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1 CN AB: Legal Age For Pot Use Likely To Be Set At 19Fri, 21 Jul 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Ferguson, Rob Area:Alberta Lines:72 Added:07/22/2017

EDMONTON - Ontario is on track to set the legal age for recreational marijuana use at 19, Premier Kathleen Wynne says.

Wynne told the Star the age of majority should be the same for pot as it is for booze once the federal government legalizes cannabis next July 1.

"I have a hard time imagining Ontario will have a lower age for pot than we do for alcohol," she said in an interview at the close of the annual premiers' conference here.

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2 CN AB: The Waiting GameThu, 20 Jul 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Larkins, David Area:Alberta Lines:56 Added:07/21/2017

Pallister monitoring fed decision on Churchill, wants Ottawa to delay pot legalization

The federal government needs to "step up" on multiple matters that impact Manitobans, Premier Brian Pallister said Wednesday in a conference call with local media.

Pallister said the province needs an answer from Ottawa on what to do about the ongoing crisis in Churchill before deciding its next move; and he reiterated his believe the feds need to push pause on their marijuana legalization, saying the stakes are too high to rush into a bold new era.

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3CN AB: Premiers Seek Clarity On Federal Plans For MarijuanaThu, 20 Jul 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Bennett, Dean Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:07/21/2017

Failing that, provinces will call for a delay

EDMONTON - Canada's premiers say the federal government needs to provide more clarity as they work to craft rules on legalizing marijuana - or Ottawa will face a call for a delay.

"It's great that the prime minister wants to stick to his deadline. That's super-duper," Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said Wednesday at the closing news conference of the leaders' annual summer meeting.

"He needs to then hear what the premiers of his country - our country - - have said we need help with. There are a number of significant and serious public policy issues here. They need to be addressed. They should be addressed co-operatively."

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4 CN AB: LTE: Legalized PotThu, 20 Jul 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Munroe, Donald Area:Alberta Lines:26 Added:07/21/2017

Re: Pot legalization on agenda.

Let's first get alcohol and its deadly effects under control, prior to the legalization of marijuana. I really question Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's sanity in this area. Why mix gasoline with dynamite?

Donald Munroe



(Most Canadians are OK with legalized pot.)

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5 CN AB: LTE: Legalized PotThu, 20 Jul 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Munroe, Donald Area:Alberta Lines:26 Added:07/21/2017

Re: Pot legalization on agenda.

Let's first get alcohol and its deadly effects under control, prior to the legalization of marijuana. I really question Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's sanity in this area. Why mix gasoline with dynamite?

Donald Munroe



(Most Canadians are OK with legalized pot.)

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6 CN AB: Clear The AirThu, 20 Jul 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Bennett, Dean Area:Alberta Lines:84 Added:07/21/2017

Premiers Frustrated By Lack Of Answers From Federal Gov't On Pot Legalization

Canada's premiers say the federal government needs to provide more clarity as they work to craft rules on legalizing marijuana - or Ottawa will face a call for a delay.

"It's great that the prime minister wants to stick to his deadline. That's super-duper," Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said Wednesday at the closing news conference of the leaders' annual summer meeting.

"He needs to then hear what the premiers of his country - our country - - have said we need help with. There are a number of significant and serious public policy issues here. They need to be addressed. They should be addressed co-operatively."

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7 CN AB: Premiers Push PM On PotThu, 20 Jul 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Graney, Emma Area:Alberta Lines:102 Added:07/21/2017

Call on federal government to resolve issues around pending legalization of marijuana

The federal government is leaving provinces and territories hanging when it comes to legalized marijuana, premiers say, and they want answers to help them draft cannabis legislation.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set a July 1 deadline for legal pot, but premiers at the Council of the Federation meeting Wednesday in Edmonton worried the timeline is unrealistic.

Earlier in the week, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister was pushing for a delay.

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8 CN AB: Majority Of Drugs Seized By Alert Is MarijuanaMon, 17 Jul 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Theobald, Claire Area:Alberta Lines:56 Added:07/19/2017

Of the $8.65 million in illegal drugs the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) pulled off of Alberta's streets, well over half of it was marijuana.

"Marijuana remains highly profitable for organized crime," said Insp. Dave Dubnyk with ALERT. "It's traded for other drugs, used for financing illegal enterprises."

According to information in the 2016-17 ALERT annual report, investigators seized $5.4-million worth of marijuana last year.

Dubnyk said while ALERT officers may not be specifically targeting marijuana, it is often discovered during other investigations involving illegal drugs and organized crime.

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9 CN AB: Sticky Situation: Weed Derivative Sparks DebateMon, 17 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Maimann, Kevin Area:Alberta Lines:74 Added:07/19/2017

Alberta police are sounding the alarm about a trending drug that one user says is crucial to her well being.

St. Albert RCMP announced last Thursday they had seized 49 grams of the highly concentrated marijuana derivative "shatter" from a home in Fleetwood Crescent, where they also seized more than 100 grams of marijuana.

They arrested two men during the seizure, made on April 21 following an extensive investigation.

"As shatter is so highly concentrated, it is important that residents recognize it and be educated about its risks so everyone can be a part of keeping our community safe," RCMP said in a press release.

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10 CN AB: Officer Saves Overdose Victim With Naloxone KitFri, 14 Jul 2017
Source:Fort McMurray Today (CN AB) Author:McDermott, Vincent Area:Alberta Lines:88 Added:07/17/2017

Police are crediting a quick-thinking officer with a Naloxone kit for saving a man's life in Janvier earlier this week.

According to Wood Buffalo RCMP, an officer was making a routine patrol through the hamlet, located approximately 120 kilometres south of Fort McMurray, on July 12 when the officer was flagged down.

An individual asked the officer to help a 25-year-old resident who was unconscious. The officer found the unconscious person was barely breathing, turning blue and had a faint pulse, forcing the officer to administer two doses of an anti-opiate drug called Naloxone.

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11 CN AB: PUB LTE: Picking And ChoosingSun, 16 Jul 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Aubut, Warren Area:Alberta Lines:31 Added:07/17/2017

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has "seen the science" regarding marijuana and young people, and because of this, he wants the minimum age to purchase marijuana to be 21. Has Nenshi bothered to notice the science regarding tobacco, which directly kills 45,000 Canadians every year, or alcohol, which directly kills 4,500 Canadians every year? yet, anyone 18 or over can purchase these products. Marijuana-related deaths in Canada for 2016: 0. In fact, marijuana-related deaths for the years 2000 B.C. to 2017 A.D.: 0. Don't worry about adults purchasing marijuana at 18, Mr. Nenshi. It will be fine.

Warren Aubut



(If we say you are an adult at 18, you are an adult without conditions.)

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12CN AB: Nenshi Slams July 1 Date For Legal PotSat, 08 Jul 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Klingbeil, Annalise Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:07/10/2017

Calgary's mayor blasted Canada Day as "the stupidest possible day" for the federal government to make cannabis legal and said he believes Albertans should be 21 before they're allowed to purchase marijuana for recreational use.

Nenshi made the comments at a committee meeting on Thursday, at which elected officials attempted to grapple with the looming federal legalization of marijuana and agreed not to make any decisions when it comes to a stance on the minimum legal age of purchase in Alberta.

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13 CN AB: 'Stupidest Possible Day' To Legalize PotFri, 07 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Calgary, CN AB) Author:Pike, Helen Area:Alberta Lines:50 Added:07/10/2017

July 1 not the right time, says Nenshi

Mayor Naheed Nenshi has concerns about the city's stance on marijuana rules - but following this past Canada Day, he's also dissing the feds' plan to legalize weed for next year's big celebration.

On Thursday, during an intergovernmental affairs committee meeting, the mayor shared some thoughts on the city's official advocacy stance being delivered to the provincial government.

"I am advocating very, very hard with the federal government that July 1 is the stupidest possible day," Nenshi said at the meeting, before expanding on his concerns with reporters.

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14 CN AB: Councillor Proposes Restricting Pot Use Near Schools, ParksFri, 07 Jul 2017
Source:Fort McMurray Today (CN AB) Author:McDermott, Vincent Area:Alberta Lines:72 Added:07/10/2017

With marijuana expected to be legalized across Canada in 2018, Councillor Sheldon Germain wants the municipality to begin researching possible restrictions on its legal use within Wood Buffalo.

The motion, which will be introduced at next Tuesday's council meeting by Germain, will direct administration to examine amending bylaws on how and where marijuana can be sold and consumed within Wood Buffalo.

If the motion is passed, staff will research and develop "strategic initiatives" establishing parameters for where cannabis dispensaries can be established.

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15 CN AB: PUB LTE: Focus Must Be On Harm ReductionTue, 04 Jul 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Thomas, Lorna Area:Alberta Lines:37 Added:07/05/2017

Re. "Pot legalization sparks new issues for school boards," June 28

With fentanyl killing young people all across North America, the primary goal of the revised drug education in Alberta schools, and in the home, should be harm reduction.

I am encouraged to see that school boards in Alberta are looking to update their education around drugs.

But educators and parents need to urgently discuss more than marijuana.

Fentanyl is being found in almost all street drugs, with the exception of marijuana.

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16 CN AB: LTE: War On Isis With DrugsSun, 02 Jul 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Nilsson, Steven Area:Alberta Lines:40 Added:07/04/2017

Here's an idea what to do about all those illegal drugs that are confiscated, and the drug dealers they arrest in the process. Put it all in a cargo plane and send all of it to ISIS. Give the terrorists all the drugs, along with the dealers. This would save a lot of manpower, bullets, and not having to store any of the evidence anywhere, where it could only take up space the authorities don't have. Never mind all the money we, the taxpayer, can all save on not having trials for the criminals. And the jail time they may get. At the same time, we solve our terrorist wars and troubles. Another saving on the taxpayers wallets.

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17 CN AB: Circling Traditional DisciplineFri, 30 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:French, Janet Area:Alberta Lines:216 Added:07/03/2017

Restorative justice offers better way to discipline students than suspension

A decade ago, principal Keith MacQuarrie was frustrated with the number of students he was suspending for drugs and sending to board hearings for chronic absenteeism.

The tipi room is sometimes used for restorative circles at the Ermineskin Junior Senior High School in central Alberta.

He piped Frank Sinatra songs into the lunch detention room at Ermineskin Junior/Senior High School in Maskwacis, hoping students would be annoyed enough to follow the rules. It didn't work.

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18CN AB: Beltline Cautiously Welcomes Supervised Consumption SiteWed, 28 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:07/03/2017

Some local residents against proposed facility, fear impact on property values

Maintenance staff and volunteers at First Baptist have gotten used to finding needles and other drug paraphernalia while tidying the flower beds belonging to the historic Beltline church.

"All the time. We have a lot of needles. Now we've got special devices to pick them up because it's not safe," said Jose Gongora, head of maintenance for the church.

"Our volunteers are very worried and concerned because these guys use needles and just drop it everywhere."

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19CN AB: Educators Grapple With Implications Of Legal PotWed, 28 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:French, Janet Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:07/03/2017

Never did Alberta School Boards Association president Mary Martin think she'd have a file labelled "Marijuana" among her advocacy documents.

As the July 2018 date for legal recreational marijuana in Canada approaches, every school board in the province will have to revisit policies and procedures, from student codes of conduct to rules about administering medication, said Kevin Andrea, superintendent of Whitecourt-based Northern Gateway Public Schools.

"There's not one school board in the province that could say that we are ready now for this," Andrea said Tuesday.

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20CN AB: Neighbours Cheer Police As Suspected Drug House BustedThu, 29 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Passifiume, Bryan Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:07/03/2017

Officers lay 45 charges and seize weapons and drugs in swoop on Applewood home

Police are crediting tips from the public in shutting down a suspected Applewood drug house that resulted in 45 criminal charges against two people.

A search warrant executed June 22 at a home on Applecroft Road S.E. yielded drugs, weapons and cash - and, according to Sgt. Nick Wilsher, a return to normalcy for area residents.

"It affects the community itself so much," Wilsher said Wednesday, speaking to media at police headquarters.

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21 CN AB: Legal Weed A Looming Concern For SchoolsWed, 28 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:French, Janet Area:Alberta Lines:72 Added:07/03/2017

Never did Alberta School Boards Association president Mary Martin think she'd have a file labelled "Marijuana" among her advocacy documents.

As the July 2018 date for legal recreational marijuana in Canada approaches, Alberta school trustees and senior administrators are questioning how they can prepare for the change.

Every school board in the province will have to revisit policies and procedures, from student codes of conduct to rules about administering medication, said Kevin Andrea, superintendent of Whitecourt-based Northern Gateway Public Schools.

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22CN AB: Pot Legalization Sparks New Issues For School BoardsWed, 28 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:French, Janet Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:07/01/2017

Never did Alberta School Boards Association president Mary Martin think she'd have a file labelled "marijuana" among her advocacy documents.

As the expected July 2018 date for legal recreational marijuana in Canada approaches, every school board in the province will have to revisit policies and procedures, from student codes of conduct to rules about administering medication, said Kevin Andrea, superintendent of Whitecourt-based Northern Gateway Public Schools.

"There's not one school board in the province that could say that we are ready now for this," Andrea said Tuesday.

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23 CN AB: Smoke Out Policy ProblemsTue, 27 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Csernyik, Rob Area:Alberta Lines:55 Added:07/01/2017

Health group feels tobacco is taking a back seat to cannabis

A health coalition that feels the Alberta government is prioritizing marijuana legislation over tobacco wants to see action taken to protect the province's youth.

Representatives from the Campaign for a Smoke-Free Alberta gathered outside the Alberta legislature Monday to voice their concerns and launch a new mobilization campaign, Protect Alberta Kids From Tobacco.

One concern is that implementation of the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act is being delayed while cannabis legislation has been accelerated, the representatives said.

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24 CN AB: Pot Clock Is Ticking As Legalization LoomsMon, 26 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:85 Added:06/30/2017

Alberta opposition wrestles with intricacies of legal marijuana

Alberta's conservative opposition parties are concerned about the tight time-frame for cannabis legalization.

NDP Finance Minister Joe Ceci said last week that despite major decisions needing to be made, Alberta will be ready with a regulatory regime and won't ask Ottawa for an extension to its planned July 1, 2018, date for legal cannabis to be implemented.

However, Wildrose justice critic Angela Pitt said in a recent interview that Alberta should contemplate joining Manitoba in formally asking for the legalization date to be pushed back.

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25CN AB: Opposition Parties Put Forward Their Positions On LegalizedMon, 26 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/30/2017

CALGARY - Alberta's conservative opposition parties are concerned about the tight time frame for cannabis legalization.

NDP Finance Minister Joe Ceci said last week that despite major decisions needing to be made, Alberta will be ready with a regulatory regime and won't ask Ottawa for an extension to its planned July 1, 2018, date for legal cannabis to be implemented.

However, Wildrose justice critic Angela Pitt said in a recent interview that Alberta should contemplate joining Manitoba in formally asking for the legalization date to be pushed back.

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26CN AB: Province Urged To Delay Legal PotMon, 26 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/30/2017

Alberta's conservative opposition parties are concerned about the tight time frame for cannabis legalization.

NDP Finance Minister Joe Ceci said last week that despite major decisions needing to be made, Alberta will be ready with a regulatory regime and won't ask Ottawa for an extension to its planned July 1, 2018, date for legal cannabis to be implemented.

However, Wildrose justice critic Angela Pitt said in a recent interview that Alberta should contemplate joining Manitoba in formally asking for the legalization date to be pushed back.

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27 CN AB: Unintentional KillersSun, 25 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:89 Added:06/30/2017

Opioid's potency means illicit drug producers unknowingly create deadly doses

More Albertans died from drug overdoses involving the powerful synthetic opioid carfentanil in the first five months of the year than in all of 2016, according to new data from the province.

There were 34 overdose deaths in Alberta involving carfentanil in the first 20 weeks of 2017, surpassing the 32 deaths identified by authorities last year.

Carfentanil is a potent sedative used by veterinarians to tranquilize large animals.

It's approximately 100 times more toxic than fentanyl and 10,000 times more potent than morphine.

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28CN AB: City Tries To Cut Through Haze On Life With LegalizedSat, 24 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Simons, Paula Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/24/2017

Denyse Doran is what you might call a pot pro.

For more than 20 years, she and her family have owned and operated the Jupiter Cannabis Shop on Whyte Avenue. The business has been so successful, they've franchised, with five shops now around Edmonton, and others in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. At the moment, they sell primarily marijuana "paraphernalia" - pipes, vaporizers, rolling papers, grinders, and such. But no actual cannabis.

"If I sold pot, I'd be in jail," she laughs. "We're in this weird in-between period."

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29 CN AB: Supervised Drug Consumption Site Sought For CityFri, 23 Jun 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Villeneuve, Melissa Area:Alberta Lines:168 Added:06/23/2017

Opioid overdoses higher in South Zone than elsewhere in the province

A Lethbridge coalition on opioid use is preparing an application to establish supervised drug consumption services in the city to reduce harm and help save lives.

Supervised consumption services provide a clean, safe space for people who use drugs to do so under the supervision and care of health professionals without fear of arrest or overdose. They also provide access to support services such as counselling, education and treatment for drug addictions.

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30 CN AB: Column: Pot Legalization: Get Answers To Your QuestionsThu, 22 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Forbes, Gerry Area:Alberta Lines:63 Added:06/22/2017

The legalization of marijuana is just around the corner and many questions still have to be studied and answered to make sure it's going to be done responsibly, and more importantly safely, so the benefits can be highlighted for those still questioning the decision.

The National Access Cannabis (http:/nationalaccesscanabis.com) is doing the largest-ever harm reduction study for opioids using cannabis(http:/opiatestudy.ca/)

They are starting with 2,000 patients and plan to grow it quickly, based on the medical resources and the medical community's extensive interest in the study.

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31 CN AB: LTE: Put Safe Injection Site In City HallThu, 22 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Lieber, Eugene Area:Alberta Lines:24 Added:06/22/2017

Re. "Communities object to concentration of drug injection sites," June 19

Since city council insists that safe injection sites go into those four areas, how come it is not a good idea to have one in City Hall, perhaps in the mayor's office?

It would be nice and central. There are obviously two sets of rules for them and those that pay the bills.

Eugene Lieber, Edmonton

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32 CN AB: PUB LTE: Gateway MythSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Macklin, Chet Area:Alberta Lines:33 Added:06/21/2017

Noel Hershfield is incorrect. In fact, there is an abundance of studies dispelling the 'gateway' myth. Marijuana is like a gateway drug the same way an appetizer is a gateway to an entree. One generally occurs before the other.

Further, many people mistakenly believe marijuana use precedes rather than follows other drug use. In fact, most drug use begins with alcohol and nicotine. And if the next argument is that cannabis introduces you to a dealer selling harder drugs, that's even more reason to legalize it. Consider the large number of people whom have used cannabis and not gone on to use other illicit drugs. Correlation is not causation!

Chet Macklin



(There appears to be little consensus on this issue.)

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33 CN AB: PUB LTE: Gateway MythSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Macklin, Chet Area:Alberta Lines:32 Added:06/21/2017

Noel Hershfield is incorrect. In fact, there is an abundance of studies dispelling the 'gateway' myth. Marijuana is like a gateway drug the same way an appetizer is a gateway to an entree. One generally occurs before the other.

Further, many people mistakenly believe marijuana use precedes rather than follows other drug use. In fact, most drug use begins with alcohol and nicotine. And if the next argument is that cannabis introduces you to a dealer selling harder drugs, that's even more reason to legalize it. Consider the large number of people whom have used cannabis and not gone on to use other illicit drugs. Correlation is not causation!

Chet Macklin



(There appears to be little consensus on this issue.)

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34 CN AB: Time To Talk Pot TaxesTue, 20 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:77 Added:06/20/2017

Ready for legalization, except for one thing:

Alberta will be ready for legalized cannabis in 2018 but has work to do in developing a tax regime, Finance Minister Joe Ceci said Monday.

Ceci attended a meeting of federal and provincial finance ministers in Ottawa where legal weed was on the agenda.

The federal Liberal government has set a date of July 1, 2018 to keep its campaign promise to legalize recreational marijuana and provinces are currently working to develop a regulatory regime.

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35CN AB: Ceci Says Province Needs To Figure Out Taxes On Legalized PotTue, 20 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/20/2017

Alberta will be ready for legalized cannabis in 2018 but has work to do in developing a tax regime for the product, Finance Minister Joe Ceci said Monday.

Ceci attended a meeting of federal and provincial finance ministers in Ottawa where legal weed was on the agenda.

The federal Liberal government has set a date of July 1, 2018, to keep its campaign promise to legalize recreational marijuana and provinces are currently working to develop a regulatory regime.

One issue Alberta must grapple with is the lack of a provincial sales tax, Ceci acknowledged as he spoke to reporters in a televised news conference.

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36 CN AB: Beltline Tabbed For Safe SiteThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Metro (Calgary, CN AB) Author:Cameron, Elizabeth Area:Alberta Lines:84 Added:06/19/2017

Province hopes to open public health service by end of 2017

The Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre in the Beltline could soon be Calgary's first supervised consumption site, pending federal approval.

Associate Minister of Health Brandy Payne confirmed on Thursday the province has applied to provide supervised consumption services in Calgary at the downtown health facility and will soon begin discussions with nearby residents.

"It's our hope that we'll be able to open the doors by the end of this year," Payne said, speaking to a large crowd who gathered at the health facility's lobby for the announcement.

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37CN AB: Plans Inch Ahead For City's First Safe Drug-Use SiteThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Cole, Yolanda Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

Alberta Health Services has submitted an application to establish Calgary's first supervised consumption site for drug users in the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre, Associate Minister of Health Brandy Payne confirmed Wednesday.

The announcement comes as the province comes to grips with an opioid crisis that has killed hundreds, and as Edmonton seeks to open four supervised consumption sites.

Community consultations on the proposed service at the Beltline facility will take place over the coming weeks, beginning with the distribution of postcards to residents and businesses within a two-kilometre radius of the health centre to notify them of small-group discussions.

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38CN AB: OPED: Let's Keep Legalized Cannabis Profits At HomeThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Mooij, Jeff Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

Stand-alone stores can lower prices while creating jobs, says Jeff Mooij.

The Alberta government has wisely begun a broad consultation process so the public can provide their input on the upcoming legalization of cannabis.

As both the provinces and the federal government attempt to implement new laws and regulations across the country, Alberta has the opportunity to get it right and become a leader in the safe, informed and responsible recreational consumption of cannabis.

Alberta can build from the strengths and avoid the pitfalls experienced by other jurisdictions that have already legalized recreational use. It was encouraging to see both Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley and Finance Minister Joe Ceci visit Denver to learn from their processes.

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39 CN AB: PUB LTE: Drug Addicts Need Help, Not JudgingMon, 19 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Taylor, Shawna Area:Alberta Lines:55 Added:06/19/2017

Re: Plans inch ahead for city's first safe drug-use site, June 15

I just saw a news article regarding the safe injection site opening at the Sheldon Chumir Health Centre and had to write this.

My daughter has an addiction to fentanyl and has been in recovery for six months. We were a normal family, strict with our kids, told them not to do drugs. This wasn't going to happen to us. Until it did.

No matter what we tried, help was hard to come by. Her first wait for rehab was almost six months and it took almost 1.5 years of addiction before my daughter was ready to participate in her treatment and she was admitted to a facility that helped save her life. This was after numerous hospital trips, overdoses and frustration trying to find resources as well as 24-hour care to make sure she didn't access the drug her body craved.

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40 CN AB: Spread Out Injection Sites: ResidentsSun, 18 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Theobald, Claire Area:Alberta Lines:85 Added:06/18/2017

Protesters take issue with concentration of proposed sites within Edmonton's core

Nearly 200 protestors gathered outside of the Alberta Legislature on Saturday to speak out against a concentration of safe injection sites in the Boyle, McCauley and Central McDougall neighbourhoods that they say is part of a larger issue of "systemic ghettoization."

"We know the situation is dire, and we do not minimize the issue, but Chinatown and the surrounding communities are already saturated with all shelter beds and over 60 social agencies that contribute to chaos, disorder and crime because the homeless and vulnerable are drawn to our communities by these agencies," said Georgina Fiddler, a resident of McCauley for seven years, addressing the rally.

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41CN AB: Medical Pot A Growing Issue Among WorkplacesMon, 12 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Kent, Gordon Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/16/2017

An estimated 500,000 Canadians will be using drug for health reasons by 2024

Apprentice ironworker Johnathan Dickson says his union wouldn't send him out to construction jobs last year while he was using medical marijuana.

While an official with Ironworkers local 720 maintains the situation is far more complicated than that, Dickson's case illustrates some of the workplace issues - mainly involving safety - related to the growing Canadian consumption of prescription pot.

"In talking with our clients, (medical cannabis) is an issue that's coming up more and more," says Cristina Wendel, an Edmonton employment and labour lawyer at Dentons, who cited estimates that 500,000 Canadians will be using the drug for health reasons by 2024.

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42 CN AB: Weed In The WorkplaceMon, 12 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Kent, Gordon Area:Alberta Lines:123 Added:06/16/2017

Increasing popularity of prescription pot highlights a growing issue for employers

Apprentice ironworker Johnathan Dickson says his union wouldn't send him out to construction jobs last year while he was using medical marijuana.

While an official with Ironworkers local 720 maintains the situation is far more complicated than that, Dickson's case illustrates some of the workplace issues - mainly involving safety - related to the growing Canadian consumption of prescription pot.

Growing issue

"In talking with our clients, (medical cannabis) is an issue that's coming up more and more," says Cristina Wendel, an Edmonton employment and labour lawyer at Dentons, who cited estimates that 500,000 Canadians will be using the drug for health reasons by 2024.

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43 CN AB: PUB LTE: Address Root Causes Of Drug AbuseSat, 10 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Kontos, Yulia Area:Alberta Lines:34 Added:06/14/2017

People do not just wake up one day and decide, "I am going to become a drug user."

There are social causes that bring about drug use which need to be dealt with in order to reduce this problem. Drug use is more prevalent among people who are disadvantaged. If we really want to stop this epidemic of opioid overdose, there needs to be public policy in place that will lessen the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged people in order to stop drug use before it starts.

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44CN AB: Editorial: A Program That WorksFri, 09 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/14/2017

Every government-funded program should be so lucky as to have Julia Carriere as an exemplar of its good work.

The 21-year-old woman was seven-months pregnant and addicted to drugs when she was arrested for trafficking in March 2016. Getting picked up by police turned out to be the second chance she needed and a timely blessing for her then-unborn son Richard, now one year old.

Carriere is the latest graduate of the Edmonton Drug Treatment Court Service, a program that delays sentencing after an offender pleads guilty to a criminal offence related to drug addiction.

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45 CN AB: LTE: Hazards Of Pot Use Are Already EvidentThu, 08 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Alberta Lines:32 Added:06/13/2017

Re: "Talking pot: NDP launch marijuana survey online," Herald Online, June 2.

Anyone interested in the impact of legalized marijuana only need look at what has happened in the U.S. In Colorado, there has been an increase in young people at ERs from pot smoking and consuming edibles. In Washington state, road deaths have doubled since legalization.

The Trudeau government, in its rush to appease its pro-pot base and reap billions from sales, is simply ignoring conclusive studies saying young people who smoke marijuana run a greatly enhanced risk of suffering psychosis or other mental issues later in life.

One thing for sure: health care and policing services will feel the impact of legalization.

Larry Comeau, Ottawa

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46CN AB: NDP Says Safe Site For Drug Consumption ComingFri, 09 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/13/2017

Associate health minister Brandy Payne says she anticipates a supervised consumption site for users of dangerous opioids will be operating in Calgary within months.

Payne also said Thursday she expects there will ultimately be multiple safe-consumption sites in the city to try to combat a rising death toll from fentanyl and other opioids.

A Calgary application for a supervised consumption site is one of five Alberta proposals - the rest are from Edmonton - that have been submitted to Health Canada for an exemption under the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

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47 CN AB: More Drugs? Really?Mon, 05 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Alberta Lines:29 Added:06/09/2017

How is this not an emergency? I find it mind-boggling that the Trudeau government has made legalizing marijuana its top priority rather than developing a national strategy to cope with the opioid crisis that is killing thousands of young people from coast to coast. Why on earth, with this opioid crisis, would any sensible government want to add another dangerous drug to the mix, with so many long-term effects of pot unknown.

Larry Comeau



(Apples and oranges but many people would agree with you. Others, not so much.)

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48 CN AB: LTE: More Drugs? Really?Mon, 05 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Alberta Lines:29 Added:06/09/2017

How is this not an emergency? I find it mind-boggling that the Trudeau government has made legalizing marijuana its top priority rather than developing a national strategy to cope with the opioid crisis that is killing thousands of young people from coast to coast. Why on Earth, with this opioid crisis, would any sensible government want to add another dangerous drug to the mix, with so many long-term effects of pot unknown.

Larry Comeau



(Apples and oranges but many people would agree with you. Others, not so much.)

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49 CN AB: PUB LTE: Gone To PotTue, 06 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Burdon, Ted Area:Alberta Lines:31 Added:06/09/2017

Larry Comeau seems to believe that legalizing marijuana amounts to "government adding another dangerous drug to the mix". The pot is already out there and legalizing it will not increase usage. However I do agree that all drug usage needs national attention.

The federal government should set up a new agency which will receive 100% of the new taxes raised through the production and distribution of marijuana. This agency would invest in education and rehabilitation for all drug users including alcoholics. I would hate to see all this new tax revenue disappear down the bottomless pit we call government budgets.

Ted Burdon



(A little green from green doesn't sound like a bad idea.)

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50 CN AB: Support Key To Drug BattleFri, 02 Jun 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Mabell, Dave Area:Alberta Lines:80 Added:06/06/2017

Police chief updates SACPA audience

"Catch and release" may work with fish conservation, but it's no answer to the issues of drug addiction.

That's the word from Rob Davis, Chief of the Lethbridge Police Service. He says repeatedly arresting people addicted to alcohol or drugs and then releasing them - with no assistance offered - is very expensive and it solves nothing.

"That's what we were doing," and so were police services across the nation.

But Lethbridge has a myriad of social service agencies, he told a Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs audience Thursday, and now police officers make an effort to connect repeat customers with an appropriate service agency as they're released.

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