] and they'd come through the parkade and shoo you away."

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4CN AB: Marijuana Enforcement Likely Violates Charter Rights: ExpertsFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:04/26/2017

Ottawa is facing big questions as its move to legalize cannabis use for adults goes hand in hand with stricter laws on drunk and drugged driving and tough sentences for those providing marijuana to minors.

While the Alberta government is supportive of new measures around roadside tests, a University of Calgary law school professor and a prominent city defence lawyer say many of the new federal laws go too far and will almost certainly be challenged as unconstitutional.

In keeping its campaign promise on legalization, the Liberal government last week unveiled a crackdown on impaired driving that will no longer require police to suspect a driver has alcohol in his or her system to administer a roadside test. New legislation will also enable police to take a saliva sample from a driver they suspect of drug use.

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5CN AB: Calgary Catches Up On Cannabis CultureFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Kaufmann, Bill Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:04/26/2017

Upcoming weed expo at Stampede Park expected to match Edmonton trade show

Taboos over marijuana are going up in smoke, supercharging cannabis expos in Alberta, including one taking seed in Calgary next month, say organizers.

Fuelled by a buzz over impending national legalization and eight U.S. states that have dropped pot prohibition, an Edmonton trade show held in early April exceeded attendance expectations, said Kevin Blackburn of organizer Canwest Productions.

"We were hoping for 3,000 to 5,000 people and we doubled that," he said.

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6CN ON: Rain Puts A Damper On Marijuana FestivalFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Samba, Mugoli Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:04/26/2017

A handful of marijuana users gathered under clouds of rain and smoke Thursday to hear cannabis advocates speak at Charles Clark Square in Windsor's first 4/20 Festival.

But despite the Facebook event's call that "thousands of patients" would be in attendance, the event attracted less than 40 people at any one time in the opening hours.

"They're coming, they're going, they're coming back," said event organizer Leo Lucier.

By 4:30 p.m., around 80 people were in attendance, and Lucier said he hoped more might come after work. He said that about 500 people have been "in and out of the event" throughout the day.

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7CN ON: Column: Liberals Legalizing Pot Like They're Forced To Do SoFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Reevely, David Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:04/26/2017

Justin Trudeau campaigned on legalizing marijuana as if he thought it was a good idea. Instead we're getting the most grudging piece of legislation since the Paul Martin Liberals legalized same-sex marriage with the Supreme Court's gun to their heads.

The law proposed last week is a steaming turd of a bill that doesn't acknowledge the hard fact that governments cannot effectively control the growth of plants.

This has been the crippling problem with pot prohibitionism from the very beginning: Marijuana is easier to produce than drinkable booze, certainly easier than smokable cigarettes.

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8Canada: Column: Freedom Not Just Another WordMon, 24 Apr 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Robson, John Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:04/26/2017

The Liberals really seem about to legalize marijuana. Amazing. I am not astonished that they are keeping a campaign promise. Parties generally mean what they say, however poorly they think through the practicalities. What astounds me is that we may see a significant measure to reduce government meddling in people's lives.

The Liberals are moving with ostentatious caution, possibly to avoid playing into their stereotype as the pothead party. But since one survey says a quarter of Canadians have smoked marijuana just for fun in the past year you'd be surprised who indulges without succumbing to Reefer Madness.

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9US GA: Marijuana: Easing Laws Not So EasySun, 23 Apr 2017
Source:Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) Author:Stafford, Leon Area:Georgia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/26/2017

Atlanta wants to join a growing number of U.S. cities that are lowering the penalties for small amounts of marijuana use.

But leaders learned last week that getting there won't be easy.

The City Council sent legislation meant to lower fines and eliminate jail time for possession of an ounce or less of pot back to a committee last week after members had a host of questions. Chief among their concerns was whether there was buy-in from the Atlanta Police Department and city courts, two groups whose backing would be crucial to making such a plan work. Elected officials also fear that being too lenient would take away the deterrent of marijuana use.

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10 US: Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Roll Me A JointSun, 23 Apr 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Hyman, Dan Area:United States Lines:144 Added:04/26/2017

"Isn't it cute?" said Molly Peckler, holding a delicate gold-chain necklace adorned with a cannabis-leaf charm away from her neck. "It's a perfect representation of my approach to cannabis."

With sunlight pouring in through a sliding-glass door in the apartment she shares with her husband, Marc Peckler, a software salesman, Ms. Peckler explained how she believed a shared love of cannabis could be the spark in a relationship.

"Cannabis is almost an analogy for being authentic," said Ms. Peckler, 32, the founder of Highly Devoted in Los Angeles, an online matchmaker that connects cannabis-using singles. "If this is a part of your life, then you should be open and honest about that, especially if you're trying to start a romantic relationship with someone."

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11 CN ON: Veterans With PTSD Hail Medical PotMon, 24 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Coyle, Jim Area:Ontario Lines:114 Added:04/25/2017

Ex-soldiers tell trade show how natural drug has helped them battle war's after-effects

Trev Bungay says the horror began in 1998 when he was among Canadian soldiers scouring the beaches of Nova Scotia in cleanup operations after the crash of a Swissair jet just off the Atlantic coast.

"That was really my look at trauma for the very first time," Bungay told a panel discussion on Sunday at the inaugural O'Cannabiz Conference and Expo.

Then came international missions in Africa, Bosnia, Haiti and four combat tours in Afghanistan.

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12 CN BC: Oped: Marijuana Bill Leaves Unanswered QuestionsMon, 24 Apr 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Albas, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:103 Added:04/25/2017

Last week, the Liberal government introduced the much anticipated marijuana legalization bill, technically known as Bill C-45, The Cannabis Act.

First let me state that the Liberals clearly campaigned on legalizing marijuana and I have heard from several citizens who indicated this was one of the primary reasons they voted Liberal in the last election. I mention this point as I believe the Liberal government does have a democratic mandate to move forward with this legislation.

From a quick overview, this bill takes a similar approach I used with my wine bill that removes federal barriers, but still allows provinces to enact and adopt their own rules and regulations with respect to marijuana legislation.

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13CN BC: OPED: Cannabis Use Can Harm Minds Of Young PeopleFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Beck, Gail Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/25/2017

Every day in the youth program at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, my colleagues and I see young people whose illnesses are complicated by the use and abuse of cannabis or a dependence on this drug. We provide these youths and their families with information on the effect of pot on the developing brain. We are often able to convince young people to decrease their marijuana consumption or, in many cases, to stop using it.

Unfortunately, legislators may not be as aware of the risks of cannabis on the developing brain as mental health professionals are.

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14 CN MB: Lighting Up At The LegislatureFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Olson, Matthew Area:Manitoba Lines:108 Added:04/25/2017

Marijuana enthusiasts gather to celebrate annual holiday in haze of smoke

THE rain may have thinned the crowds - and clouds of smoke - at the Winnipeg 4/20 celebration Thursday, but cannabis supporters still kept their spirits high and their joints lit.

People gathered together on the lawn and sidewalks outside of the Manitoba legislature for the event held every April 20. More planning went into this year's festivities than ever before, with vendors and food trucks lining the street.

This year was a bit different than it has been in the past. Now that the federal Liberal government has tabled a bill to make marijuana legal by Canada Day in 2018, there is cause for celebration - and some frustration.

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15 CN MB: Justice Minister Disturbed By Young SmokersFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Martin, Nick Area:Manitoba Lines:50 Added:04/25/2017

JUSTICE Minister Heather Stefanson looked out her legislature building window Thursday with dismay at how many young people were on the lawn smoking up.

"It does disturb me how many young people were out there today," Stefanson told reporters.

She didn't go outside and she kept her window closed, Stefanson said with a smile.

But Stefanson was all seriousness when she reiterated her fears that federal legislation shows no signs of educating young people about the dangers of marijuana, especially of driving after using pot.

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16 CN ON: PUB LTE: Liberal Pot Plan Is Sound PolicyFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Murray, Patrick Area:Ontario Lines:28 Added:04/25/2017

In reading some opinion pieces, I can't help but think people miss the point of marijuana legalization.

Ninety-four years ago, we tried to legislate our way out of this problem. That attempt clearly failed, as Canada remains one of the largest consumers of cannabis globally. The point, then, is we need to try something different. All the conversation about youth, crime, health, and consumption rates are secondary issues.

Prohibition has failed, and other countries have demonstrated that loosening laws is beneficial. I applaud the Trudeau government. It's high time we legalized pot.

Patrick Murray, Ottawa


17CN ON: Parliament Hill's 4-20 Party Had An Extra Buzz This YearFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:04/25/2017

The annual celebration of cannabis on Parliament Hill had extra resonance this year, coming just a week after the federal government introduced a bill to legalize recreational marijuana.

But for many in the sea of young people at the 4-20 rally, it was also the year's best pot party. They sat in groups, fiddling with water pipes and bongs, puffing on joints, and pulling snacks from backpacks.

Organizers estimated the crowd as upward of 10,000; Hill security officers pegged it closer to 6,000.

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18CN QU: OPED: Legalizing Cannabis Will Help SocietyFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Golick, Jerry Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:04/25/2017

Far from putting Canadians at risk, the move will be beneficial, Jerry Golick says.

I would prefer to have a child experimenting with cannabis rather than with booze or tobacco.

Far from putting Canadians at higher risk, as Benjamin Anson suggested in his opinion article earlier this week ("Legalization of marijuana is courting disaster" April 18), the national legalization of cannabis will provide a much safer society, as well as innumerable other benefits.

The experience of jurisdictions that have legalized cannabis suggests there is little change in consumption rates post-legalization. Generally speaking, anyone wishing access to cannabis in a pre-legalization landscape can easily obtain it today. All we are changing is from whom it is purchased.

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19 CN ON: Column: Pot Laws Looked Like They'd Never Change. Then, WhamFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Salutin, Rick Area:Ontario Lines:104 Added:04/25/2017

People celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, though they're inevitable. Since you never know the precise moment of a WHAM, it should be worth a cheer

Deep social change happens so slowly it looks like nothing is happening. Not just over years, but decades, maybe longer. Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing. Then, WHAM. The imminent legalization of (non-medical) marijuana is a perfect example. Its perfectness even has a generational, father to son, symmetry.

Back in 1969, the Liberal government of Pierre Trudeau appointed a royal commission to recommend policy on marijuana. Its head was a future Supreme Court justice. They heard hundreds of witnesses, including John Lennon, and in 1973, reported. Two of the three members recommended decriminalization for possession and cultivation; the third supported legalization. No one suggested keeping it criminal. It must have been what Trudeau wanted. You always select people knowing what they'll give you. Then, nothing, nothing, nothing - till the son. Why finally now? Who knows? But that's how it goes: there is social ferment, yet no official policy or law reflects it. You feel it's hopeless. Then it bursts forth whole. Too bad for devotees of the cause who died in the interim.

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20CN ON: Column: There's No Room For Doubters On Pot BandwagonSat, 22 Apr 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Henderson, Gord Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:04/25/2017

Fifty years on, I still wince in recalling those two frightened high school kids I saw hauled into an Oshawa courtroom and handed stiff jail terms, two years less a day, for possessing minuscule amounts of marijuana.

They weren't dealers. They were just teens dabbling in the latest thing, but they had the misfortune of being the first "drug arrests" in a tough, beer-swilling automotive city that was close to hysteria over the arrival of dirty, long-haired hippies and their damn weed.

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21 CN ON: PUB LTE: Compromises Had To Be Made On Pot BillSat, 22 Apr 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Bird, Kevin Area:Ontario Lines:34 Added:04/25/2017

Seeing some of the reaction to the Liberal government's proposed legislation to legalize marijuana, you may think marijuana users are unhappy with how things are unfolding. I don't think that's necessarily true.

Although a majority of Canadians support legalization, there are many who do not.

In order to make it acceptable to the widest number of Canadians, some compromises have been made: age restrictions, impaired-driving enforcement and carrying limits.

It is not unfettered legalization, but regulated, not unlike alcohol and tobacco.

When all is said and done, any adult will be able to legally buy a reasonable quantity of marijuana or grow a few plants suitable for personal use. This is a huge change from the situation now and I welcome it.

Kevin Bird, Nepean


22 CN ON: LTE: There Are Problems With Legalized PotSat, 22 Apr 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Khan, Muneer Ahmad Area:Ontario Lines:35 Added:04/25/2017

Drugs should be used as a last option. By making cannabis more available, we are promoting it as a first option.

Dr. John Goodhew, who supports cannabis use for therapeutic applications, such as pain, says it can be difficult for physicians to filter out those who want the drug just to get high.

It's no surprise that more and more Canadians are asking their doctors for medical marijuana. And we cannot deny the harmful effects of the drug. We should focus our energy on why Canadians turn to marijuana and help them leave it, as much as possible.

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23 CN ON: LTE: Jodie Emery Is Looking Out For HerselfSat, 22 Apr 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Parsons, Blair Area:Ontario Lines:38 Added:04/25/2017

Re: Pot plan means harsher laws and punishment, April 18.

Jodie Emery's past advocacy on behalf of legalization is laudable, but now, on the verge of victory, it appears that Emery and her husband, Marc, are doing more harm than good.

Emery cries out in fear that current illegal producers and sellers of marijuana may be displaced or unable to thrive under the new regime.

Most laughable, perhaps, is the call for reparations. Surely I'm not the only one who considered that Emery and her husband would be beneficiaries of such reparations. It appears Emery is not advocating in the best interests of the Canadian public, and instead advocating on behalf of her own financial future.

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24Canada: Medicine Distributors Say They Offer 'Proven Solution' ToSat, 22 Apr 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Kirkup, Kristy Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:04/25/2017

The federal government's plans for legalizing recreational marijuana has many would-be players looking to carve out a role for themselves in the emerging market, including pharmaceutical distributors who already ship drugs across the country.

The Canadian Association for Pharmacy Distribution Management - a supplier of medicine for pharmacies and hospitals - says it has a ready-made system for marijuana distribution that they say is far superior to mail-order pot.

Pharmaceutical distributors offer a more appropriate vehicle for the recreational marijuana market, CEO David Johnston, noting they already have the infrastructure in place to handle potential recalls, be it in downtown Toronto or remote northern Ontario.

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25 CN MB: Weeding Out AnxietyFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Larkins, David Area:Manitoba Lines:73 Added:04/25/2017

4/20 participants extol virtues of pot as drug that helps you cope

Leigh Filbert admits he lived the "rock-star lifestyle" in the past and acknowledges now his body is paying for it.

Filbert suffered a stroke a little over a year ago that left the right side of his body paralyzed. He suffers from anxiety he also contends is paralyzing, emotionally.

Attending his first 4/20 rally, Filbert biked around the Legislature grounds on Thursday "to gather constructive information" about the cannabis movement as he continues on his road to recovery.

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26 CN NF: Column: Pot Plant Plan PostponedFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Jones, Brian Area:Newfoundland Lines:91 Added:04/25/2017

It will be Russian giants again this summer. No, not Vladimir Putin. Russian giant sunflowers, which the seed package promises can grow up to eight feet high. We plant them every year for fun, and built a two foot by eight foot flower box especially for them, so we can have a veritable field of rising Russkies. (Tip: put the seeds in the dirt in late May, and you'll yield a swath of yellow by early September.)

This year, the Russian giants were to be supplanted by marijuana plants. Again, just for fun.

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27Canada: Column: Important Questions On LegalizationFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Souza, Fr . Raymond Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:04/25/2017

The federal government slipped its marijuana bill into the House the day before Good Friday, with almost no one around to ask questions. The government itself had few answers to the more pressing issues, leaving most important matters to be determined later, by other levels of government. So in the same spirit, herewith various questions that do not appear to have adequate answers.

What is the social good that marijuana legalization is intended to achieve? The arguments for legalization - removing the burden on the criminal justice system, not impeding future career prospects with a youthful criminal conviction, removing the scope for organized crime - are negative in nature, getting rid of various supposed bad things. But what is the good that we can expect from making marijuana more readily available? Is there any? Can we expect greater labour productivity, higher educational achievement, enhanced physical fitness, a lower carbon footprint, a better equalization system?

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28CN BC: Legal Bud Won't Butt Out 'Protestival'Fri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/25/2017

4/20 rally organizers vow to maintain their fight to free the weed

Despite legalization on the horizon, organizers of the annual Vancouver 4/20 cannabis rally say there's little reason to end their battle to free the weed.

Last week, the federal government tabled long-awaited legislation to legalize recreational cannabis, promising a "strict legal framework" for the production, sale, distribution and possession of pot starting July 2018.

But after decades of protesting to legalize it, B.C. cannabis advocates argue the framework proposed will give rise to more dissent.

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29Canada: Column: Nice Pot Law There, LiberalsFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:McParland, Kelly Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:04/25/2017

There's always been something a bit odd about the great marijuana legalization crusade. Supporters, eager to avoid being seen as a bunch of frustrated pot-heads who just wanted easier access, put forward solid, practical arguments.

They pointed out that the war against drugs wasn't working: anyone could see that. People who wanted pot would find a way to get it, no matter how illegal it might be. Police time was wasted chasing kids with a few grams of marijuana, and branding young people as criminals for a bit of pot was a crime in itself. Criminalization just paved the way for organized crime to peddle the stuff to kids, with no controls and huge profits. It made no sense.

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30 CN ON: Editorial: High Taxes On Pot Will Help CriminalsMon, 24 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:61 Added:04/25/2017

If the Liberals insist on legalizing marijuana before July 1, 2018, then they need to get it right. Canadians are learning that's easier said than done.

There are many hurdles - from health to enforcement to taxation - that the feds, provinces and families need to grapple with before then.

As Conservative leadership candidate and doctor Kellie Leitch wrote in a recent Sun guest column, medical research shows "young people who use marijuana have lower high school graduation rates, which puts their future in jeopardy. Worse, the science shows that marijuana use in 18- to 25-year-olds can result in brain deformities."

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31 Canada: OPED: When Legalizing Marijuana, Less Is MoreFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Malleck, Dan Area:Canada Lines:99 Added:04/24/2017

Covering every detail in legislation would give the system little flexibility to adapt, and may set it up for failure

The Liberal government's cannabis legislation has drawn condemnation and praise. Whether they approve or not, many observers criticize the lack of details on essential aspects of legalization. Legislative lapses include details on where cannabis will be sold, packaging, advertising and how it will be taxed. While such gaps may appear to be weaknesses, they actually demonstrate the legislation's strength.

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32 CN MB: Editorial: Pot Law Needs Plenty Of WorkSun, 23 Apr 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)          Area:Manitoba Lines:58 Added:04/24/2017

The federal government's proposed bill for legalizing marijuana expands police powers, sets new mandatory penalties for illegal possession, and boosts prison sentences for lawbreakers. That all sounds pretty tough.

But the legislation also downloads some difficult decision-making on to provincial authorities, and from there on to municipalities and local police. That part's going to be tougher.

For example: Where will legal cannabis be sold? The 130-page federal bill leaves this crucial detail to the province. Will it be in your local liquor store? At a corner store but hidden, like cigarettes? From some other outlet? Mail order only? And how close to a school or youth centre can sales take place? About all we know is you can't sell cannabis from a vending machine.

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33 CN ON: LTE: Just Say No To MarijuanaFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Standard, The (St. Catharines, CN ON) Author:Hanysh, Marion Area:Ontario Lines:41 Added:04/24/2017

Former prime minister Stephen Harper started the ball rolling, and present Prime Minister Justin (Pierre Jr.) Trudeau picked up on it and looks like he's going to run with it, legalizing marijuana.

As if we haven't got enough problems with drinking, driving, texting and myriad other distractions to keep people "safe from harm."

Medical marijuana is a fallacy, dreamed up by some potheads so they can smoke illicit drugs legally.

Duh. I have two adult children and five teenage grandchildren, and hopefully they won't get caught up in the usage of same.

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34 CN ON: A Life Limited By PotFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Carruthers, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:78 Added:04/24/2017

As legalization looms, Raymond David recalls how pot possession charge changed his life

For more than four decades, a drug possession conviction has put limits on Raymond David's life.

David, 58, said he was charged with possession of marijuana when he was 17 after he was caught with around 15 grams of pot.

"I haven't been able to do things like travel to the States because of that," he said of the conviction that left him with a criminal record. "I've never been out of Canada."

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35CN SN: Pot Law Will Affect Health System: DoctorsFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Charlton, Jonathan Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:04/24/2017

The era of legal weed will require broad investments in public health, according to the Saskatchewan Medical Association.

Legislation alone is inadequate, president Dr. Intheran Pillay said.

"I think expanding the access to support services such as mental health and substance use services would be important. I think it would be important to expand access to training programs in addiction medicine and I think it's important to make extensive educational resources on the risks of harm to youth and others available, as well."

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36 CN ON: Letter: Why Allow Pot Advertising?Sun, 23 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Hollingshead, Ross Area:Ontario Lines:30 Added:04/24/2017

So the federal government is planning to permit the marijuana industry to advertise. The question is why?

If people want to smoke marijuana, that is all well and good. However, to allow advertising will only have the effect of increasing the number of people who partake.

I'm quite sure that most Canadians who advocated for legalization never intended that the government should permit its promotion.

According to the federal Liberals, the primary motive of legalization was to control its use and prevent organized crime from reaping the profits. It was not to boost usage by Canadians so that government coffers could rake in more tax revenue.

Ross Hollingshead, Toronto


37 CN ON: High-profile Fans Endorse Burgeoning Pot IndustrySun, 23 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Coyle, Jim Area:Ontario Lines:97 Added:04/24/2017

World-class athletes attend Toronto cannabis trade show

Anyone hoping to find a stoner scene worthy of a Jeff Spiccoli pipe dream at the conference would be disappointed

There can't be much that better illustrates the mainstreaming of cannabis in North American culture than an industry "trade show" at which two world-class athletes endorse the product and muse about a day when pot companies will sponsor pro sports arenas. With the Liberal government promising to legalize marijuana by Canada Day 2018, the era of marijuana prohibition is over, Olympic gold medallist Ross Rebagliati told the O'Cannabiz Conference and Expo in Toronto on Saturday.

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38 CN ON: LTE: WarningSun, 23 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Collis, Edward A. Area:Ontario Lines:24 Added:04/24/2017

To all the young people who are looking forward to enjoying pot after it becomes legal next year, I have a warning. The U.S. does not recognize pot as legal and you will be asked when crossing the border if you have ever smoked pot. If you tell the truth and say "yes," you may be barred from the U.S. for life. If you lie and say "no," you will have lied to a border guard and, if discovered, may be barred for life. I sure hope that you like winter.

Edward A. Collis, Burlington


39CN AB: Column: Get Ready For The Stoner Next DoorSat, 22 Apr 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Spencer, Christina Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:04/24/2017

"Stoners are nice," said Samantha, a happy participant in Thursday's 4-20 celebrations on Parliament Hill. "Honestly, we're like a great big family."

So went the blissful murmurings among cannabis users at the annual homage. With 6,000 people toking on the lawn in front of Centre Block - - the prime minister was not in town to bask in the glow of their happiness - you'd think recreational marijuana use was already legal.

It isn't yet, and may not be even by July 1, 2018, the target date the Trudeau government has set. Barely a week after four ministers and a parliamentary secretary were trotted out to introduce the pertinent legislation, it's becoming clear what a complicated business this is going to be.

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40CN BC: City Council Wants Answers From Province On MarijuanaSat, 22 Apr 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Cleverley, Bill Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/24/2017

With a steady stream of cannabis retail operations working their way through city rezoning and licensing processes, the City of Victoria wants some idea from the province of what its plans are for the burgeoning marijuana industry.

Victoria council formally resolved to ask the province when it anticipates publishing draft regulations and legislation relating to distribution, regulation and taxation of cannabis. It will also ask that the province work with City of Victoria staff on the marijuana file.

"Specifically [we're asking] when can we expect to see those drafts," said Coun. Ben Isitt, who proposed Mayor Lisa Helps write the province seeking information. "I think industry would be happy to hear that; obviously members of the public [would] and maybe this will help invite a discussion," Isitt said.

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41CN BC: Distribution For Local Pot Growers Still On Foggy SideSat, 22 Apr 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:DeRosa, Katie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/24/2017

Even with last week's tabling of the marijuana legalization bill, it's still unclear what the distribution system will look like, says Shawn Galbraith of Evergreen Medicinal Supply Inc. His company recently received approval from Health Canada to be a licensed producer of medical cannabis.

"Basically, as far as distribution, it's up to each province to decide how they want to distribute it and tax it, so there's a whole bunch of different models being floated out there right now," Galbraith said.

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42CN ON: Column: The Impact Of Legal Marijuana Is Going To Spread LikeSat, 22 Apr 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Spencer, Christina Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:04/24/2017

"Stoners are nice," said Samantha, a happy participant in Thursday's 4-20 celebrations on Parliament Hill. "Honestly, we're like a great big family."

So went the blissful murmurings among cannabis users at the annual homage. With 6,000 people toking on the lawn in front of Centre Block - - the prime minister was not in town to bask in the glow of their happiness - you'd think recreational marijuana use was already legal.

It isn't yet, and may not be even by July 1, 2018, the target date the Trudeau government has set. Barely a week after four ministers and a parliamentary secretary were trotted out to introduce the pertinent legislation, it's becoming clear what a complicated business this is going to be.

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43 CN ON: PUB LTE: Sunny WaysSat, 22 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Steel, Scott T. Area:Ontario Lines:29 Added:04/24/2017

Re "Trudeau's pot law makes it open season on all drivers" (Mark Bonokoski, April 18): When Justin Trudeau was asked about the make-up of his cabinet (50% men and 50% women), his reply was "Because it's 2015." After reviewing the new powers handed to police contained within the legalization of marijuana, perhaps his retort to a question on this matter should be "Because it's 1984."

Scott T. Steel


(Good line)


44 CN ON: Marijuana Charges Won't Stop Activism Tour, Emery DeclaresSat, 22 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Rider, David Area:Ontario Lines:46 Added:04/24/2017

Canada's best-known marijuana activists emerged from a Toronto court appearance vowing to hit the road on a national tour demanding true pot legalization, not "prohibition 2.0."

Jodie and Marc Emery face charges including pot possession and possession for the purpose of trafficking after police raided their Cannabis Culture shops in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver.

Out on bail, they were told Friday to return to Old City Hall court May 23.

"This is no way to treat people in 2017 for something that will be legal next year," thanks to the sacrifices of activists including her husband, Jodie Emery told reporters.

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45CN BC: Column: The Headline Writes Itself: Keep Hippies Off The GrassSat, 22 Apr 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Robinson, Matt Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/24/2017

It's up to 4/20 organizers and city officials to determine a proper place to hold event

Vancouver's annual 4/20 pot protest and farmers market may be a ridiculous event, but it's one that's so popular and well-attended that the city simply needs to suck it up next year and find a suitable location and issue permits to organizers.

Early Friday, park board staff announced they'd need to close Sunset Beach Park for five weeks to let the grass regrow after Thursday's smoke-in.

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46CN BC: Editorial: Pot Rally Organizers Should PaySat, 22 Apr 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/24/2017

The annual marijuana protest at Sunset Beach this year left an adjacent field in ruins. It will be fenced off and closed to the public for up to a month while park board staff restore it. Park board officials said much of the damage could have been prevented if organizers had installed a turf protector as they had promised.

The event also led to 66 visits to St. Paul's emergency department. Of these patients, 10 were under the age of 20. The youngest was 14. Patients mostly had consumed edibles that brought on complaints of nausea, vomiting and dizziness. An additional 25 people were seen at satellite first aid stations set up to ease the burden on St. Paul's., while 62 people were seen at a first aid station that 4/20 organizers set up.

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47 CN AB: Legalization Gets Spirits High At City RallyFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Martin, Tijana Area:Alberta Lines:84 Added:04/24/2017

There was a cloud of smoke at Galt Gardens Thursday as hundreds gathered to smoke marijuana during the annual 4/20 celebration.

Every year on April 20, Canadians gather for pro-pot events, but it seems that cannabis activists may soon be getting what they want as the Government of Canada has proposed the Cannabis Act, which would legalize and regulate cannabis use.

Despite cannabis use still being illegal for most, unless prescribed for medical purposes, Lethbridge Police Services simply observed the rally and no arrests were made on drug charges.

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48 CN AB: Hatters Gather To Raise Awareness About The Legalization OfFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Cranker, Mo Area:Alberta Lines:59 Added:04/24/2017

A few dozen Hatters gathered in front of city hall Thursday to light up a joint and raise awareness of the proposed legalization of cannabis in Canada.

The group met downtown at 3 p.m. and talked to anyone interested before lighting up some joints at 4:20 p.m. and marching to the provincial building. Armed with signs, pamphlets and pins, the group's main goal was to raise awareness and, more importantly, spread education on the topic of the proposed legalization, said group spokesperson Caelan Walton.

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49 CN BC: LTE: Too Many Rights For Law BreakersFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Creech, Mavis Area:British Columbia Lines:47 Added:04/24/2017

Dear Editor: I am somewhat confused as to why the pot smokers in Vancouver are allowed a special day each year (April 20th) on which they thumb their noses, and bongs, at law enforcement while they blatantly disregard the law regarding illegal use of marijuana.

Why do they get to commit this illegal activity, in public, in front of the police? Because it's their "right?" If that's the case, why don't other law breakers have their special day? Hunting during the day within city limits; driving through red lights; packing a gun wherever they go, etc.

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50 CN AB: Users 'Leery' About LegalizationFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Maimann, Kevin Area:Alberta Lines:74 Added:04/24/2017

4-20 revelers aren't all that excited about recent federal government announcements.

A newfound sense of empowerment met with an air of cynicism at the annual 420 gathering on the Alberta legislature grounds Thursday.

While cannabis seedlings were handed out for free and at least one dispensary advertised openly, participants were cautious to rejoice over recent announcements from the federal government that will see marijuana legalized by July 2018.

"I'm a little leery and we're just kind of watching and seeing what they're doing," said Paige Brummet, who is on the board of directors for Edmonton-based non-profit United Cannabis Coalition. "We're here to fight."

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