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1CN AB: Body Scanner Targets Inmate ContrabandThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Alam, Hina Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

Remand Centre hopes technology cuts in-custody overdoses, boosts staff safety

Edmonton Remand Centre inmates will go through an electronic body scanner to counter the smuggling of increasingly toxic drugs and other contraband into the lockup.

The scanner, similar to those used by airport security, takes a full body X-ray. The remand centre, which showed off the new equipment Wednesday, is the first correctional facility in Alberta to test the technology.

New inmates, transferred inmates and inmates suspected of having contraband will be put through the scanner, said Ken Johnston, security director of the remand centre, which houses about 1,500 people in custody awaiting trial.

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2CN AB: A Magnet For Crime, Drug Use, Critics WarnThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Wakefield, Jonny Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

Supporters of Edmonton's Chinatown and urban community league members say they 're disappointed with the Ottawa's approval of four supervised drug consumption sites in the city's core.

"We feel that it's an extremely unfair decision, and not well-informed," Michael Lee, chairman of the Chinese Benevolent Association, said Wednesday.

"The basic rights of some communities (were) totally ignored."

Alberta Health announced Wednesday that its federal counterpart had approved three supervised injection sites in Edmonton's downtown core and supervised consumption services for inpatients at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

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3CN AB: Inner City To Host Four Supervised Injection SitesThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Gerein, Keith Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

Alberta's first supervised drug injection sites will open within months at four locations in Edmonton's inner city after receiving approval from Health Canada, the provincial government announced Wednesday.

Proponents hailed the news as a "long overdue" step that will save lives and direct more addicts into treatment.

The goal is to get three community sites open by late December or early January, while a fourth facility at the Royal Alexandra Hospital is anticipated to open sometime in the spring of 2018.

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4 CN AB: Consumption Site Approved For LethbridgeThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Martin, Tijana Area:Alberta Lines:102 Added:10/20/2017

Health Canada approved the first few supervised consumption facilities in Alberta on Wednesday, including a site in downtown Lethbridge.

ARCHES and Edmonton-based coalition AMSISE received an exemption from federal drug legislation, allowing them to operate supervised consumption sites.

Four sites are slated to open, three in Edmonton and one in Lethbridge, which will operate out of the former night club Pulse.

The application process for Lethbridge moved quicker than most and Jill Manning, the managing director of ARCHES, feels that may be a result of the unique issues Lethbridge is facing around substance use.

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5CN AB: NDP Government Has Yet To Decide Exactly How It Will RetailSat, 14 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/19/2017

It doesn't make sense to invest (public) money to set up infrastructure here.

Premier Rachel Notley won't say which way her NDP government is leaning when it comes to sales of legal cannabis, but she insists the province is carefully weighing the merits of both the public and private sector options.

Under its policy framework unveiled last week, the NDP will allow recreational marijuanato be sold only in stand-alone stores once it is legalized next year, but the government is still weighing whether to set up a system of government owned and operated stores, or leave retail to the private sector.

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6 CN AB: Province To Weigh All Options For Legal Marijuana SalesSat, 14 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:62 Added:10/19/2017

Premier Rachel Notley won't say which way her NDP government is leaning when it comes to sales of legal cannabis, but she insists the province is carefully weighing the merits of public- and private-sector options.

Under its policy framework unveiled last week, the NDP will allow recreational marijuana to be sold only in standalone stores once cannabis is legalized next year, but the government is still weighing whether to set up a system of government owned and operated stores, or leave retail to the private sector.

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7CN AB: Premier Coy On How Marijuana Will Be Retailed AfterSat, 14 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/14/2017

CALGARY - Premier Rachel Notley won't say which way her NDP government is leaning when it comes to sales of legal cannabis, but she insists the province is carefully weighing the merits of both the public and private-sector options.

Under its policy framework unveiled last week, the NDP will allow recreational marijuanato be sold only in stand-alone stores once it is legalized next year, but the government is still weighing whether to set up a system of government owned and operated stores, or leave retail to the private sector.

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8CN AB: Most Municipal Candidates Support Ban On Smoking Pot In PublicSat, 14 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Graney, Juris Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/14/2017

An overwhelming number of municipal candidates from across Alberta surveyed by anti-smoking advocate group Action on Smoking and Health support municipal restrictions on the use of cannabis in public places.

In total, 159 candidates from 20 major Alberta municipalities were asked nine questions in the survey on cannabis and tobacco between Oct. 2 and Oct. 11.

Of those candidates, 133 respondents, or 84 per cent, said they support restrictions.

Almost as many, 121 respondents or 76 per cent, said they support municipal licensing of cannabis retail sales, and 129 candidates also supported the use of municipal zoning to control location of cannabis retail stores.

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9 CN AB: Column: Taxing A ScourgeFri, 13 Oct 2017
Source:Red Deer Advocate (CN AB) Author:Salomons, Chris Area:Alberta Lines:88 Added:10/13/2017

As the due date for the Legal Weed Scourge draws to a close, it has been interesting to watch the federal and provincial governments staking their claims as to the millions of dollars to be made. In my mind's eye, I see them all standing with eager anticipation at the starting gate to see who will be the first to get hold of the riches.

I know there is a bit of cynicism involved here, but I see such a blatant tax grab in the works despite the huge efforts to hide their greed. The only ones missing out are the municipalities who will have to foot the bills for policing and licencing.

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10 CN AB: Editorial: Leave The Sales To The ExpertsFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:67 Added:10/11/2017

Trust us, the grass is greener on the other side of state-run business.

Anyone who ever had to line up outside one of a handful of Alberta liquor Control Board retail outlets back in the day knows how brutal it was buying something as simple as a case of beer or bottle of wine. It was enough to drive you to drink. Or how about the stress-elevating experience of a visit to the old department of motor vehicles. Talk about road rage. Privatization has made life so much easier in those two areas, not to mention the jobs created through competition and better, varied pricing for consumers in the case of booze - tax portion aside, of course.

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11 CN AB: MADD Urges Alberta Pursue Public Model On Cannabis To EnsureFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Bennett, Dean Area:Alberta Lines:97 Added:10/11/2017

The advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving wants Alberta to sell marijuana through government-run stores - at least in the short term - to ensure public safety before profit.

Andrew Murie, the CEO of MADD, points to marijuana stores in the United States that slash prices to mark the annual April 20 counter-culture celebration of public cannabis consumption.

"There are a lot of people that want to make a lot of money on this legalization, a lot of entrepreneurs, and they're not interested in public safety," Murie said in an interview Thursday.

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12 CN AB: LTE: Pot Consumption Age Set Too LowFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Banner, Ken Area:Alberta Lines:26 Added:10/11/2017

The Canadian Medical Association has said that the age for marijuana should be 25 and no less than 21.

What does our illustrious government do?

They set the age at 18. How did they arrive at this? Or, was it pulled out of thin air like so many of their harebrained policies? At the same time, Energy East is cancelled and not a peep.

The slow death spiral for this country into the economic abyss continues. I hope we wake up before it's too late.

Ken Banner, Edmonton

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13CN AB: Growers Pitch Alberta Retail Pot Co-OpFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Kent, Gordon Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/11/2017

A dozen medical pot producers plan to start a chain of Alberta marijuana stores if the provincial government allows private companies to sell recreational weed next year.

The Canadian Cannabis Co-Op hopes to get in on the ground floor of what's expected to be a billion dollar Alberta industry when the federal government legalizes marijuana consumption July 1, 2018.

"We will build out a retail channel in Alberta and any other province that is looking at including private sector retail and distribution in their model," Darren Karasiuk, chair of the co-op working group, said Thursday.

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14 CN AB: Editorial: Turning A Profit On Pot Should Be The Goal OfSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:92 Added:10/11/2017

Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley has announced the first details of Alberta's plans for selling marijuana once the product is legalized across the nation in July.

This makes Alberta the third province, after Ontario and New Brunswick, to show its hand.

Ganley announced enough details to satisfy those who want to know Alberta's broader approach to legalization, while keeping more contentious details, like who gets to sell it, for a later date.

Although Alberta Health Services recommended making the legal age 21 for pot consumption and raising the alcohol and tobacco ages from 18 to match it, Alberta's government is sensibly and simply making 18 the legal age for weed.

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15CN AB: Editorial: Privatize Sale Of PotSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/11/2017

The Trudeau government's notice that recreational use of marijuana will be legal on July 1, 2018, has created a number of challenges for provincial politicians. Legalizing the substance is the easy part. More difficult is deciding how the drug will be sold to customers, where retail outlets will be located, where cannabis can be smoked and how police will be able to detect those who have consumed too much pot.

The NDP government provided a glimpse this week of what legalized pot might mean for Albertans, but it's waiting for the public to weigh in before it introduces legislation this fall.

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16 CN AB: LTE: Condo Owners Will Be Burned By Legal PotSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Donaldson, June A. Area:Alberta Lines:39 Added:10/11/2017

Alberta condo dwellers are in for a terrible ride with the NDP marijuana legislation plan. Most condos are high-density buildings where small units are crammed together and where the attitudes and behaviours of others directly affect their neighbours.

We already hear of people smoking "whatever" on balconies or in units where smoke drifts next door negatively affecting the health, property values and quality of life of others. Now our federal government is giving people, who might not even be owners, permission to carry on.

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17CN AB: Editorial: Pot Is Best Kept PrivateFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/11/2017

Alberta, like all provinces, is scrambling to come up with a plan to adapt to the federal government's looming legalization of marijuana.

Given the rush to meet Ottawa's quickly approaching July 1 deadline, the first proposed rules laid out by Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley are generally promising in their application of common sense to what is a complicated, costly and game-changing file off-loaded onto provinces by the Trudeau Liberals.

The federal ground rules are: the minimum age can't be below 18 and you can't possess in public more than 30 grams; most everything else is for provinces to decide.

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18CN AB: Pot Producers Keen To Initiate Co-Op For SalesFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Southwick, Reid Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/11/2017

Advocates says province would be spared millions in cost of building retail outlets

A dozen cannabis producers from across Canada want to launch a cooperative in Alberta, where they would sell the drug online and in street-level stores - and they're promising extra revenues for the government.

A day after the province reopened public consultations on a new cannabis market - leaving its options open on whether to pursue privately or publicly run stores - the Canadian Cannabis Co-op said its proposed retail model poses no risks or costs to taxpayers.

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19CN AB: Unions Want Government-Run Cannabis StoresTue, 10 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/10/2017

Alberta Federation of Labour says public system creates better jobs, more revenue

The Alberta Federation of Labour is calling for the NDP government to set up a system of government-owned and operated cannabis stores in the province when recreational marijuana becomes legal next year.

With Alberta's policy framework for legal cannabis released earlier this month, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said the province will only allow stand-alone stores to sell legal weed but it is still weighing whether to set up government-owned facilities or leave retail to the private sector.

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20CN AB: Alberta Unions Urge Government-Run Cannabis StoresTue, 10 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/10/2017

CALGARY The Alberta Federation of Labour is calling for the NDP government to set up a system of government-owned and operated cannabis stores in the province when recreational marijuana becomes legal next year.

With Alberta's policy framework for legal cannabis released earlier this month, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said the province will only allow stand-alone stores to sell legal weed but it is still weighing whether to set up government-owned facilities or leave retail to the private sector.

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21CN AB: Proposed Framework On Legalized Pot "A Star" Calgary PoliceSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Cole, Yolande Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/07/2017

Calgary police Chief Roger Chaffin said a proposed framework released by the province on legalized marijuana this week is "a start" as police examine their next steps to prepare for recreational cannabis to be legalized July 1.

"On its first blush, there's not a lot of detail in that yet, but at least the framework sets up at least an idea of where the province wants to go around age limits, around consumption levels, growing the plant, so there's lots of areas there at least we can start to go to work on," Chaffin said Friday.

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22 CN AB: Pot Legalization Cash Crunch Worries Top CopSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Cole, Yolande Area:Alberta Lines:60 Added:10/07/2017

Calgary police chief roger chaffin said a proposed framework released by the province on legalized marijuana this week is "a start" as police examine their next steps to prepare for recreational cannabis to be legalized July 1.

"On its first blush, there's not a lot of detail in that yet, but at least the framework sets up at least an idea of where the province wants to go around age limits, around consumption levels, growing the plant, so there's lots of areas there at least we can start to go to work on," chaffin said Friday.

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23 CN AB: Cannabis, Can'tabisThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Maimann, Kevin Area:Alberta Lines:60 Added:10/06/2017

Albertans get first look at pot plan

Albertans will be able to toke up in public when marijuana is legalized across Canada next summer, as long as they're not around kids.

The province released its Draft Cannabis Framework on Wednesday morning, confirming people will be allowed to smoke in public but not in playgrounds, spray parks, zoos, hospitals, school grounds or other places frequented by children.

By contrast, Ontario announced last month it will not allow public consumption when the drug is legalized for recreational use on July 1, 2018.

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24CN AB: Business Owners Anxious To See NDP's Plan For PotWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

Justice minister set to unveil policy framework for legalized marijuana

Alberta companies are eagerly waiting to see whether they can do business under the provincial government's plan for legal marijuana.

On Wednesday, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley will unveil the NDP government's policy framework for cannabis once the Trudeau government legalizes recreational marijuana on July 1, 2018.

Among the areas expected to be addressed by the government are the legal age for consumption, pricing and how cannabis will be distributed and sold in the province.

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25 CN AB: Column: Important Things To Know About Recreational AndTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Bharwani, Area:Alberta Lines:87 Added:10/06/2017

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent for CNN is reported to have said, "Every 19 minutes somebody dies of a prescription drug overdose. It doesn't happen with marijuana." In the past Gupta was against legalising medical marijuana in the U.S. but now he is in favour of it. He sees some benefit for certain types of illnesses.

The use of medical marijuana (medical cannabis) as a medicine has not been rigorously tested due to several restrictions. But there is some evidence to suggest cannabis can reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, and reduce chronic pain and muscle spasm.

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26 CN AB: CP Rail Cutting Off Access To Injection SiteSun, 01 Oct 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Schnarr, J. W. Area:Alberta Lines:97 Added:10/06/2017

Stafford Drive bridge area being fenced off

CP Rail is cutting off access to one of the most active illicit injection sites in the city in the coming months, which could drive up drug use in other areas of the city.

In a report to Lethbridge Police Commission on Wednesday, ARCHES Executive Director Stacey Bourque told the commission when CP Rail cuts access to the area under Stafford Bridge, many drug users will lose access to an area where ARCHES cleans thousands of used needles every month.

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27 CN AB: Alberta Takes Public-Private Tack On Cannabis SalesThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Cryderman, Kelly Area:Alberta Lines:114 Added:10/05/2017

Blueprint for recreational marijuana sales shares key similarities with proposals in Ontario and New Brunswick, but also shows how varied the provincial approaches will be upon legalization, Kelly Cryderman reports from Calgary

Alberta has joined in the rush by provinces to adapt to Canada's rapidly approaching marijuana legalization, with a draft plan that sets the minimum age at 18 and allows for public consumption in some areas. But the province is undecided on whether storefront sales will be managed by government monopoly or private interests.

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28 CN AB: Joint ConsultationThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:89 Added:10/05/2017

Public asked to pipe up on marijuana rules

The NDP government is weighing whether to set up government-run stores to sell marijuana in Alberta or leave the market to private retailers once recreational cannabis is legalized next year.

Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley unveiled the government's proposed framework for legal weed Wednesday, with the province setting 18 as the legal age for consumption - matching the age for alcohol and tobacco use in Alberta.

The province will also mandate that legal weed be sold only in standalone stores, with no sales of alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals in the same facility.

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29CN AB: NDP May Set Up Own Pot ShopsThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

Rules for legal weed set minimum age at 18, allow use in public places

The NDP government is weighing whether to set up government-run stores to sell marijuana in Alberta or leave the market to private retailers when recreational cannabis is legalized next year.

Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley unveiled the government's proposed framework for legal weed Wednesday, with the province setting 18 as the legal age for consumption - matching the age for alcohol and tobacco use in Alberta.

The province will also mandate that legal weed be sold only in stand-alone stores, with no sales of alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals in the same facility.

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30CN AB: Province To Allow Dope-Smoking In Public SpacesThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Southwick, Reid Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

Government proposes permitting pot in provincial parks and on street corners

Next July, you'll be allowed to get high standing on a downtown street corner, walking your dog through Nose Hill Park or hiking in the Rocky Mountains.

In its draft framework for legalized weed, the Alberta government has proposed among the most permissive rules so far in Canada on where pot can be smoked.

They're even more lax than rules in Colorado and other legalized jurisdictions south of the border, according to a researcher who has studied the industry.

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31CN AB: Column: Alberta Would Be Wise To Leave Pot Sales To PrivateThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Varcoe, Chris Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

The Notley government wants public feedback on its new plan to manage legalized pot in the province.

Here's some free advice that could save taxpayers a boatload of cash and a chronic headache.

Don't get into the retail business.

At a news conference in Calgary, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said Wednesday the province is putting together a framework surrounding who can buy and sell cannabis in Alberta.

This comes in response to the federal government introducing legislation to legalize marijuana by next July.

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32 CN AB: Column: Weed Out The Bad IdeasThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Gunter, Lorne Area:Alberta Lines:107 Added:10/05/2017

Alberta NDP's cannabis retail rules could work, as long as sales remain in the private sector

The Notley government's proposed rules for legal pot sales in Alberta, released Wednesday, might just work.

The key will be whether the NDP can be convinced to let private retailers sell weed, rather than selling it through government-owned stores run by bureaucrats and staffed by union members.

The proposals deal with who may buy weed and where, how it may be marketed and how to keep dope-impaired drivers off our roads and toked-up workers out of the workplace.

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33CN AB: NDP Considering Government-Run Cannabis StoresThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

Minister announces policy framework, says legal age to consume will be 18

CALGARY - The NDP government is weighing whether to set up government-run stores to sell marijuana in Alberta or leave the market to private retailers once recreational cannabis is legalized next year.

Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley unveiled the government's proposed framework for legal weed Wednesday, with the province setting 18 as the legal age for consumption - matching the age for alcohol and tobacco use in Alberta.

The province will also mandate that legal weed be sold only in stand-alone stores, with no sales of alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals in the same facility.

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34CN AB: Alberta Sets Ground Rules For PotThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Thomson, Graham Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

But as legalization nears, province still unsure how to sell the stuff

If you're old enough to get drunk, you're old enough to get stoned.

That might not be a government slogan, but it pretty much sums up the nub of Alberta's proposed marijuana laws.

Those laws have yet to be drawn up, but on Wednesday morning, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley unveiled the direction the government is headed.

When possession of cannabis becomes legal across Canada next July, here are some of the proposed rules for Alberta:

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35 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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36 CN AB: Employers Should Prepare For Legal Marijuana, Chamber OfFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Fort McMurray Today (CN AB) Author:McDermott, Vincent Area:Alberta Lines:78 Added:09/27/2017

Employers at a luncheon hosted by the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce were warned it was time to update their policies on medications and impairment, as the federal government plans to legalize recreational marijuana use next summer.

During the Thursday afternoon meeting, members of Wood Buffalo's business community were given a presentation on what the future legislation will look like, what rights staff will have and the role employers can play in securing workplace safety.

"With the legislation coming, and it will almost certainly pass, these issues will only grow and you will have to deal with it as an employers," said lawyer Michael Jones of Stringam LLP. "Safety is key, as is protecting human rights of the people you work with and who works for you."

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37 CN AB: Editorial: Alberta Could Follow Other Provinces' Leads InSat, 23 Sep 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:92 Added:09/27/2017

With the nation-wide legalization of recreational marijuana coming up in July 2018, the clock is ticking for Alberta to put in place its own set of regulations.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is essentially legalizing weed while dumping the logistics of its distribution on the provinces. If anything goes wrong, he can blame the provincial governments and will still have kept his original election promise.

Alberta is not alone without a plan. Of the 10 provinces and three territories, only Ontario and New Brunswick have come forward with their regulation methods, providing a study in contrasts for the other provinces' reference.

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38CN AB: OPED: Why Not Sell Marijuana In Convenience Stores?Fri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Klukas, Andrew Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:09/26/2017

If access isn't convenient, legalization won't work, writes Andrew Klukas.

In July 2018, the federal government will legalize the production and distribution of cannabis. Between now and then, the provinces and territories will have to decide how to adapt to this legislation.

Whether or not one agrees with the legalization, everyone can agree that when it happens, the systems that the provinces put in place should promote the goals of legalization that, if realized, will be positive. Through its legislation, the federal government aims to move cannabis from the illegal market into a regulated system in which products can be taxed and where quality standards and controls protect citizens.

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39CN AB: No Plan To Raise Legal Drinking Age: GanleyWed, 20 Sep 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:09/23/2017

'I don't really think that's on the table,' minister says

The NDP government says it isn't considering raising Alberta's legal age of 18 for drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco as it develops its policies around legal marijuana.

Alberta Health Services, in its written submission to the government's consultations on legal cannabis, suggested the province consider a minimum age of 21 for marijuana consumption, and potentially raise the drinking and smoking tobacco age to match.

But outside a meeting of Premier Rachel Notley's cabinet at McDougall Centre, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said changing the legal age for alcohol consumption is not on the agenda.

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40CN AB: Minister Admits Not Everyone Will Agree On Plan For LegalizedSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley says she's not expecting "complete consensus" as Alberta prepares to release its plan for legal cannabis in a matter of weeks.

As the federal Liberal government prepares to legalize the recreational use of marijuana on July 1, 2018, it falls to the provinces to deal with issues such as the minimum age for consumption and how pot will be distributed and sold.

In written submissions to its cannabis secretariat, Alberta's NDP government has heard wide-ranging options for how retail sales of marijuana should be handled, including allowing new standalone specialized stores, utilizing existing private liquor stores or government-controlled sales.

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41 CN AB: Editorial: Albertans Adults At 18Wed, 13 Sep 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:68 Added:09/14/2017

Maybe it's all the smoke in the air but the legalization of marijuana is as foggy almost nine-months out as it was when it was first announced.

With consensus lacking on pretty much every issue, here and across Canada, Alberta Health Services waded into the debate with its suggestions for distribution, promotion and a minimum age for marijuana use.

While stopping short of calling for 21 as the legal age, AHS cites studies suggesting risk to the developing brain as the possible impetus to align the minimum age of tobacco, alcohol and marijuana use.

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42 CN AB: Column: Feds Too Chilled OutTue, 12 Sep 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Alberta Lines:90 Added:09/14/2017

Only now bothering to consider health impact of legalized marijuana

If the Trudeau Liberals were Boy Scouts, they'd be miserable failures in living up to the troop's famous motto of "Be Prepared."

Anyone who still thinks the Liberals have all the pieces in place in their rush to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by Canada Day 2018 has being smoking the drapes. Health concerns? Hmmm, perhaps it would have been best to have gotten onto this long before now, seeing as how sucking in THC-laced smoke into the lungs just might have some health repercussions for the burgeoning toker crowd.

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43CN AB: Column: Criminalizing Drugs Is Never The AnswerMon, 11 Sep 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Nelson, Chris Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:09/13/2017

Society needs to understand why people abuse substances

There'll come a day, long after we're gone, when people will react with disbelief at how we now treat mental health.

Those future Canadians will shake their collective heads in amazement in the manner we do today when looking back to a time when surgeons would routinely perform operations without first washing their hands.

How could they have been so ignorant, will be the future common comment.

But there's a chink of light emerging with next summer's planned legislation of cannabis use across Canada. Not that smoking dope is going to cure anyone's mental issues, probably the opposite, but it is recognition that locking people up as criminals because of an urge to consume mind-altering substances is being jettisoned as a long lost proposition.

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44CN AB: Health, Business Interests At Odds Over Pot PoliciesMon, 11 Sep 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:09/13/2017

AHS: Consider unifying minimum age for cannabis, liquor, tobacco

Alberta Health Services says the provincial government should consider a minimum age of 21 for consumption of legal cannabis - and potentially raise the minimum age for smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol to match.

In its submission to the NDP government's cannabis secretariat, the provincial health authority also says the government should be in control of distribution and retail of marijuana when it becomes legal next year and calls for bans on public smoking and promotion of cannabis use.

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45 CN AB: Column: The Feds Have Left The Tough Calls On Weed ToWed, 13 Sep 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Gunter, Lorne Area:Alberta Lines:97 Added:09/13/2017

When I was in university, two of the dumbest guys I knew had a thriving pot business.

They grew their plants behind a pair of bushes under their rez room window and conducted sales from a corner at the pizza place down the street.

Selling weed is neither complicated nor particularly difficult. But just watch how cumbersome and bureaucratic it becomes after governments try to take over "bud" retailing next July.

When Health Canada tried to grow medical marijuana in an abandoned hard-rock mine near Flin Flon, Manitoba, it made a hash of it, before finally bringing in a private hydroculture company to grow the plants for them.

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46CN AB: Chinatown Residents 'Insulted' Over Supervised Injection SitesFri, 08 Sep 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Stolte, Elise Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:09/12/2017

Supporters of Edmonton's Chinatown packed a meeting Thursday on how to let community members guide the implementation of the city's new supervised injection sites.

But the olive branch was too little, too late for some, with many residents left feeling bitter and ignored by city council's vote on injection sites last May.

"Supervised injection is not just a health services issue," said resident William Lau. "You know why we're frustrated, angry, why we're scared … Do you know why we feel insulted?"

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47 CN AB: LTE: War On DrugsTue, 05 Sep 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Trcka, Frank Area:Alberta Lines:36 Added:09/09/2017

Re: Victims of overdose. To have a location so these people can go for a fix is totally wrong. What needs to be done is to drill them into giving up the people that supplied the drugs to start with. Giving them another fix is not a solution. Alcohol is also a nasty drug. Is the city setting up a location where alcoholics can go for a supervised drink? No, AA is not a place where they can get a supervised drink.

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48 CN AB: Drug Overdose Support Group RalliesTue, 05 Sep 2017
Source:Fort McMurray Today (CN AB) Author:Bird, Cullen Area:Alberta Lines:123 Added:09/08/2017

An opioid crisis is bringing together friends and family members of overdose victims who want to support others going through the same pain.

Fort McMurray residents Mari-Lee Paluszak, 55, and Holly Meints, 51, both lost sons to accidental overdoses last year. Both attended Overdose Awareness Day at the Wood Buffalo Regional Library last Thursday to help put a face to the drug overdose problem, and to promote a support group for people suffering the same grief as their own. Their new group, On A Dragonfly's Wings, is meant to provide mutual support for grieving family members of overdose victims.

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49 CN AB: A Prickly IssueSun, 03 Sep 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Wakefield, Jonny Area:Alberta Lines:117 Added:09/08/2017

Discarded needles in the spotlight as Edmonton tackles overdose crisis, safe injection sites

Cardboard boxes filled with syringes fill every nook and cranny of the Streetworks office at Boyle Street Community Services.

They're stacked on top of cabinets, in corners and underneath a table in the centre of the brightly lit office. Unboxed sharps, wrapped in plastic, are stored in bins along a counter where people who use drugs can pick up clean supplies.

The boxes go "wherever we can stuff them," said Marliss Taylor, program manager at Streetworks. Last year, the service distributed a record two-and-a-quarter million syringes through its needle exchange van and exchange sites throughout the city. The goal, Taylor said, is to "flood the market" with clean needles, reducing the health impacts of intravenous drug use.

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50 CN AB: Experts OverwhelmedSun, 03 Sep 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:232 Added:09/08/2017

Chief medical examiner's office pores over deaths in opioid fight

EDMONTON - In the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner each morning, medical examiners, investigators, and morgue staff divide the stack of files containing unexplained deaths that have come in from the night before.

Five years ago, this department, headquartered in a low-slung grey building in Edmonton, investigated between 1,900 to 2,000 cases a year.

But in the last couple of years the caseload has jumped to between 2,500 to 2,600 annually - the bulk of that increase, officials say, is due to fentanyl and other opioid deaths.

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