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1CN BC: Column: NDP Seem In No Hurry To Draft Provincial MarijuanaTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/28/2017

The fledgling B.C. NDP government has decided how it will deal with the looming legalization of marijuana: continue talking it to death.

Dispensary owners, illegal producers, consumers, patients, parents - Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth explained Monday that everyone's opinion is being sought because "one size does not fit all" and "we need to get it right."

Until 4 p.m. on the Day of the Dead, Nov. 1, Farnworth says anyone can participate in a provincewide conversation on pot - the minimum age, personal possession limits, public consumption, drug-impaired driving, personal cultivation, distribution, retail models ... It's all on the table.

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2CN BC: Column: When It Comes To Pot Sales, Chill Out And Get It RightTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Knox, Jack Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/28/2017

They say B.C.'s pot laws have taken so long to sort out because May's provincial election delayed the process.

Either that, or our guys were hot-boxing a van behind the legislature and simply forgot to get it done.

In any case, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth left more questions than answers Monday when, rather than unveiling the regulations many expected, he merely announced a public consultation process.

Ontario might already have its pot plans in place, but here in the birthplace of B.C. Bud, we prefer a more relaxed approach: We'll gather information from stakeholders and the public, or maybe listen to a little Allman Brothers, until Nov. 1.

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3 CN AB: PUB LTE: Getting GreenTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Dahl, Corey Area:Alberta Lines:37 Added:09/28/2017

I keep hearing arguments against the government's plan to legalize marijuana. It seems that those opposed believe there will be a massive increase in consumption and a huge increase in people driving while under the influence of the demon weed.

As Mr. Snobelen points out it is quite simple to obtain and use the drug. I hope he is being facetious about driving ten miles an hour with doritos bags flying out the window.

It is time we threw away all the misleading propaganda about marijuana. There are doctors, lawyers and other professionals that are regular users. These are not street people or ne'er do wells, these are people you interact with everyday. People would be shocked to discover the truth, you can use marijuana on a regular basis and it doesn't destroy your life. It's time we stopped believing the untruths used for prohibition.

Corey Dahl

Lac La Biche



(What are those folks smoking?)

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4Canada: Pot Task Force Member's Move Raises Red FlagTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Platt, Brian Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:09/28/2017

Now heads private firm in marijuana sector

A New Democratic MP is warning of a 'clear appearance of conflict of interest' after it was revealed that a member of the government's marijuana legalization task force is now running a medical marijuana company.

Raf Souccar, a former RCMP deputy commissioner, served on the independent task force that advised the government on legalizing recreational marijuana use. The task force filed its non-binding report on Nov. 30, 2016, and it was made public two weeks later.

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5CN PI: OPED: Sell Pot At The LCCTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Jackson, Karen Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:09/28/2017

UPSE supports public model for marijuana

The federal government is set to legalize marijuana in July 2018.

The P.E.I. government indicated that it will introduce legislation to regulate the sale of the product in the spring. Recently, in Ontario the government has chosen to distribute the sale of marijuana through the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO). The government and the province's public sector union agree that having the LCBO regulate the sale of cannabis is the best way to protect minors from purchasing the product, and to ensure quality control and public safety.

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6 CN ON: Location Of Marijuana Stores Not Yet Determined - GrantWed, 27 Sep 2017
Source:Tribune Express (CN ON) Author:Marsillo, Alexia Area:Ontario Lines:58 Added:09/28/2017

Ontario has announced the province's plan for the distribution of marijuana, ahead of legalization planned for next spring. Recreational cannabis will be sold through a chain of specialty stores operated by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).

The plan is to open 150 marijuana stores by the year 2020 and 40 stores by next summer. According to Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Grant Crack, it has not yet been determined as to where these stores will be located across the province and what that would mean for the Prescott-Russell region.

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7US CA: Recreational Marijuana Sales Won't Start In January In SFTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Swan, Rachel Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:09/28/2017

People eager to start buying recreational marijuana from shops in San Francisco when sales become legal throughout the state in January are going to have to wait a little longer.

The city won't issue permits to sell recreational marijuana until it passes new laws to regulate the industry and creates an equity program to help low-income entrepreneurs, people of color, and former drug offenders break into the market.

According to Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, who introduced an ordinance with proposed regulations at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, city officials still have no idea what that program will look like or how it will operate.

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8 US MI: Michigan Lawmakers Want Reprieve For Medical MarijuanaWed, 27 Sep 2017
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Gray, Kathleen Area:Michigan Lines:80 Added:09/28/2017

Medical marijuana dispensaries would be allowed to stay open while the state decides who will get a license for the lucrative cannabis business under a pair of bills to be introduced in the state Legislature.

Sen. David Knezek, D-Dearborn Heights, and Rep. Yousef Rabhi, D-Ann Arbor, will introduce the bills in the Senate and House this week to counteract an advisory by the state to dispensaries that they should close before Dec. 15 or risk their chances at getting a license.

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9 CN ON: How To Smoke Cannabis SafelyTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:St. Thomas Times-Journal (CN ON) Author:Pin, Louis Area:Ontario Lines:97 Added:09/28/2017

By this time next year cannabis - or marijuana, pot, or hash - will be legal in Canada, and public health units like the one in Elgin-St. Thomas are bracing for impact.

They released an updated set of safer-use guidelines last week in an effort to inform public opinion before the drug becomes legal. The ESTHU guidelines are a clearer version based off the official, reported guideline package released in June by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

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10 CN BC: Guest Editorial: Input Sought For Pot OutlookTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:98 Added:09/28/2017

The fledgling B.C. NDP government has decided how it will deal with the looming legalization of marijuana: continue talking it to death.

Dispensary owners, illegal producers, consumers, patients, parents - Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth explained Monday that everyone's opinion is being sought because "one size does not fit all" and "we need to get it right."

Until four o'clock on the Day of the Dead, Nov. 1, Farnworth says anyone can participate in a new province-wide conversation on pot - the minimum age, personal possession limits, public consumption, drug-impaired driving, personal cultivation, distribution, retail models … It's all on the table. "We want to hear from as many people as possible about how we can best protect our kids, keep our roads safe and lock criminals out of the non-medical cannabis industry," he told a packed meeting room at the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities conference in downtown Vancouver. "Public engagement is crucial."

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