Excuse me! As a 64-year-old registered nurse from an RCMP family, if a
Canadian citizen is considered old enough to legally put their lives
on the line to sign up for military service at the age of 18, then
they are plenty mature enough to decide whether or not to consume
commonly used drugs such as alcohol or marijuana.
To legislators: quit being so hypocritically nanny state and,
realistically, get with the program!
Port Alberni, B.C.
While Brandon's political representatives encourage the delay of the
legalization of marijuana, local advocates of the plant are saying the
day couldn't come soon enough.
Picking up related paraphernalia at Growers N' Smokers on Friday,
veteran Michael Gibson said that his "disrespect" for Premier Brian
Pallister is "huge, right now."
This week, Pallister publicly requested that Prime Minister Justin
Trudeau delay legalization for an extra year beyond the proposed date
of July 1, 2018.
With too many questions that still need answering, we're just not
ready for legalization, Brandon East Progressive Conservative MLA Len
Isleifson said, sharing in some of Pallister's concerns about
marijuana, more accurately called cannabis.
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Health minister rebuffs calls to delay legalization
THE federal government will stick with its July 1, 2018, deadline for
marijuana legalization despite concerns from Premier Brian Pallister
and other premiers.
Health Minister Jane Philpott said in Winnipeg on Thursday that civil
servants across Canada are already preparing for legalization and
there will not be an extension, which was requested by Pallister.
He has been adamant Manitoba won't be ready to cover the health,
justice, safety, sale and production issues that need to be met by
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Health Canada says police officers can call them any time when it
comes to confirming whether citizens have legal authority to produce
and possess medicinal marijuana.
The department's ability to notify police of those who legitimately
possess cannabis for that purpose was recently criticized in a lawsuit
launched by a Brandon couple whose legal medical grow-op was
mistakenly raided by RCMP.
"Health Canada negligently administered a system of license retention
and issuance notification by failing to establish and maintain proper
protocols for notice to arresting authorities
as to the legitimacy
of licenses such as those held by persons such as the plaintiffs, and
the plaintiffs in particular," Jerry Pomehichuk and Brenda Wakefield
assert in their statement of claim.
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PREMIER Brian Pallister has shown great determination for tightening
Manitoba's belt. But he's had less success finding new revenue to
fatten the province's wallet.
For a premier who has unleashed a wide array of tough-love measures he
says are necessary to return Manitoba to fiscal stability, Mr.
Pallister has been surprisingly quiet about legalized marijuana as a
potentially rich source of new revenue.
At a meeting of premiers in Edmonton this week, Pallister repeated his
pitch for an extension of the federal government's July 1 deadline for
legalization, saying provinces need more time to deal with tricky
issues such as distribution, sales, a minimum age and drugged-driving
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Pallister says marijuana legalization makes province a
OTTAWA is forcing the provincial government to compete with street
gangs in the marijuana business next summer, Premier Brian Pallister
The federal mandate for provinces to be ready for legal retail
cannabis sales is July 1, 2018. That doesn't give Manitoba anywhere
near the amount of time it will take to control sales and prepare for
legal pot, he told reporters.
"There's no way we're going to supply the demand, except in part. It's
pretty clearly understood, we don't have enough pot to sell," he said,
outlining some of the issues he'll raise at next week's premiers
meeting in Edmonton.
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Manitoba's premier believes legal pot sellers will be forced to
compete with gangs and lack a sufficient supply of the drug to do so.
Premier Brian Pallister he expects the "unrealistic" federal timeline
that mandates pot sales be legalized by July 2018 will lead to direct
competition between legal and illegal sellers. He plans to lobby
fellow premiers at a first ministers meeting in Edmonton next week to
join his call to delay that date.
"There's no way that we're going to supply the demand, except in part.
So therefore, we're moving into a situation where we're going to
compete gradually with gang distribution marijuana. Right there, we're
not in a position to take over the market with legal cannabis
distribution systems because we don't have enough production," said
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THE Manitoba government will never have enough time to study and
prepare for the impending legalization of marijuana.
At least, that's how Canadian cannabis advocate and president of
Winnipeg 420's organizing committee, Steven Stairs, sees it.
Marijuana is already here, he said, and legalization won't change the
fact that for years people have been buying and selling it, smoking
and ingesting it.
"They're fostering the black market right now," Stairs said of the
government's slow response to legalization.
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Manitoba wants to know about your marijuana use as it prepares for
The Manitoba government plans to poll residents about their marijuana
consumption and what kind of rules they would like to see when
recreational pot is legalized next year.
The provincial liquor and gaming authority is looking for a company to
do 15-minute surveys of at least 1,200 Manitobans in the coming months
as it prepares for the new law.
"We don't have a great understanding about cannabis as a substance and
how people use it," said Kristianne Dechant, the authority's
communications and research manager.
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FOR the first time, naloxone kits will be available at the Winnipeg
Festival spokeswoman Kelly Romas said Thursday any of the event's 60
first-aid volunteers can administer the medication that reverses the
effect of an opioid overdose, which can slow down or stop a person's
More than 100 Manitobans die from overdose every year and opioids are
most often involved, says Street Connections, the Winnipeg-based
health agency that supports harm-reduction and provides health care to
people on the street.
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DRUG bust worth about a quarter of a million dollars has been tossed
out of court because city police violated the charter rights of two
men they detained and subjected to a warrantless search.
Court of Queen's Bench Justice Sheldon Lanchbery dismissed all drug
trafficking charges against Benjamin James White and Jaden Joshua
Omeasoo earlier this month, after he ruled officers violated their
rights every step of the way.
"We will never know how this incident may have evolved if those rights
had been provided," Lanchbery said in his decision. "The officers are
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It's that time of year again, when the reminder's needed on all sorts
of fronts. From water safety to fire safety to reminding folks that
drinking and driving and piloting an automobile under the influence of
drugs are terrible ideas.
Let's hope we don't get any graphic and tragic reminders that become
cautionary tales for all teens and their parents.
First, young and inexperienced drivers are hugely overrepresented in
crashes. Parents, talk to your kids about safe driving.
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Re: Province should control marijuana sales (June 19)
Do we need to own a permit to purchase alcohol annually? No. Is there
plain packaging for alcohol? No. Does the government only sell two
types of alcohol? No. Does the government track everyone who purchases
alcohol? No. Do we have a government task force to monitor who has
legal alcohol in their homes? No. Does the MLL sell any intoxicating
substances other than alcohol? No.
Did the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health determine alcohol is one
of the greatest public health threats in Canada in 2013? Yes. Alcohol
accounts for eight per cent of all deaths for people under 70 years old
currently and has a burden of $14.6 billion on our health-care and law
enforcement services, according to a 2013 study, Strategies to Reduce
Alcohol-Related Harms and Costs in Canada: A Comparison of Provincial
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SOME Manitobans might not like it, but at least this province now
knows where it stands with its request for an extension of the date
when marijuana will be legalized. There will be no extension. Ready or
not, Manitobans - like all Canadians - can legally light up on July 1,
Finance Minister Cameron Friesen spoke out this week after returning
from a two-day summit of his provincial and federal colleagues,
frustrated that his request for a deadline extension was denied by
federal finance minister Bill Morneau.
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THE Trudeau government is set on legalizing marijuana by the summer of
2018. While they will enjoy the political payoff of appearing
progressive on this matter, all of the associated problems and the
logistics of doing so will fall on the shoulders of the provincial
governments and their civic counterparts.
I suggest the Manitoba provincial government draw lessons from the
last time an illegal substance was legalized following Prohibition in
the late 1920s, as well as from the current public health efforts to
eliminate tobacco use in Canada as a means to guide their policy on
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Gives mom convicted of drug smuggling time to arrange child care ahead
of mandatory prison term
In a case that has raised questions about the effect of mandatory
minimum sentences, a Manitoba judge has taken pity on a woman he
convicted by agreeing to give her more freedom before he sends her to
In a likely unprecedented move, Justice Sheldon Lanchbery reserved his
decision and delayed the sentencing of 37-year-old Sandra Dignard by
about two months. That will allow the mother of four time to make
child-care arrangements before she is placed in custody. The judge
said he has no choice but to sentence Dignard to two years in prison
for drug trafficking, despite his belief she should not be locked up.
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WHEN marijuana is legalized in Canada, it should be sold in standalone
publicly operated stores, the head of the Manitoba Government and
General Employees Union (MGEU) says.
Michelle Gawronsky said the union believes that Manitoba Liquor &
Lotteries Corp. should be responsible for selling cannabis products,
but that marijuana not be marketed in booze stores.
"You don't want to be selling the two together. You want to be
socially responsible. That's the whole idea here," she said following
a public hearing on Bill 25, The Cannabis Harm Protection Act.
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In Larry Comeau's letter he quotes a report that marijuana related ER
visits in Colorado among kids have quadrupled since legalization.
Previously, marijuana possession and use was a felony. It might just
be the increase in visits to the ER since legalization has something
to do with users in Colorado no longer fearing prosecution if they
seek help while under the influence. Is it not possible that mental
illness issues in general are on the rise in young people unrelated to
marijuana use? It would certainly seem so according to many recent studies.
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Re: Marijuana related ER visits among kids quadruple at Colorado hospital.
With pot legalization to take place on July 1, 2018, this is a scary
report for parents. There really is no surprise to anyone following
reports from the U.K., U.S. Surgeon General and the Canadian Medical
Association all stating unequivocally that the youngest smoking pot
run a greatly enhanced risk of suffering psychosis and other mental
issues. Yet Trudeau is ignoring these studies, setting 18 as the age
to purchase pot. Legalization is all about his pleasing a certain
voting block and of course raking in billions in sales. This is the
most dangerous move by any Canadian government. Early on Colorado had
warned Trudeau that legalization is the easy part, everything
thereafter, including the entrance of organized crime, much more difficult.
(Parents have a role to play in this. Where government fails, parents
are responsible for their children's safety.)
Marijuana enthusiasts gather to celebrate annual holiday in haze of
THE rain may have thinned the crowds - and clouds of smoke - at the
Winnipeg 4/20 celebration Thursday, but cannabis supporters still kept
their spirits high and their joints lit.
People gathered together on the lawn and sidewalks outside of the
Manitoba legislature for the event held every April 20. More planning
went into this year's festivities than ever before, with vendors and
food trucks lining the street.
This year was a bit different than it has been in the past. Now that
the federal Liberal government has tabled a bill to make marijuana
legal by Canada Day in 2018, there is cause for celebration - and some
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JUSTICE Minister Heather Stefanson looked out her legislature building
window Thursday with dismay at how many young people were on the lawn
"It does disturb me how many young people were out there today,"
Stefanson told reporters.
She didn't go outside and she kept her window closed, Stefanson said
with a smile.
But Stefanson was all seriousness when she reiterated her fears that
federal legislation shows no signs of educating young people about the
dangers of marijuana, especially of driving after using pot.
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4/20 participants extol virtues of pot as drug that helps you
Leigh Filbert admits he lived the "rock-star lifestyle" in the past
and acknowledges now his body is paying for it.
Filbert suffered a stroke a little over a year ago that left the right
side of his body paralyzed. He suffers from anxiety he also contends
is paralyzing, emotionally.
Attending his first 4/20 rally, Filbert biked around the Legislature
grounds on Thursday "to gather constructive information" about the
cannabis movement as he continues on his road to recovery.
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The federal government's proposed bill for legalizing marijuana
expands police powers, sets new mandatory penalties for illegal
possession, and boosts prison sentences for lawbreakers. That all
sounds pretty tough.
But the legislation also downloads some difficult decision-making on
to provincial authorities, and from there on to municipalities and
local police. That part's going to be tougher.
For example: Where will legal cannabis be sold? The 130-page federal
bill leaves this crucial detail to the province. Will it be in your
local liquor store? At a corner store but hidden, like cigarettes?
From some other outlet? Mail order only? And how close to a school or
youth centre can sales take place? About all we know is you can't sell
cannabis from a vending machine.
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This time next year will be the last 4/20 - the unofficial cannabis
holiday known by its numeric calendar date - when possessing weed for
personal use will be a crime. Legalization is coming to Canada in the
summer of 2018.
So far, reactions to legalized cannabis have ranged from healthy
concern to outright fearmongering. Some people have claimed it will
lead the youth astray, make our roads less safe and harm our overall
Legalizing cannabis is not without risk. But legalization can also
address how risky our current approach, the so-called War On Drugs,
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With legalization on the horizon, today's 4/20 gathering will be a
For as long as anyone can remember, the annual 4/20 gathering at the
Manitoba legislature grounds was about protesting the country's harsh
marijuana laws. Police would be out in force to keep an eye on a
rag-tag group of stoners, rarely arresting anyone unless things got
out of hand.
This year's event, which begins at noon today, has a much more
celebratory tone since legislation is in the works to legalize the
recreational use of pot.
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Like clockwork, buds burn on April 20-but in light of the federal
government's marijuana legalization plans, the organizer of Winnipeg's
4/20 event says the tone has changed.
"For the longest time, cannabis-related events were
protests-especially 4/20-that had kind of hit a stalemate," said local
cannabis advocate Steven Stairs. "We show up once a year,
(authorities) let us do this, and we're probably showing up next year
because nothing's changing
"Well, this year things are actually changing."
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We cannot have a future pot policy that doesn't deal with criminalized
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has said that the new pot
legislation will not include any special amnesty for past
This is a mistake.
The government's proposed legislation follows a public health approach
of reducing harm and preventing problematic drug use. But the
legislation, which is slated to come into effect by July 1, 2018,
cannot just serve future drug users - and businesses, for that matter.
It should also serve the health and wellbeing of the young, racialized
men and women who are currently in court and in prison on drug charges.
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Jim Warren should have told us what age he figures is old enough to
join the army to kill and die for your country if he figures the
government should be protecting children from cannabis until they are
I figure if you're old enough to kill or die for your country, you're
old enough to engage in vices. Governments were never intended
to protect children from adult vices. It is the duty of parents to
instill ethics and morals in their children, not the state.
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Irony, hypocrisy and cops. Nothing good can come from this trio when
all three are put in play.
On Monday morning, for example, with no reference to his late father
being the moving force behind it, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
released a statement celebrating the 35th anniversary of Canada's
Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
"I remind Canadians that we have no task greater than to stand on
guard for another's liberties," said Trudeau.
"The words enshrined in the Charter are our rights, freedoms, and -
above all - our collective responsibility."
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Province has concerns about pot legalization but next moves remain
MANITOBA - Justice Minister Heather Stefanson says she has "lots of
concerns" with the federal government's new legalized marijuana
legislation tabled Thursday, but won't speculate publicly what
Manitoba's next move will be.
"We want to listen to Manitobans and consult on that," she told
The federal government's proposed law, which sets the minimum age to
purchase marijuana at 18, gives provinces some latitude to increase
that age, but Stefanson declined to say whether she believes 18 is too
young to buy marijuana.
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The Liberals owe young Canadians their majority government. They have
an obligation to address the issues youth are facing right now.
Get the brownie batter mixing, folks. We've got a landing date for
July 2018. Yes, 2018.
Okay, maybe put the batter in the freezer for the time
Finally, Trudeau government officials have confirmed that this month
they will announce legislation to legalize the recreational use of
weed by July 1, 2018.
Obviously, this is a cause that many young Canadians from coast to
have been fighting for and whining about for years, if not decades. So
much so that giving Canadians the right to light up a bowl or roll a
joint was a central promise during Justin Trudeau's election campaign,
designed to lure young Canadian voters and portray the Liberals as
Canada's youthful party.
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Dana Larsen and his group on tour giving out seeds
The man who's helped ship millions of cannabis seeds across the
country for the last couple years is visiting Winnipeg Monday to drop
off tens of thousands more.
B.C.-based cannabis advocate Dana Larsen, 45, is touring cross-country
with his group Overgrow Canada, which aims to hand out five million
cannabis seeds this year.
In 2016, they spread 2.5 million seeds, encouraging Canadians to plant
cannabis in public places like parks to "normalize the cultivation" of
the plant, Larsen said in an interview Monday.
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Emerys, Magder deserve medals (my dad, too)
Maybe one day Marc and Jodie Emery will be on a postage stamp. As
opposed to in jail.
There's a fine line between heinous criminal and heroic pioneer,
Unless you've been in a coma, or totally wasted, you know the Emerys
are Canada's prince and princess of pot.
They were busted last month for trafficking and possession - 20
charges between them - as they were about to depart Toronto's Pearson
airport for a pot festival in Spain.
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PARTICIPANTS in the annual 4/20 event at the Manitoba Legislative
Building are likely to be in an even more celebratory mood this year
as the federal Liberal government is poised to introduce legislation
to make good on its promise to legalize pot.
The April 20 bash, which extols the consumption of cannabis -
especially the smoking of it - may also have a more political
undertone as local medical marijuana advocates protest a lack of
consultation by the Pallister government before introducing a bill
last week setting out new rules to deal with cannabis when
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As news leaked Sunday of the federal government's plans to table
legislation legalizing marijuana by next summer, Eddy Barahona was
emerging from a night spent in jail after being arrested and charged
with pot-related offences.
"I don't understand how we can arrest people for practising with
medicine or why we're still putting people in jail for something
that's going to be legalized in a matter of time," he said in an
Barahona was rubbing his eyes, which still stung from being
pepper-sprayed over the weekend, during an interview Monday at Vapes
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IT'S only a matter of time before marijuana sales will be legalized in
our country and that means the Pallister government has some important
decisions to make.
This past week, the Manitoba government tabled the Cannabis Harm
Prevention Act. We are very pleased the government is talking about
the legalization of marijuana and taking steps to ensure public safety
is kept in the highest regard. The legislation is focused on ensuring
Manitobans are not allowed to smoke marijuana in public places,
indoors or in vehicles. As well, it addresses the issue of driving
while high. These are fundamental matters of public safety, but if the
government truly wants to ensure social responsibly, it has to
recognize the need to keep the sale of this controlled substance public.
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Marijuana advocate says introduction of Bill 25 is a step backward for
The political component of the 4/20 event in Winnipeg often gets
overlooked in the haze of marijuana smoke.
Initially an act of civil disobedience, there just isn't as much to
counter in the cannabis culture's annual gathering these days.
The federal government is expected to table legislation this spring to
legalize and regulate recreational marijuana, medical marijuana
clinics are springing up around the city and are open about their
services, and a recent poll found that 59% of Manitobans support
legalization, the highest in the country.
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The Manitoba Minister of Justice's move to get out in front of the
marijuana legalization train-wreck is to be applauded. However, if the
federal government does remove marijuana possession from the Criminal
Code the costs of enforcement fall to the provinces. If the province
involves itself in the distribution of marijuana, something the feds
are unlikely to do, the cost to education the public on marijuana
harms and risks will also fall to the provinces, who will have no
choice but to spend massively or face liability for failure to warn,
as they will have become part of the problem, rather than the
solution. Add the increase costs to health care and insurance, and a
decline in productivity, and legalization becomes a recipe for
provincial financial disaster. For what - so a small minority can get
temporarily high? Seriously!
(A small minority is already getting "temporarily" high.)
Too many people getting behind wheel with drugs in their system
As federal legalization of marijuana seems more and more like an
inevitability, a new poll commissioned by Manitoba Public Insurance
shows 10% of Manitobans drive with drugs in their system.
The roadside survey was conducted in September 2016 in five Manitoba
communities, including Winnipeg, and found 10% of drivers who
voluntarily participated tested positive for drugs, more than half of
those testing positive for cannabis.
Of the 1,230 drivers who participated, 124 tested positive for a drug,
with 53% of those positive for cannabis and 31% for cocaine.
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While it seems out of context for a career progressive, Ottawa Mayor
Jim Watson has gone law-and-order rogue in his quest to stem the
plague of fentanyl overdoses and deaths in the nation's capital.
He wants manslaughter charges laid against drug dealers if the illicit
narcotics they peddle end up causing death.
And he is not wrong in wanting this.
The time is now to stop whistling past the graveyard, and ignoring the
fact there is a fentanyl crisis that is not going away anytime soon -
aided by the fact the lethal drug, 50 to 100 times more powerful than
heroin, is being laced into counterfeit pain killers disguised as
known prescription narcotics of specific strengths.
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The Addictions Foundation of Manitoba is urging the federal government
to use a public health approach matched with strict regulation when
"This provides us with a very unique opportunity," said Dr. Sheri
Fandrey of the AFM, which released a position statement Tuesday. "This
is the first time since Prohibition that a substance which is
currently illegal is becoming legal and fortunately the process has
enough lead time that we can get ahead of the curve and start to
provide some of the resources - educational, outreach, data collection
- - prior to the change happening and cannabis being made legal.
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An advocate for Winnipeg's homeless and addicted population says the city
is in "denial" about its injection drug problem.
Rick Lees, executive director of Main Street Project, looks at other large
urban centres in Canada and says Winnipeg is lagging behind in addressing
its hard drugs problem.
"On the committees I sit on, it's always on the agenda for discussion, but
that's all it is," Lees said. "We're where (other cities) were a year or
two years ago. Ottawa is on the cusp of doing it, Toronto's mayor is out
in support of it, Vancouver has been doing it for seven years now. In
Manitoba, I think we're a bit in denial either because we're a smaller
population or we just don't think it's that big a deal because it's not
interfering with our mainstream lives."
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A local marijuana advocate is compiling criticism against Ottawa's task
force report on legalization in order to make sure Manitoba's cannabis
community "has a voice."
Steven Stairs, a medical marijuana user and grower who helps organize
Winnipeg's 420 rallies, said he reached out to Kildonan MLA Nicholas Curry
to talk about the highs and lows of the report.
Without making our voices heard early in the process, we won't have a leg
to stand on," he said.
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This is a direct reply to "Heed Cigarette Lessons For Pot," a letter
written by John Fefchak of Virden.
I totally agree with you on one point. We can't find intelligent life,
especially when we have people like you comparing the scourge of
cigarettes to something like marijuana.
It is truly ignorant and quite closed-minded to say marijuana is
anything like cigarettes. There is no single recorded death in history
linked directly with the use of this beneficial substance.
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Re: Thoughts on pot (Letters, Jan. 5)
Letter-writer James Teller misinterpreted statistics from Washington state
on cannabis and driving.
The cited report states "results of this study do not indicate that
drivers with detectable THC in their blood at the time of the crash were
necessarily impaired by THC or that they were at fault for the crash; the
data available cannot be used to assess whether a given driver was
actually impaired, and examination of fault in individual crashes was
beyond the scope of this study."
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Some facts that bear on legalizing marijuana are important to
Everyone agrees smoking cigarettes is bad for your health and causes
many deaths each year even when the smoke is second-hand. We have laws
restricting cigarette smoking, and cigarette packages warn us of the
dangers. Why add another smoking risk?
Statistics in Washington state show a twofold increase in highway
deaths related to marijuana, and they now make up 17 per cent of the
total, so why pass legislation in Canada that will increase deaths? To
put this another way: if we could reduce highway deaths by five to 10
per cent (by prohibiting marijuana use), wouldn't this be good?
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Re: Prankster changes Hollywood sign to 'Hollyweed."
Some thing that citizens of Canada and all governments should be thinking
about, as the planned legislation to legalize marijuana continues. A
'CANADAWEED' sign. Doesn't any one remember the health issues with
cigarettes and tobacco through the years and the cancers associated with
the use of those products? Aren't we now on the very same path to neglect
our health and the social implications? I sometimes wonder why we are so
obsessed with trying to find intelligent life on other planets, when we
can't even find intelligent life here!
Pamela McColl is guilty of some backwards thinking. Eight decades of
cannabis (marijuana) prohibition has proven to be "experimenting with
dangerous drug policies" and "risky public-health policy," not the
other way around.
Insinuating cannabis laws involve "evidence-based drug policy" could
not be farther from the truth. Cannabis prohibition and persecution
was orchestrated from the beginning out of greed and racism. If
cannabis were discovered today for the first time, it would be hailed
as a miracle plant.
If marijuana is legalized in this province, nearly one-quarter of
Manitoba adults say they're prepared to get some. Rich or poor, NDP or
Progressive Conservative, man or woman, young or middle-aged - tens of
thousands are likely to try some pot.
The Winnipeg Free Press/Probe Research Inc. survey asked, "If
marijuana becomes legal in Canada, how likely would you be to use it
even just once?" Twenty-four per cent - nearly one-quarter of a
million adult Manitobans - said they would be likely to use it.
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"I have been hearing and reading a lot about fentanyl and about the
many hundreds who have died using it, Well, I guess I want to kill
myself, so would the government please advise me were I can get a
couple pills? Oh, and by the way, would they send along the location
of any of the injection sites where I can get the antidote just in
case I change my mind?
The question remains: Why is the government supporting this sort of
crap by offering injection sites and free antidotes to people who know
full well taking the drug may kill them, but they do it anyway? Maybe
it's the government who needs the antidote.
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