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1 CN BC: Pot Legalization Will Bring Hiring BoomFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:British Columbia Lines:75 Added:09/27/2017

Attendees given a taste of what kind of work is possible as marijuana moves into mainstream

On Thursday morning, Marco Cacchione put on a black button-up shirt, combed his hair, and walked down Robson Street to a job fair, hoping to snag a gig in an industry that is quickly emerging from the underground.

After a decade as a line cook, currently at one of Vancouver's casual fine-dining chains, the 28-year-old said he is ready to make the leap into cannabis, which is expected to be legalized next July. The industry will require thousands of workers to meet the likely demand.

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2 CN NS: Column: Two Big Issues To Keep An Eye On As Parliament ReturnsMon, 25 Sep 2017
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS) Author:Hebert, Chantal Area:Nova Scotia Lines:104 Added:09/27/2017

When it comes to two of the big policy battles that loom as the fall sitting of Parliament gets underway this week, prudence dictates that a journalist keeps his or her powder dry.

In the debate over the government's proposed tax changes for people with private corporations, as in the case of the Liberal plan to legalize marijuana, what we have so far seen are just the opening manoeuvres in a tug-of-war, the outcome of which in the court of public opinion is far from decided.

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3 CN ON: Column: Questions Abound Over Marijuana LegalizationMon, 25 Sep 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Gormley, John Area:Ontario Lines:96 Added:09/27/2017

Canada is nine months away from fully legalizing marijuana as police agencies and provinces ask for more time on impaired driving and other enforcement issues. But in Justin Trudeau's world, taking time is not part of the equation.

A read of the Liberal government's background documents on cannabis is instructive.

Mantra-like, it repeats at every opportunity that Canadian youth - who have among the highest rates of marijuana use in the world - are going to be protected and prevented from smoking dope because legalization will result in stringent regulation, prohibition for kids and a steady diet of educational and awareness campaigns.

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4 CN BC: OPED: Statement On Cannabis Culture RaidsFri, 01 Sep 2017
Source:Columbia Journal (CN BC) Author:Law, Tousaw Area:British Columbia Lines:54 Added:09/01/2017

Early this summer a variety of police departments executed warrants that appear to have been sought by the Toronto Police Services. Marc and Jodie Emery have been arrested, along with several other cannabis activists including Chris and Erin Goodwin, Britney Guerra and perhaps others.

This latest salvo in Canada's senseless war on cannabis and cannabis consumers is a moral outrage and has no place in a free and democratic society. The Canadian public has supported legalization for many years. Our government has finally gotten around to moving, slowly, toward ending prohibition after at least 45 years of studies, Royal Commissions, government reports and other evidence that legalization is the only rational, compassionate and sensible policy option.

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5 US: More People Were Arrested Last Year Over Pot Than For All CrimesTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Ingraham, Christopher Area:United States Lines:79 Added:09/27/2017

In 2016 more people were arrested for marijuana possession than for all crimes the FBI classifies as violent, according to 2016 crime data released by the agency on Monday.

Marijuana possession arrests edged up slightly in 2016, a year in which voters in four states approved recreational marijuana initiatives and voters in three others approved medical marijuana measures.

These figures should be regarded as estimates, because not all law enforcement agencies provide detailed arrest information to the FBI. But they do show that the annual number of marijuana arrests is down from their peak in the mid-2000s and stands at levels last seen in the mid 1990s. Marijuana use, particularly among adults, rose during this time.

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6 CN ON: Editorial: The Political Perils Of Legalized PotFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Kenora Daily Miner And News (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:09/27/2017

To combat organized crime on pot sales in Ontario, legal marijuana is going to have to be competitive with the black market on price, availability, quality and variety.

With legal pot coming July 1 - unless Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delays the law - Premier Kathleen Wynne's provincial government already appears to have conceded the field on price and availability.

Finance Minister Charles Sousa said this week Ontario is looking at selling legal pot for about $10 per gram.

That compares to an average street price in Ontario of about $8.64 per gram, according to a report by the federal parliamentary budget officer late last year.

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7CN SN: Column: Questions Abound In Rush To Legalize MarijuanaFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Gormley, John Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:09/27/2017

Canada is nine months away from legalizing marijuana as police agencies and provinces ask for more time on impaired driving and other enforcement issues. But in Justin Trudeau's world, taking time is not part of the equation.

A read of the Liberal government's background documents on cannabis is instructive.

Mantra-like, it repeats at every opportunity that Canadian youth - who have among the highest rates of marijuana use in the world - are going to be protected and prevented from smoking dope because legalization will result in stringent regulation, prohibition for kids and a steady diet of educational and awareness campaigns.

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8 CN ON: Ontario Eyes $10 Price Per Gram For Legal PotFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Ferguson, Rob Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:09/27/2017

Finance minister to work with Ottawa, other provinces for uniformity across Canada

Ontario's biggest weed dealer is considering a retail price of about $10 a gram in a system that could bring a tax windfall of more than $100 million a year.

That $10 fee - estimated after New Brunswick signed deals with two suppliers last week - is on the radar as officials here determine a price for recreational marijuana when it becomes legal next July1, Finance Minister Charles Sousa says.

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9Canada: Approach To UN Drug Pacts RoastedFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Kirkup, Kristy Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:09/27/2017

Opposition: Feds need to act before legalizing pot

OTTAWA - Opposition parties are asking why the federal government did not consider sooner how to deal with three United Nations drug treaties after they learned Thursday the issue is expected to go before the cabinet this fall.

Officials in Global Affairs Canada have been reviewing options available to cabinet on how to deal with the treaties - the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances and the 1988 Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances - given the government's plan to legalize marijuana by July 2018.

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10 CN ON: LTE: Government Needs Drug Education ProgramFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Northumberland Today (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:50 Added:09/27/2017

Re: "Managing future of legal marijuana is inside job," Sept. 16.

Michelle Hauser joins millions of other concerned parents over what legalized marijuana means for their young children. Studies in the United Kingdom, America and here have all shown conclusively that marijuana can cause psychosis and other mental problems to those who use this drug when young.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's idea that legalization is the best way to curb black market sales, thereby keeping it away from our children, is right out of fantasyland. In both Colorado and Washington states, organized crime is involved in the distribution of marijuana since it was made legal there. There has been a rush on Colorado emergency rooms by young people who had used the drug. Expect organized crime groups to quickly get involved here, meaning access to our youth.

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