Edmonton police will need about $1.4 million in ongoing and one-time
funding to prepare for marijuana legalization this summer, a report to
the police commission states.
Cannabis is set to become legal in Canada this summer and with it
comes higher policing costs, the Edmonton Police Commission heard Thursday.
Police officials outlined a laundry list of new technology and
training needed to enforce legal weed laws. Last month, the city
approved $1.4 million in one-time and ongoing funding to help the
police service deal with the impact of legal weed.
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Doctors who treat youth have serious concerns about the legalization
With universities and schools providing few details around strategies
for marijuana legalization, doctors who treat youth have serious
concerns about the inevitable increase in use and the impending
impacts of what can be a dangerous drug.
Dr. Chris Wilkes, Alberta Health Services head of child and adolescent
psychiatry, said educators "need to ramp it up" in terms of creating
environments to ensure safety and informing youths about the health
effects of marijuana.
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The decision isn't without controversy, but city council was wise to
ban the use of marijuana in public places.
When the federal government legalizes cannabis later this summer,
Calgarians won't be able to smoke, vape or eat products made with the
substance in public spaces, unless they're a medical marijuana user.
That's led critics of the decision to complain that people who live in
multi-family dwellings may not be able to use the drug.
"It's not an insignificant group of people - 36 per cent of Calgarians
are renters," Coun. Evan Woolley said when the restriction was being
discussed by council. "And effectively, we are saying there is no
space for you to consume cannabis, and that's a problem for me."
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You can still have your say about cannabis restrictions in the
community until Wednesday afternoon but concerns have been raised
about people being able to submit more than one survey.
"Yes, there are no restrictions based on IP addresses as this is city
policy," said Jim Genge senior planner, planning and development services.
Restrictions would make it difficult to complete the survey, including
for the more than 500 who completed it at the Home and Garden Trade
Show, he said. It would also restrict more than one person in a
household from having a say.
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Plenty of hard work goes into training police service dogs to sniff
out illicit substances
For the vast majority of the dog population, sitting, shaking their
paw and possibly rolling over is more than enough to get a treat, or
some time with their favourite toy.
For police service dogs Astor and Flint, some of the highest praise
comes after sniffing out drugs hidden in a home or a vehicle.
The Medicine Hat Police Service is two weeks into training PSD Astor
to detect drugs and to notify his handler of any illegal substances he
may sniff out.
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Last week there were two rallies organized to address the opioid
crisis - one in the city and the other on the Blood Reserve. On Monday
night, I attended the Community in Crisis March that started at City
Hall and ended with a candlelight vigil at Galt Gardens. Several very
touching speeches were given by citizens who have been impacted by the
opioid crisis and are determined to fight back.
Our Mayor and local MLA Maria Fitzpatrick also provided remarks
echoing the sentiment that this crisis sees no boundaries - it does
not discriminate. They also reaffirmed we must continue with harm
reduction efforts and band together as communities.
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Jason Kenney stated recently that the best way to combat drug addition
in general, and the opioid crisis in particular, is by controlling
supply. This demonstrates that he is little more than a cynical,
career politician. He will say whatever he thinks will resonate with
his base in the hope of becoming the next premier.
Mr. Kenney has routinely prostrated himself at the alter of the free
market, and is one who regards state intervention in the economy as
devil's work. He knows that where there is a demand, entrepreneurs
will invest capital with the aim of meeting that demand. In light of
well-established and widely accepted market theory, Mr. Kenney should
know - as I suspect he does - that the best way to address crises such
as the one we are witnessing is to also address the demand side of the
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The sheer volume of human suffering has been increasing exponentially
in recent months as a new and deadly wave of opioids scythes through
local drug users and addicts, says Const. Ryan Darroch, a 15-year
veteran of the Lethbridge Police Service, and a beat cop with the
downtown policing unit.
"We have not yet confirmed carfentanil (behind the recent overdoses)
through our lab analysis," he emphasizes, "but we have seized
carfentanil in the city. A lot of the street people we talk to in the
downtown, and all over this city, refer to it as 'Car.' It almost
looks like that candy Nerds. They tell us they take that carfentanil
and mix it with a water solution in those little blue vials people may
see on the streets on the ground. They mix that solution in little
green mixing bowls, and it breaks down the opioid inside that and they
may then draw that solution into a needle and inject it into
themselves. Fentanyl or
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One of the most desired outcomes of opening the ARCHES Supervised
Consumption Site in Lethbridge is a reduction in the number of
incidents of public drug use and disposal of drugdebris in the
While it is too early to say whether or not that outcome has been
achieved, Terra Plato, CEO of the Lethbridge Public Library, stated
the early signs at the Main Branch were positive.
"Like the rest of this city, the library has experienced the same
impacts downtown in terms of drug debris and that sort of thing,"
Plato said. "The general sense, the feeling around the library, is
that, yes, we have seen a positive difference since the Supervised
Consumption Site has opened. But I cannot really comment on the number
of needles, and that sort of thing. We just don't have that data yet."
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With legal recreational marijuana in the wings, Lethbridge remains
divided on its use.
The latest survey of city residents shows an even 50-50 split when
asked if they support legalization. But support is up from 43.9 per
cent in 2016 and 46.6 per cent last year, as reported by the Citizen
Society Research Lab at Lethbridge College.
On several other oncecontroversial issues, however, there's less
disagreement. Lethbridge residents continue to agree largely with
same-gender marriage (77.3 per cent), doctorassisted death (79.5 per
cent) and a woman's right to abortion (81.7 per cent).
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Alberta's supervised consumption sites should be permitted to offer
drug testing to help users learn what dangers might be lurking in
their illicit narcotics, the province's opioid commission recommended
While questions persist about the effectiveness of fentanyl-sensing
strips and other testing devices, providing insight to users on what
they plan to inject or ingest will undoubtedly save lives, commission
"Anytime you can give people a bit more understanding than absolutely
none about what's in their drugs, I think that's a positive," Elaine
Hyshka, co-chair of the Minister's Opioid Emergency Response
Commission, told a news conference downtown.
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The war on drugs has never been won by anyone, anywhere. But Jason
Kenny figures that it can be won here in Alberta by stricter law
enforcement and by limiting safe injection sites.
He is against safe injection sites, because in his conservative way of
thinking, they promote the use of drugs. Nothing could be farther from
the truth. Safe injection sites help save lives.
On the street, drug addicts can be exposed to bad batches of drugs or
they can be thrown in jail for possession of illegal drugs. I'm quite
sure addicts are not happy they have to resort to safe injection sites
to get their fix.
And by going to safe injection sites, they are not demonized for being
addicts and they can go to these places so that they can get off their
dependence on drugs for good.
Dennis Wanechko, Leduc
Obviously reefer madness is still on when we hear about a "drug house"
being closed down and the bad guys had fentanyl labs, steroid labs and
shatter labs. Shatter is the street name for cannabis oil, which
should be legal as our delusional puppet promised it would be. This
fearmongering is ridiculous. It's a concentrate removing carbons and
impurities! Nothing more. I have used cannabis oils for my
fibromyalgia and broken back for 25 years without problems and
becoming a criminal (except for the fact I've had to go to criminals
to get it). Fentanyl gets prescribed to a person for a back injury and
three months later they have nothing, are on the street selling
themselves, in full addiction mode and robbing homes. Marijuana oil
made me a gold-medal mountain bike champion after I treated my back
injury with it and no other pain meds. The Prozac my doctor was
feeding me made me wake up! I still have all the unused pills.
(It's hardly reefer madness with legalization around the corner.)
United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney said he would be opposed
to expanding Safe Consumption Sites across the province if elected
"Helping addicts inject poison into their bodies is not a solution to
the problem of addiction," he said bluntly while visiting Lethbridge
Disagreeing with local Lethbridge government, aid organizations and
law enforcement officers who have championed the site, Kenney went on
to state he did not feel safe consumption or injection sites work, as
evidenced by the spike in opioid overdose deaths in Vancouver despite
having a safe injection site in that city for over a decade.
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Police are "picking and choosing " when it comes to marijuana
enforcement, says a Whyte Avenue medical cannabis dispensary owner
charged after a bust last month.
The Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement Section (EDGE) executed search
warrants Feb. 2 at two commercial addresses and a residence, turning
up cannabis products with a combined street value estimated by police
Paul Olson, owner of Whyte Cross dispensary, one of the businesses
raided Feb. 2, said it was "a little bit of a surprise" when police
entered his store and seized his products.
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Alleged local international crime cartel had United States, Mexican
Calgary school buddies came together to form their own drug
trafficking gang, with links to murder, money laundering and vicious
Mexican cartels, say city police.
The group was allegedly responsible for millions of dollars in
international drug imports and exports, and has been tied to a brazen
Calgary shooting that left two dead in a south Calgary Superstore
Calgary police say the group now faces dozens of charges, from drug
importation to money-laundering to murder.
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Calgary police will reveal details Thursday about how they smashed a
city-based crime cartel involved in murder, massive importation of
drugs and money laundering.
Tentacles of the gang spread as far as Mexico, and Postmedia sources
say they had connections with notorious drug cartels there.
Postmedia has also learned the group has been tied to a brazen
daylight shooting May 21 that left two men dead in a southeast Calgary
Superstore parking lot.
Sources say the bust is so significant that members of the U.S. Drug
Enforcement Adminstration (DEA) will be on hand when police reveal
details at a news conference Thursday morning.
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Majority to respond to city's online questionnaire have been for
Two thirds of Medicine Hatters support pot legalization, according to
early results of an online survey that asks how the city should
regulate local marijuana sales, the municipal planning commission
heard on Wednesday.
The same survey, filled out by 4,000 respondents as of Feb. 20, is on
track to garner a larger response than similar surveys in Calgary and
Edmonton. And city officials says the high numbers aren't the result
of the pro-pot community "hijacking" the process to skew the results.
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Tax income from soon-to-be-legal marijuana is forecast at $615
million. But it could bring in much more, a Lethbridge business
audience heard Wednesday.
And while the federal government will collect the new tax, 75 per cent
of it will go to provincial governments to help communities with
That was one of just a handful of new or hiked consumer taxes included
in the federal government's budget, highlighted in a breakfast
presentation by experts from KPMG.
[continues 283 words]
Funds from marijuana taxes will also help, says mayor
Federal funds targeting the opioid crisis will be welcome in
Lethbridge. And Mayor Chris Spearman says a share of the newly
announced taxes on marijuana will also help, when its use becomes
legal later this year.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau included $231 million in his new budget
- - spread over five years - to support communities battling an opioid
"Maybe we can get some relief," Spearman said, pointing to the steps
the City has taken to respond to the situation. One initiative, a
safe-use centre where drug users can find medical help and
counselling, opened Wednesday.
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The significant spike in illicit drug overdoses in Lethbridge has not
reached Medicine Hat - yet.
There is no way to predict that it will or when, said Insp. Tim
McGough, Medicine Hat Police Service.
Lethbridge recently experienced its largest spike in overdoses - 16
cases - ever recorded in a 24-hour period. There were 42 overdose
calls to first responders in the week after Feb. 19.
"We've had no specific overdose spike (in Medicine Hat) but we are
always concerned with illicit usage." said McGough.
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The president of the union representing more than 3,000 Suncor workers
says they have prepared to bring the issue of random drug testing back
to arbitration if the Supreme Court of Canada does not hear their case.
The comments came after the Alberta Court of Appeal upheld an
injunction against the practice granted by the province's Court of
In a Thursday morning interview, Ken Smith, president of Unifor Local
707A, said he was confident Canada's top court will hear their case.
The union expects to hear a decision by the end of March.
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A new clinic giving access to a drug similar to prescription heroin is
likely heading to Edmonton's inner city.
Alberta Health is planning two clinics as a pilot project, one each in
Edmonton and Calgary. Treatment would require opioid addicts to visit
the clinic several times each day to inject drugs supplied by the clinic.
It means users no longer need to buy drugs on the black market, and
studies at Vancouver's Crosstown Clinic found patients in the program
cut back their use of illicit drugs from at least 14 times a month to
less than four.
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This week marks a historic first for the City of Lethbridge. The
Supervised Consumption Site (SCS) will open its doors and will be the
first of its kind in North America to offer all four modes of
consumption - ingestion/oral, injection, intra-nasal/snorting and
inhalation. Despite this milestone, it's fair to say the facility has
been met with mixed reviews, including people who have come to me to
"blame" the police service for letting it happen. This not only
demonstrates a narrow view of Canada and our Charter of Rights and
Freedoms, but a failure to understand the role of the police in
social-political decisions that are driven by municipal , provincial
and federal officials and the mandate they support.
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Trying not to be too cynical about all the reporting, discussions,
debates and business preparations on Trudeau's "wrath of pot"
legalization predications, with the lame duck excuse that the crooks
are making too much money on its sales, I'm sorry! The recent news of
the inherent benefit of marijuana has been blown right out of the
water by a recent group of very prominent world scientists.
They have reported that there is absolutely no shred of evidence
whatsoever of its benefit for health and pain relief, because of the
availability of hundreds of pharmaceuticals that do not have negative
health aftereffects like brain damage, in addition to dangerous
driving which puts the very heavy load on our police forces that still
do not have equipment to test for drug impairment.
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Emergency services responded to 16 cases on Friday and 42 since Feb.
Lethbridge had the single biggest spike of overdoses in a 24-hour
period during the ongoing opioid crisis this past weekend, with 16
cases being responded to by local emergency services personnel on
"What we have seen over this past weekend is a dramatic increase in
the number of overdoses that our staff at Lethbridge Fire and EMS have
responded to," said deputy chief of support services Dana Terry, at a
hastily arranged press conference Monday morning. "Specifically with
overdoses where Narcan was administered."
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Realtors and condo boards scramble to find solutions
Realtors and condo boards are sparking up conversations about pot as
Anand Sharma, president and condominium manager with the Northern
Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute, said condo
corporations should start revising their rules if they haven't already
to prevent sticky situations when tenants start lighting up legally.
"The bottom line is people are going to have to seek legal counsel to
tighten up their bylaws or address some of these issues in their
bylaws," Sharma said.
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Re. "Man charged in 2016 fentanyl death pleads guilty in unrelated
drug case," Feb. 21
The war on drugs, which is really a war on the people who use drugs,
has failed. The people who sell drugs at the street level are very
often in the grips of addiction themselves.
This was the case for Jordan Yarmey, and so many others like him. The
people who buy drugs are exposed to the possibility of accidental
death by fentanyl poisoning, which was the case for Szymon Kalich.
This tragic situation draws attention to the need for drug policy
reform. The decriminalization of small amounts of drugs for personal
use, and access to drug testing is one way to end the opioid overdose
crisis that is devastating families across our country.
Lorna Thomas, Edmonton
It is hard to pinpoint reasons for a large increase in the number of
physicians authorizing the use of medical marijuana, but a local pain
specialist has some theories.
"Cannabinoids are showing great promise as medicines, especially in
the myriad of non specific conditions like anxiety, insomnia, fatigue,
mild to moderate pain, unhappiness, recurrent stress and dysphoria
conditions which pharmacotherapy has offered little and doctors are
ill equipped to treat," said Dr. Gaylord Wardell, anesthesiologist and
pain specialist, Sante Surgi, Medicine Hat. "Patients are dissatisfied
with their doctors and their drugs."
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A number of on-the-fly changes were proposed
Calgary city councillors have proposed a number of relaxations on
proposed cannabis retailer rules.
On Wednesday, during a council committee, administration presented
their land use bylaw rules to ready the city's policies ahead of
marijuana legalization. But just like rolling your first joint, the
process wasn't easy. The rules will now be smoothed over and sent to
an April council meeting before being passed into official law.
If council approves the changes made at the committee level, cannabis
stores won't be restricted by distance when it comes to opening up
shop near post-secondary institutions.
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Much like a self-learning robot that improves with every step,
Edmonton city hall hopes to tweak recreational cannabis bylaws now,
and after it is legalized.
"We're still in a little bit of a state of confusion or complexity as
to the way it'll all shake down as far as where can the stores be
located," Ward 6 Coun. Scott McKeen said Wednesday. "I suspect we'll
continue to struggle with these for a couple of years as we tweak the
regulations and make sure we get things right."
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Retailers watch on as city drafts regs on where shops can open
The cans and can'ts for Calgary cannabis retailers are taking shape
this month, but some prospective shops are pointing out that
perception could still be tainting the city's proposed bylaws.
On Wednesday, councillors will see administration's land use
amendments to add cannabis retail store rules to the city's bylaws.
These tweaks will go before the council in an April public hearing.
Out of three options, the city's going with one that would treat
cannabis retailers a little like liquor stores - but not entirely the
same as booze businesses.
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For all the hand-wringing that we were rushing into cannabis
legalization, and that there wasn't enough time to get it right, it
turns out that it wasn't that hard to figure out, after all.
Proponents of legalization have long argued that it makes far more
sense to regulate cannabis similar to how we regulate alcohol. All
along, then, the model for cannabis retail was staring us right in the
face, and the Alberta government deserves credit for not missing the
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I am quite suspicious about the headspace of the Journal editor who
captioned a brief article about a U.S. survey with the headline "Pot
holiday linked to fatal car crashes" (Feb. 13). Maybe their attention
span allowed them to only get as far as the first paragraph.
The next one explicitly stated that the survey being reported had
found absolutely no evidence of a link between pot smoking and car
crashes on the one day of the year studied from 1992 to 2016, which
was April 20, the day of the year adopted by activists to push for the
decriminalization of cannabis.
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Ontario Senator Tony Dean, sponsor of the Trudeau Liberals' pot bill
in the Upper Chamber, is upset that Canadians will not be able to
legally light up their spliffs until long after Canada Day.
He says time is of the essence, and that the government does not have
the luxury of biding it.
Why is this? Why, after more than 100 years of marijuana being
illegal, does the good senator think pushing back the smoke date by a
few weeks is the wrong thing to do?
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Patients still struggling to get covered by insurance plans
As Alberta moves forward on retail applications for recreational
marijuana, those who use the drug for medical reasons still wait for
Most forms of medical cannabis do not have a Drug Identification
Number (DIN) in Canada, which leaves it subject to tax and exempts it
from most health coverage plans.
"We're not talking about drug users using this to get high, we're
talking about patients that need it to be able to function and be part
of a working society," said Scott Bladon, an Edmonton man who has
legally used cannabis for three years to treat psoriatic arthritis.
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Calgarians are demonstrating strong common sense when it comes to
offering advice on how marijuana should be regulated. The drug will be
legalized by the federal government on July 1, but it's been left to
cities to determine where pot smoking will be permitted. A survey
prepared for the city by Environics Research finds that approximately
55 per cent of Calgarians believe marijuana consumption should be
treated more like alcohol, rather than regarded as a product similar
Such a conclusion is prudent and would mean that pot couldn't be
smoked in public, just as imbibers can't drink beer and other alcohol
in public. It's difficult to imagine people walking down the street
with a glass of wine in their hand - it's equally troublesome to
picture a group of Calgarians sharing a joint as they meander down the
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The Notley government rolled out more of its marijuana retail
regulations on Friday and, we must say, they continue to stay ahead of
The only way this year's legalization of bud is going to work is if
obtaining legit weed is reasonably close in convenience and price to
buying the illegal stuff. The Alberta NDP government seems to be
making a reasonable stab at doing just that.
When you can walk into just about any bar in the province and in a few
minutes pick up a couple of joints at a reasonable price, it won't
automatically be easy for legal retailers to compete.n Users might
have to drive further and pay more for the straight stuff.
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Panel warned of supply problems, tight margins
A Vancouver cannabis retailer whose company plans to open 10 Alberta
stores this year says anyone rushing into the field shouldn't expect
to find a pot of gold.
"People definitely see it as a potentially very profitable business,
or cash cow. It's not," Andrew Gordon, director of operations for Aura
Cannabis, said Friday following a panel discussion sponsored by the
Leduc Regional Chamber of Commerce.
"The margins are very similar to other retailers
There's (also) a
potential of real shortages facing our business right out the gate in
the first 18 months. We have seen that in jurisdictions down south."
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Alberta could be the site of 250 cannabis stores in the first year of
legalization, with retailers able to offer discount prices on bud and
marijuana oil, provincial officials said Friday.
No one business or person will be able to own more than 15 per cent of
the locations, or a maximum of 37 stores, the government said, and the
outlets must be located no closer than 100 metres from schools and
"This is a brand new market and we want to ensure everyone can
participate, from the very small to the very large entities," said
Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley, adding there's no shortage
of prospective retailers.
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A new medical guideline suggests family doctors should think twice
before prescribing medical marijuana to their patients.
The Simplified Guideline for Prescribing Medical Cannabinoids in
Primary Care, published Thursday in the medical journal Canadian
Family Physician, says there is limited evidence to support the
reported benefits of medical marijuana for many conditions.
It adds that any benefit could be balanced, or even outweighed, by the
"While enthusiasm for medical marijuana is very strong among some
people, good, quality research has not caught up," project leader Mike
Allan, director of evidence-based medicine at the University of
Alberta, said in a news release.
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Survey suggests renters more likely to smoke marijuana
An advocacy group for renters say a city survey is needlessly pitting
homeowners and landlords against a vulnerable community.
This week, the City of Calgary put out their citizen cannabis survey,
which included data about how Calgarians feel about impending
legalization along with some pointed policy questions to help the city
as they draft new rules for weed.
The survey found that renters are more likely to currently smoke
marijuana at 32 per cent when compared to 12 per cent homeowners
reporting they currently puff. When it comes to home growing, the city
found that of those who were likely to grow marijuana plants inside
their home 68 per cent of those were living in rented town homes or
apartments. In Calgary particularly, the term renter has become a
dirty word - especially when it comes to the politics of putting in
secondary suites. The divisive term is often in the middle of council
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Public awareness of possible harm from marijuana use will be part of a
public campaign in the coming days as July approaches when the federal
government will legalize the use of the drug.
"We will have a public education campaign around the legalization of
cannabis," a spokesperson for the Alberta Cannabis Secretariat said in
an email. "However, the details of public education coming from the
federal government have not yet been finalized."
Federal government details are necessary first in order to ensure
there are no duplicated efforts at the provincial level.
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Alberta outlines specifics on cannabis sales
Alberta expects to issue 250 licences for cannabis stores this year,
and says anyone who wants to run a weed shop will first undergo an
exhaustive check ranging from tax records to mob ties. "We believe
that our regulations will strike the right balance," Justice Minister
Kathleen Ganley said Friday in Calgary as she unveiled the new
regulations for marijuana distribution.
"The system that we are putting in place in Alberta will create an
environment in which retailers can legally sell cannabis and provide
access to safe products while keeping the health and safety of
Albertans in mind."
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I just spent the morning reading Bill C-45, the new cannabis law. I
discovered under the section for possession, it states that a youth
(12 to 18) who possesses more than five grams of dried marijuana will
be charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act but does not mention
anything about amounts under five grams or under age 12.
Given all the science-based facts on the effect of cannabis on
developing brains I find this to be a very careless section. The
argument concerning ruining a young person's life with a record is
made moot since the offence is dealt with under the Youth Criminal
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In regards to legalization of marijuana, I think that we should take a
similar approach to Amsterdam in the sense that it is frowned upon to
smoke in public but there are designated 'coffee shops' where smoking
is allowed and encouraged I feel like many small businesses could
profit from becoming a 'smoke bar,' similar to some of the hookah bars
around town and that will keep people out of the busy streets and away
from vulnerable people, children, disabled, etc.
(Plenty of people are against anyone smoking up in public spaces.)
Only 32 per cent of respondents favour restrictions like those on
It's not like tobacco and those who want to treat it like tobacco are
probably the ones who want to smoke it anywhere.
More than half of Calgarians believe the way public consumption of
cannabis is regulated and enforced should more closely resemble
controls on drinking alcohol than those on smoking tobacco.
That's according to the city's Cannabis Research Combined Study,
prepared by Environics Research and released Friday.
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Following the death of her son Conner in 2013, Yvonne Clark has been
sharing her story with students and parents across the region.
In presentations to young people ranging from Grade 6 to Grade 12,
Clark talks about her family's experience, about the dangers of
fentanyl, and about the growing number of Albertans who have died of
What she hopes to include soon as part of that presentation is a
series of images that will put a face to the fentanyl statistics.
Clark is appealing to other Albertans who have lost a loved one to an
opioid overdose to send her a photo of the victim, with the aim of
educating young people across the province about the crisis.
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Group to ask about opioid crisis at town hall
Edmontonians will line up at MacEwan University on Thursday in hopes
of getting face time with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Moms Stop the Harm, a group of parents who have lost children to drug
overdoses, plans to have 10 to 15 members at the town hall to
challenge the PM on the opioid crisis.
"It's very upsetting for us how silent he has been on this issue,"
said group member Petra Schulz. "There are thousands of Canadian
families like ours that are mourning the loss of a loved one, and the
prime minister has not even spoken on the issue in the house."
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Edmonton is giving more naloxone kits to those who need them, but much
more work is required on the underlying drivers of the fentanyl and
That was the message left with city council after their quarterly
Dr. Chris Sikora, Alberta Health Services' medical officer of health,
Edmonton zone, said childhood trauma and social factors such as
poverty and a lack of housing leave people susceptible to addiction.
With fentanyl, those addictions are taking an even more tragic turn.
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