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1CN BC: Courtenay Mayor Gets Death Threats After Police Shut Pot ShopFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:DeRosa, Katie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/11/2017

Courtenay's mayor has received death threats from people upset that the RCMP shut down the community's first cannabis dispensary.

Mayor Larry Jangula said someone posted online comments threatening to shoot him after inaccurate information that he had directed Comox Valley RCMP to raid Leaf Compassion dispensary on Wednesday circulated on social media.

"It's been a very upsetting day," Jangula said.

He said he has been threatened during his 27-year policing career, but never in his role as mayor.

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2 CN BC: Westside Pot Shops Could Be Shut DownTue, 10 Oct 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Seymour, Ron Area:British Columbia Lines:81 Added:10/10/2017

City council today expected to rescind business licences for 2 marijuana dispensaries

The owners of two West Kelowna pot shops today face the revocation of their business licence and subsequent closure.

City council is expected to rescind licences for Black Crow Herbals and The Healing Company, a move staff say would force the businesses to close.

"(T)he licence holder has engaged in the illegal dispensing of cannabis, which is in contravention of the Criminal Code of Canada or the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act," reads the identical wording in two separate staff reports to be considered at today's council meeting.

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3CN BC: Pot Production Could Edge Out Vegetable CropsSun, 08 Oct 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Lazaruk, Susan Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/08/2017

Growers swapping produce for marijuana

A large-scale multinational Delta vegetable producer is swapping out its tomato plants for pot plants in a 1.1-million-square-foot greenhouse because it says it can make more than 10 times the money.

Greenhouses operated by Village Farms International in Delta: If various levels of government allow it, the facilities here will be converted into marijuana growing greenhouses. JASON PAYNE/ PNG

Village Farms International also has plans to expand five times that scale, resulting in a warning from Delta Mayor Lois Jackson about the future of farms on Agricultural Land Reserve.

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4 CN BC: Expert Calls For Drug DecriminalizationThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:106 Added:10/06/2017

VANCOUVER - Canada's political leaders must take bold action by joining forces to decriminalize illicit drugs and save lives in the midst of an unprecedented overdose crisis, a leading drug-policy expert says.

Donald MacPherson of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's stance on legalizing marijuana to protect youth and stop the flow of profits to organized crime must also apply to drugs that have killed thousands of Canadians.

"That's very sad that he can't see the logic that he's using so loudly on cannabis to shift that logic to a far more serious problem," MacPherson said Wednesday.

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5 CN BC: Decriminalize Drugs To Fight Overdoses: ExpertThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:87 Added:10/06/2017

VANCOUVER - Canada's political leaders must take bold action by joining forces to decriminalize illicit drugs and save lives in the midst of an unprecedented overdose crisis, a leading drug-policy expert says.

Donald MacPherson of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's stance on legalizing marijuana to protect youth and stop the flow of profits to organized crime must also apply to drugs that have killed thousands of Canadians.

"That's very sad that he can't see the logic that he's using so loudly on cannabis to shift that logic to a far more serious problem," MacPherson said Wednesday.

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6 CN BC: Column: On Marijuana, Let The Provinces Keep The CashThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Slivinski, Ada Area:British Columbia Lines:67 Added:10/06/2017

The federal government plans to legalize marijuana this summer and they say they want their fair share of tax revenue.

A dollar tax on anything up to $10 - and a 10% tax on anything above that amount - to be split 50/50 between the federal and provincial governments. But wait, Trudeau says, it's not about the money.

"Nobody's mindset on this approach is about bringing in tax revenue on this. The mindset with which we have approached the legalization and control of marijuana from the very beginning has been from public health and safety standpoint," Trudeau said during a press conference flanked by premiers at the first ministers meeting in Ottawa this week. What they want to do is, "Remove the black market from accessing the billions of dollars of profit that they do every year off of this."

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7CN BC: Province Adds $31 Million To The Opioid FightSun, 01 Oct 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Karstens-Smith, Gemma Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

People on the front lines of British Columbia's opioid overdose crisis are applauding the government's announcement of more funding in an attempt to stem the death toll.

Premier John Horgan announced Friday the province will spend more than $31 million over the next three years to increase access to treatment programs, offer more free kits of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone, help front-line workers and empower communities to keep people safe.

Speaking to a crowd of politicians at the Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention, Horgan noted 876 people died in the province between January and July of this year.

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8CN BC: Column: California Has Blazed Retail Pot Trail For B.C.Mon, 02 Oct 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

B.C. should follow California's lead as it transitions to a legal cannabis environment and authorizes retail marijuana sales next July.

Both jurisdictions are pot-culture capitals and are dealing with too-tight deadlines and too many nuanced problems to properly meet expectations.

California state voters in 2016 endorsed Proposition 64, which approved legal cannabis with retail pot sales starting Jan. 1, 2018.

As of November, adults over 21 could possess (and give each other) up to 28 grams, as well as seven grams of hash, and they can grow up to six plants.

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9 CN BC: Nelson Receives Provincial Recognition For CannabisFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:Johnson, Will Area:British Columbia Lines:142 Added:10/06/2017

Mayor Deb Kozak reflects on Union of BC Municipalities conference

For a small city like Nelson, it's been a gargantuan task to introduce regulations to two burgeoning industries: cannabis and short-term rentals. But following a hectic week at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) conference in Vancouver, Mayor Deb Kozak is feeling buoyed by the provincial attention they've garnered for their work.

"Nelson is always seen to be on the leading edge of things," Kozak told the Star, upon her return.

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10 CN BC: Column: Pot Laws A Challenge For GovernmentSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Knox, Jack Area:British Columbia Lines:93 Added:10/05/2017

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

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

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

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

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11 CN BC: Dispensary Denied In PQThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Parksville Qualicum Beach News (CN BC) Author:Collins, Lauren Area:British Columbia Lines:79 Added:10/05/2017

Residents speak of need for local marijuana shop

For some Qualicum Beach residents, medical marijuana is part of their everyday lives. But they will still have to go out of town for remedies for their ailments.

At Monday's (Oct. 2) regular council meeting a motion to issue a temporary-use permit for a medical marijuana dispensary on Fir Street failed. Only councillors Bill Luchtmeijer and Neil Horner voted in favour of issuing the temporary-use permit.

While discussing the permit later in the meeting, Luchtmeijer said Qualicum Beach is probably a very appropriate place for a medical marijuana dispensary.

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12CN BC: B.C. Seeks Public Opinion On Upcoming Cannabis RegulationTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Saltman, Jennifer Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/29/2017

The federal decision to legalize is going to have a significant impact on the country, provinces and local governments.

The provincial government has given itself just over five weeks to gather input from municipalities, the public and other stakeholders about non-medical cannabis regulation in B.C.

It's an ambitious deadline, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth conceded on Monday during the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) conference in Vancouver as he announced the province's plans for public consultations.

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13 CN BC: PUB LTE: Cannabis And EducationFri, 29 Sep 2017
Source:Coast Reporter (CN BC) Author:Renaud, Judith Area:British Columbia Lines:57 Added:09/29/2017

Editor:

Re: Bill Good's "Emery pot bust makes no sense," Sept. 22.

Instead of continuing to waste money on the failed War on Drugs, we should end drug prohibition and spend the money we save on making all schools safe places to learn.

I have recently returned from Ottawa after being invited to testify as an expert witness to the Standing Committee on Health regarding Cannabis Act C-45 in the House of Commons on Sept. 13. The topic of the panel was Legal Age for Possession and Cannabis Youth Use.

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14CN BC: Editorial: Too Soon For Pot?Fri, 29 Sep 2017
Source:Tri-City News (Port Coquitlam, CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/29/2017

Ontario has already decided how it will distribute recreational marijuana once it's legal next summer. But many other provinces are in differing stages of identifying how this shift in federal drug policies and policing will be handled.

In B.C., consultation started Monday - with a reportedly swift and massive response - while municipalities are wondering how they will manage this change, especially in the area of zoning, policing and managing costs. Others wonder how potent the pot strains will be and if there will even be enough supply to meet demand.

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15 CN BC: Editorial: Need Time To AdaptFri, 29 Sep 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:92 Added:09/29/2017

The B.C. government is making time to listen as it plans new marijuana regulations, even though the listening will leave only a few months to finish crafting the rules for the coming new era of legal pot. Mike Farnworth, minister of public safety and solicitor general, said this week that the public consultation will be finished by Nov. 1. The government will have to finish writing rules and regulations by next summer.

The federal government introduced legislation in April that would legalize recreational marijuana by July 1, 2018, but is leaving it up to each province to determine its own distribution system and usage regulations.

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16 CN BC: Editorial: Clock Ticking On New Pot LawsFri, 29 Sep 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:92 Added:09/29/2017

The B.C. government is making time to listen as it plans new marijuana regulations, even though the listening will leave only a few months to finish crafting the rules for the coming new era of legal pot.

Mike Farnworth, minister of public safety and solicitor general, said this week that the public consultation will be finished by Nov. 1. The government will have to finish writing rules and regulations by next summer.

The federal government introduced legislation in April that would legalize recreational marijuana by July 1, 2018, but is leaving it up to each province to determine its own distribution system and usage regulations.

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17 CN BC: Manager Of Thriving Marijuana Store Faces ChargesFri, 29 Sep 2017
Source:Williams Lake Tribune, The (CN BC) Author:Lamb-Yorski, Monica Area:British Columbia Lines:93 Added:09/29/2017

Six months after seizing a quantity of marijuana, Williams Lake RCMP announced Tuesday charges have been approved against the manager and a former employee of Mary Jane's Glass and Gifts.

Mary Jane's, which is located on Oliver Street in downtown Williams Lake, was stripped of its inventory in April following a search and seizure by police.

Mark Cowan faces one charge of trafficking a controlled substance contrary to section 5(1) of the Canadian Drug and Substance Act (CDSA) and one of possession for the purpose of trafficking contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA.

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18 CN BC: Mayor Doesn't Want Delta To Become Pot Growing Capital OfFri, 29 Sep 2017
Source:Delta Optimist (CN BC) Author:Gyarmati, Sandor Area:British Columbia Lines:96 Added:09/29/2017

Lois Jackson says municipal hall is receiving five to 10 inquiries a day as legalization date less than a year off

There are a lot of questions that need answering before recreational marijuana is legalized, says Mayor Lois Jackson.

There are a lot of questions that need answering before recreational marijuana is legalized, says Mayor Lois Jackson, who's troubled Delta could become the pot growing capital of Canada.

Jackson is attending the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Vancouver this week where members on Wednesday endorsed a resolution asking for cities to have meaningful consultation on legalizing pot.

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

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

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

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

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20CN BC: Column: NDP Seem In No Hurry To Draft Provincial MarijuanaTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/28/2017

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

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

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

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21CN BC: Column: When It Comes To Pot Sales, Chill Out And Get It RightTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Knox, Jack Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/28/2017

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

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

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

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

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22 CN BC: Kelowna Wants Cut Of Profits From PotTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:99 Added:09/28/2017

Mayor says share of taxes from sale of legal marijuana should go to municipalities to cover extra policing costs

Municipalities should get a share of tax revenue collected by the provincial government when marijuana becomes legal, says Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran.

"We want to make sure we get our cut of the profits," Basran said Monday from the Union of B.C. Municipalities conference in Vancouver.

If the government ultimately chooses to allow private stores to sell pot next year, additional policing costs are likely to arise to ensure such operations abide by all relevant rules and regulations, Basran said.

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23 CN BC: Cannabis Sales Could Vary Between Cities, Public SafetyTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Dhillon, Sunny Area:British Columbia Lines:106 Added:09/28/2017

The B.C. government has launched a five-week consultation process around the legalization of marijuana and says the way the drug is purchased could differ from city to city.

The minister in charge of the file told a news conference Monday that Vancouverites might prefer to continue buying marijuana through dispensaries, while other communities opt for something else.

"One size does not fit all," B.C. Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth told reporters.

The federal government has committed to legalizing the recreational use of marijuana by July.

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24CN BC: No Single Model For Retail Pot Sales In B.C.: FarnworthTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Smart, Amy Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/28/2017

Recreational pot could be sold at dispensaries in one city and corner stores in another when it becomes legal next summer.

Mike Farnworth, minister of public safety and solicitor general, said the province is embarking on public consultation for non-medicinal marijuana regulation, but doesn't expect to force a retail model on local governments.

"I think it's important that local government is not only heard and at the table, but there's an understanding that one size does not fit all," Farnworth said.

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25CN BC: Assessing 'A Critical Issue'Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Saltman, Jennifer Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/28/2017

Public engagement on cannabis legalization coming in B.C.

The provincial government has given itself just over five weeks to gather input from municipalities, the public and other stakeholders about non-medical cannabis regulation in B.C.

It's an ambitious deadline, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth conceded on Monday during the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) conference in Vancouver as he announced the province's plans for public consultations.

The goal is to collect feedback in time to draft legislation for the spring legislative session and be ready when the federal government legalizes marijuana next July.

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26CN BC: Editorial: Clock Is Ticking On New Pot LawsThu, 28 Sep 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/28/2017

The B.C. government is making time to listen as it plans new marijuana regulations, even though the listening will leave only a few months to finish crafting the rules for the coming new era of legal pot. Mike Farnworth, minister of public safety and solicitor general, said this week that the public consultation will be finished by Nov. 1. The government will have to finish writing rules and regulations by next summer.

The federal government introduced legislation in April that would legalize recreational marijuana by July 1, 2018, but is leaving it up to each province to determine its own distribution system and usage regulations.

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27 CN BC: Municipalities Seek Insight From NDPMon, 25 Sep 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Bula, Frances Area:British Columbia Lines:105 Added:09/27/2017

Councillors and mayors will have first chance to suss out party's stand on issues such as marijuana legalization at annual convention

B. C.'s mayors and councillors are pouring into Vancouver this week with one main goal at their annual convention - to get a handle on what changes the new NDP government will be bringing them.

The more than 1,800 attendees - a higher than usual number - are looking for signs of what Premier John Horgan's team will do about the impending explosion of retail marijuana, housing and mental health, drug and overdose issues, say councillors on the executive of the Union of B.C. Municipalities.

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28 CN BC: PUB LTE: We Don't Need Any More Delays To Gov't Efforts ToFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Delta Optimist (CN BC) Author:Yao, Victor Area:British Columbia Lines:29 Added:09/27/2017

Editor:

Re: Police want date pushed back on legalizing pot, Sept. 20

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police insists it needs more time to adapt to cannabis legislation. Well, too bad for the chiefs.

The Liberals have been in power for close to two years, medicinal cannabis has been around for even longer and models from other jurisdictions (Holland, Portugal, etc.) have long matured.

More delays mean more otherwise unnecessary criminalization, imprisonment and benefits for violent gangs. Legalization is long overdue and prohibition's time is up.

Victor Yao

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29 CN BC: LTE: Youth At Risk With Liberal Plan To Legalize PotFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Delta Optimist (CN BC) Author:Munro, A. T. Area:British Columbia Lines:65 Added:09/27/2017

Editor:

There is no doubt in my mind that the proposal by the prime minister to legalize marijuana has not been well thought out, especially with the devastating drug problems we are now facing.

The effect of narcotics on the development of the brain has been well researched. Scientific studies have proven that mental disorders, schizophrenia, suicides, etc. are much higher among those who take these drugs than those who do not.

Postnatal brain development occurs over a long period that lasts into adolescence and some say into the 20s. Our youth are at risk. We certainly do not need more soft drugs on the street that are available to an impressionable age group trying to cope with their own stresses at school, at home, on the street, etc.

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30CN BC: Haze Over Pot Shops Drifts Into CourtsFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:DeRosa, Katie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/27/2017

Victoria, Langford battle dispensaries amid uncertainty over legalization plans

Court battles are brewing in B.C. municipalities over cannabis dispensaries amid a hazy regulatory landscape.

The City of Victoria, the only municipality in Greater Victoria to regulate cannabis businesses, is facing a lawsuit by one business fighting to stay open and is taking another business to court to shut it down.

The City of Langford's hard line against pot shops played out in B.C. Supreme Court on Tuesday, with the municipality successfully keeping a dispensary shuttered.

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31 CN BC: Pot Legalization Will Bring Hiring BoomFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:British Columbia Lines:75 Added:09/27/2017

Attendees given a taste of what kind of work is possible as marijuana moves into mainstream

On Thursday morning, Marco Cacchione put on a black button-up shirt, combed his hair, and walked down Robson Street to a job fair, hoping to snag a gig in an industry that is quickly emerging from the underground.

After a decade as a line cook, currently at one of Vancouver's casual fine-dining chains, the 28-year-old said he is ready to make the leap into cannabis, which is expected to be legalized next July. The industry will require thousands of workers to meet the likely demand.

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32 CN BC: LTE: Chiefs Have Right To Be ConcernedWed, 27 Sep 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:British Columbia Lines:48 Added:09/27/2017

Re: "Chiefs on high alert as pot legalization looms," Sept. 26.

With no simply roadside test for impairment by pot inhalation available and a certainty of more impaired drivers on our highways leading to more road deaths, police chiefs have every right to be concerned. Then we have to factor in the idea that, in Ontario, everyone can grow four marijuana plants, have no more than 30 ounces on their person, only smoke the drug in their residence and that nobody under 19 can legally possess pot. This means from a policing perspective, enforcement is much more complicated than when the drug was illegal. Then with its resources already stretched, the police will have to investigate the illicit distribution of pot by organized crime, which will become involved just as it has in Colorado and Washington states. Liberal politicians simply refuse to accept that organized crime will be a major problem once pot become legal, no matter what they sell the drug for!

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33 CN BC: Province Seeks Input On Pot RegulationsWed, 27 Sep 2017
Source:North Shore News (CN BC) Author:Seyd, Jane Area:British Columbia Lines:93 Added:09/27/2017

Pot shops that have opened in North Vancouver are hoping to stay when the province creates regulations about how marijuana should be sold when it's legalized next year.

"Obviously we're hoping we'll still play a part in the whole thing. It sounds like there's room," said Michael Wuest, owner of the Weeds store at 991 Marine Dr. Wuest's was the first storefront to open up on the North Shore, in April 2015.

Six storefront "dispensaries" currently operate in North Vancouver, five of those within city boundaries.

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34 CN BC: Column: You Don't Have To Use Pot For It To Create SomeWed, 27 Sep 2017
Source:Delta Optimist (CN BC) Author:Sherwin, Brad Area:British Columbia Lines:81 Added:09/27/2017

Over the past few weeks, the talk has really started to ramp up on one topic in Canada. It's not hurricanes, earthquakes and a war of (hopefully just) words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un - all very serious, global problems. Not in Canada, dude, we're talking about pot.

As if we need any help with our reputation as the growers of ganja. B.C. has long been seen as a premier supplier of the best pot in the world, even when it was illegal to grow.

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35 CN BC: Marijuana Producers' Co-Op Awaits Direction From OttawaThu, 21 Sep 2017
Source:Valley Voice, The (CN BC) Author:Joyce, Art Area:British Columbia Lines:106 Added:09/26/2017

The Kootenay Outdoor Producers' Co-op, a local coalition formed to create the first legal marijuana production operation in the West Kootenay, has elected its first board. The inaugural meeting for the co-op was held at Taghum Hall May 16 with a standing-room only audience. But president Todd Veri says there remain many uncertainties as Ottawa and the provinces drag their feet on finalizing legislation.

"We have been patiently waiting for some word or direction on the upcoming regulations from government and how they will apply to our business plan," says Veri. "Unfortunately, no information has been forthcoming. Will it be - as we initially feared - that preference is once more going to be given to large corporate weed factories?"

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36 CN BC: Marijuana Wellness Centre Granted Business LicenceWed, 20 Sep 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Nielsen, Mark Area:British Columbia Lines:61 Added:09/23/2017

What police have called an "illegal storefront business" continues to operate but minus a key aspect.

The City of Prince George granted WeeMedical a business licence on Sept. 13, two days after the chain agreed with a court order prohibiting it from dispensing marijuana.

The Third Avenue downtown store was the subject of an RCMP raid in early August.

Police seized a "considerable amount" of marijuana and cannabis-infused food as well as other items in support of charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Two people were also arrested and later released on promises to appear in court on Oct. 11.

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37CN BC: B.C. Municipalities To Push For Greater Role On CannabisWed, 20 Sep 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/23/2017

B.C. municipalities intend to debate next week how to press the provincial government to include them in its plans for cannabis as federal legalization approaches.

The Union of B.C. Municipalities will vote on a special resolution at its annual convention next Wednesday.

The resolution, which addresses their role in a provincial cannabis framework ahead of federal legalization expected next July, was put forth by the union's executive.

It calls for "fulsome and meaningful" consultation with Victoria, adequate provincial funding to cover costs related to implementing its framework, a fair share of taxes for cities and respect for municipalities' "choice, jurisdiction and authority" with regards to land use, zoning and other city hall concerns.

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38 CN BC: Column: An Update On Nelson's Short Term Rental And CannabisWed, 20 Sep 2017
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:Kozak, Deb Area:British Columbia Lines:122 Added:09/23/2017

With one year left in this term, council recently took the opportunity to reflect, refresh, and reset strategic priorities that were established at the beginning of our term. The pace we keep leaves little time for reflection and this was an important day. A portion of the day was spent discussing change: what was anticipated, what was not, and how council responded to emerging issues.

Council regulates. What this means is that council sets the framework on a number of issues for community through bylaws. Bylaws are constructed with the unique needs of community in mind. When council considers adopting new bylaws, it is done with the goal of developing balance between diverse community values and opinions.

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39 CN BC: Column: Emery Pot Bust Makes No SenseFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Coast Reporter (CN BC) Author:Good, Bill Area:British Columbia Lines:73 Added:09/22/2017

Marc and Jodie Emery are in trouble with the law again. Toronto police arrested them recently at Pearson International Airport on their way to Spain. Ten years ago I would have said, "Tough luck, you broke the law." The so-called Prince of Pot made a name for himself defying the law and thumbing his nose at authorities in his single-minded attempt to make marijuana acceptable, and legal.

His arrogance cost him four years in U.S. prisons, but he did his time and returned to Canada determined to continue his crusade along with his wife Jodie.

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40 CN BC: Column: Opioid Crisis Deserves More Attention Than Pot PlansThu, 21 Sep 2017
Source:Vancouver Courier (CN BC) Author:Garr, Allen Area:British Columbia Lines:100 Added:09/21/2017

Nothing seems to have the cops and local and provincial politicians scrambling more these days than their attempts to get ahead of the federal government's plans to make marijuana legal by next summer.

But that should hardly be too much of distraction to allow the toker in the Prime Minister's office, the cute and clever Justin Trudeau, off the hook when it comes to effectively dealing with a more immediately critical drug issue, the opioid crisis.

Yet is seems to have.

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41 CN BC: OPED: Provincial Governments Bear Burden Of LegalizedTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Bird, Malcolm Area:British Columbia Lines:112 Added:09/20/2017

While Trudeau gov't will look progressive, the provinces will do the heavy lifting

The federal government is set on legalizing marijuana by summer 2018. While they will enjoy the political payoff of appearing progressive, all the problems and the logistics of legalizing pot will fall on the shoulders of the provincial governments.

There are strong correlations between how a drug or an indulgence, such as gambling, is made available to the public and the propensity for individuals to indulge in it, and the negative health and social outcomes associated with its use.

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42 CN BC: PUB LTE: Police Chiefs Should Simply Enforce The LawSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Magee, Jeff Area:British Columbia Lines:42 Added:09/19/2017

Re: "Postpone legal pot, police exhort feds," Sept. 13.

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police seem to see their role as being an obstruction to the implementation of public policy. To this end, they want a delay of at least six months in the legalization of marijuana. They say this is necessary in order to train officers and certify more officers to conduct roadside tests.

Their overriding concern with the legalization of marijuana is a dramatic increase in the number of people driving stoned. Let me assure them this will not happen. They can sleep peacefully, without the fear that hordes of stoned zombies are suddenly going to be driving amok on our streets. Nothing is going to change. The simple fact is, people have been getting high for 50 years. The reason marijuana is being legalized is because almost everyone already uses it.

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43CN BC: Column Dope Shops Are Going The Way Of The DodoFri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

Cannabis dispensaries should be afraid, very afraid, about what is in store when the federal government legalizes cannabis for recreational use.

Justice ministers are meeting in Vancouver and the House of Commons health committee this week has been examining the legalization law - and the clock is ticking for those trying to cash in on the current chaos.

There are widespread concerns about everything from the massive impact of legal cannabis on impaired driving enforcement to the fallout of allowing anyone over 18 to grow up to four pot plants.

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44CN BC: Pot Regulation Picture Hazy For Time BeingSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

Federal minister, provincial counterparts meet to establish common ground on issues

After two days of meetings in Vancouver, the nation's justice and public safety ministers were vague and hazy Friday about what the looming legalization of cannabis will actually look like.

The ministers said they had a "robust" discussion about the weed, but seemed to agree only that many challenges remained - not the least of which was meeting what was called an "ambitious" July 1 deadline for ending the near-century-old pot prohibition.

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45CN BC: Pot Sales: 'All Options On Table'Fri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Kines, Lindsay Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

The B.C. government plans to consult with police, local governments and the public before deciding how to sell and distribute recreational marijuana once the federal government legalizes pot next summer.

Solicitor General Mike Farnworth told reporters Thursday that "all options are on the table," including selling marijuana through government liquor stores. "We have not made any decisions about that," he said.

Farnworth said the government intends to gather suggestions on ways to sell and distribute marijuana, as well as on the appropriate age limit for purchasing it.

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46CN BC: B.C. Undecided On Rules For Legal MarijuanaFri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Shaw, Rob Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

Provinces still looking for more direction from federal government

B.C.'s top cop says the province remains undecided on how it will tax, distribute and regulate the use of marijuana once the federal government legalizes it next summer.

Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said he hopes to hear more ideas from his provincial and federal counterparts Friday as they continue a meeting in Vancouver. Ottawa intends to legalize pot within 10 months, forcing the provinces to develop their own rules.

"It's certainly a challenging deadline, not just for British Columbia but all provinces, and I think both ministers and premiers have been saying that to the federal government," Farnworth said Thursday. "We know it is a challenge in B.C., but one we're working toward."

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47CN BC: Mom And Pop Pot Shops On EdgeFri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

Cannabis retailers waiting to learn fate

Like a vignette of small-town life, a laid-back shopkeeper sits at a yellow table beside the unlocked bicycle leaning against the storefront, smiles, puts down his coffee mug and greets a customer by name.

"Hey Fred, how ya doing?" Jeremy Jacob said to his visitor Thursday, welcoming his old friend into the shop.

Jacob and his wife Andrea Dobbs run a family business in Kitsilano, a bright, airy space where a loud waterfall rushes outside, dozens of cannabis products line the shelves inside, and a Pomeranian named Lego lounges on the ground.

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48 CN BC: Singh Vows To Decriminalize Petty Drug Charges At NDP DebateTue, 12 Sep 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:118 Added:09/14/2017

A federal New Democratic leadership hopeful has pledged to make it party policy to decriminalize petty drug possession if he is elected leader, supporting calls by an increasing number of health officials who say it would help lift the stigma around addiction.

Jagmeet Singh made his pledge on Sunday at an NDP leadership debate in Vancouver, a city that had recorded nearly 250 suspected overdose deaths by the end of August. Across British Columbia, 876 people died of illicit-drug overdoses from January through July of this year.

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49 CN BC: Schools Mull Use Of Overdose Treatment KitsTue, 12 Sep 2017
Source:Whistler Question (CN BC) Author:Chua, Steven Area:British Columbia Lines:73 Added:09/13/2017

The provincial health officer is asking B.C. schools to consider buying naloxone

The provincial health officer is recommending B.C. schools - including those in Sea to Sky area - obtain the tools to deal with opioid overdoses.

A letter sent to superintendents across B.C. said that while schools aren't considered high-risk environments, they are advised to have naloxone kits and train staff to use them.

This advisory comes in the midst of what provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall has called a "public health emergency" - the use of fentanyl has been blamed for a sharp increase in the amount of deaths from drug overdoses.

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50CN BC: B.C. Pot Advocate Predicts Troubles For Ontario's PlanSun, 10 Sep 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Ip, Stephanie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/13/2017

Ontario's plan to sell marijuana from government-operated stores would never fly in B.C., a local pot advocate says.

Vancouver's Dana Larsen suggests a provincial government store could never compete with established and independent dispensaries in offering the same variety of products that consumers seek - such as different strains and edibles - and that the Ontario government won't be able to open shops fast enough to keep pace with demand.

"Police raids aside, I don't think this model of legalization competes at all with what current dispensaries can offer," he told Postmedia from Toronto, where he was attending the Karma Cup cannabis competition and festival on Saturday.

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