A lot of sides want a piece of the action - not surprising considering
the high hopes many have for profits in selling legal marijuana.
What provinces decide about the matter is coming very much under
scrutiny these days, particularly after Ontario announced rules that
put sales entirely in government hands - much to the chagrin of the
private sector. The province will sell the product, when legal as of
next July, through the corporation that sells liquor, the LCBO,
although in separate outlets.
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What is our city going to look like when Trudeau legalizes
Has he and his caucus smoked today's marijuana? It is so potent and
gives one a four hour high with little capability of
I can't imagine even getting into a vehicle to drive. And what
measures are in place to prevent marijuana use and driving?
I realize it was part of Justin Trudeau's platform promises in the
last election; however he is a little immature when it comes to being
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Lowertown facility to greet first clients next Tuesday
Health Canada on Friday granted the necessary exemption for an interim
supervised injection site in Lowertown, with Ottawa Public Health
planning to greet the first clients on Tuesday.
The health unit is using the federal exemption granted to the Sandy
Hill Community Health Centre to run the temporary injection facility
at 179 Clarence St.
David Gibson, executive director of the Sandy Hill health centre, said
it's a first to see an interim exemption for an injection site granted
to an organization using another organization's exemption.
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Fantino, once outspoken against culture of 'dopeheads,' says he has
'become more aware' of the drug's medicinal benefits
Two of Canada's former top cops - one of them recently a Conservative
cabinet minister - are helping launch a new prescription-marijuana
Julian Fantino and Raf Souccar are executives with a business that
will open a storefront clinic in a strip mall north of Toronto in the
Vaughan-based Aleafia Inc. is not a marijuana dispensary. It aims to
be be among a new breed of corporate go-betweens, a "total health"
provider that creates treatment plans for prospective
medicinal-marijuana users and connects them with cannabis products
from licensed growers.
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Why is Canada legalizing marijuana, and why does the move - if done
right - make sense? It's all about harm reduction. Smoking marijuana
has real health risks, particularly for young people. But the
long-standing ban on the sale of pot isn't addressing them. The drug
is widely available and widely used; according to the OECD, Canada has
the developed world's highest rate of youth pot use. Prohibition's
only real accomplishment is as an unintended industrial strategy,
fostering a multi-billion-dollar black market.
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Oregon officials twice neglected to deliver key documents when The
Oregonian/OregonLive sought to learn about a state-licensed day care
operating in the home of a Portland marijuana entrepreneur.
The search started July 10 with a public records request to the state
Office of Child Care. It asked for documents including anything
submitted by Step by Step's employees, operators or owners.
Agency officials provided records between July 15 and Aug. 2.
But missing from the documents were forms that Step by Step's top
employees, Bre Murphy and Shai King, each submitted when they closed
the business June 20.
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Liberals election platform vowed to bring in changes to both pot and
The federal Liberals are being castigated in some quarters over two
promises they made in the last election. And no, they are not being
hammered for breaking their vows. They're being pilloried for keeping
Well, pilloried might be too strong, but it is not for lack of trying
on behalf of the opposition, especially on the Liberal promise to have
some high-earners pay more taxes.
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The opioid crisis plaguing much of Canada has made its mark on
southwestern Ontario's emergency rooms.
Visits to the region's emergency rooms for opioid overdoses went up
almost 28 per cent from 281 in 2015 to 359 in 2016, according to
statistics recently released by Public Health Ontario.
Divided by health unit, Chatham-Kent, and Lambton and Huron numbers
actually dipped in 2016 compared to 2015 while Elgin-St. Thomas,
Middlesex-London and Oxford numbers skyrocketed.
"We've seen high rates of overdose here for several years. We've seen
the hospital rates go up," said Dr. Chris Mackie, medical officer of
health for the London-Middlesex Health Unit.
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Schools have been called upon to teach more than the Three Rs for many
decades now, but they should add one more assignment to their long
list of lessons: Warning students about drug use, especially deadly
There'll be some who'll say such a message will fall on deaf ears, but
we have a duty to try. Today's young people deserve credit for their
sensible approach to hazards such as cigarette smoking and impaired
driving - they certainly exhibit more common sense than many of their
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