MANITOBA - Public Insurance announced a new public education campaign
against drug-impaired driving on Thursday, with a focus on cannabis
ahead of the expected legalization of that substance next year.
The campaign, launched in co-operation with Mothers Against Drunk
Driving Canada, will include messaging focused on new teen drivers,
youth in general, the medical community and the general public, with
taglines such as "Think you're a better driver when you're high? Think
MPI chief administrative officer Ward Keith said the campaign was
developed in response to "a number of things that are lining up to
give us real concerns about the risk of cannabis-impaired driving"
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THE reaction to last Friday's announcement of the Ontario government's
plan for sales and regulation of legalized cannabis was, at best, mixed.
The document, promoted as "a safe and sensible approach to the retail
of recreational cannabis," didn't seem to make all that many people
At the plan's unveiling in Toronto, Ontario Finance Minister Charles
Sousa said marijuana sales will be limited to a monopoly of cannabis
stores under the control of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario
(LCBO), with 40 free-standing locations slated to open in time for the
July 1 pot legalization date and a total of 150 to be established by
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THE government of Manitoba wants Ottawa to provide "further clarity"
on how it will support provinces in implementing Bill C45, the
In a Tuesday news release, Manitoba Justice Minister Heather Stefanson
described cannabis legalization as "a significant shift in public
policy with many challenges for the provinces and territories to address."
Road safety is an area of particular concern, said Stefanson, who
expects that topic to be front and centre when justice ministers from
the federal, provincial and territorial governments meet in Vancouver
from today to Friday.
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Government union says public sales model best bet for health and
CANADA'S most populous province has announced a plan to sell legal
marijuana through a publicly owned system, which is music to the ears
of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union.
MGEU president Michelle Gawronsky said she hopes Ontario's plan to
sell cannabis separately from alcohol in publicly owned, stand-alone
stores will set an example for Manitoba. A public sales model operated
by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation would be the best
possible option from a public health and safety perspective, she argued.
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IF Canada's experience with legal recreational marijuana parallels
what is taking place in U.S. states, we have much to anticipate in
terms of entrepreneurial ferment, job creation, wealth expansion and
boosted tax receipts.
Legal recreational marijuana has been law in Colorado for three and a
half years, and a little more than three years in Washington. Oregon
staggered its rollout of recreational marijuana between 2015 and last
year, Alaska and Nevada's programs are up and running and soon to
follow are Massachusetts, Maine and the cannabis behemoth known as
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Residents have serious concerns about people driving after using
Half of Manitoba adults believe driving while high is the same as or
worse than driving drunk, according to a new Probe Research poll.
The poll, commissioned for CTV News, shows 34% of Manitobans over 18
years of age agree driving under the influence of alcohol is worse
than driving while under the influence of marijuana. Another 16% said
they were unsure, leaving a full 50% of Manitobans who believe driving
after smoking is worse than driving after drinking.
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Manitobans OK with toking neighbours: survey
MOST Manitobans are unfazed by the thought of a pot-smoking neighbour,
but are less comfortable with the prospect of drivers under the
influence of cannabis - or the idea of selling edible marijuana
products in bars, according to a Probe Research poll commissioned by
Sixty-seven per cent of respondents said they wouldn't be bothered to
learn their neighbour "was a regular marijuana user as opposed to a
regular alcohol drinker," an attitude that was consistent across all
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Province announces Overdose Awareness Day at rally at Legislature
Moms Stop The Harm hosted their second annual gathering to honour
loved ones lost to addiction and overdose on Thursday at the Manitoba
The Manitoba government announced at the event that August 31 would be
International Overdose Awareness Day.
The news for grieving parents like Carol Ward, who lost her daughter
Lisa Erickson to overdose in April, is seen as a step in the right
direction. But Ward believes more needs to be done.
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Re: Winnipeg in grips of meth problem, say police (Aug. 27)
Winnipeg police spokesman Const. Jay Murray is wrong when he says "the
majority of property crime in the city is related to the
methamphetamine subculture." Drug prohibition is responsible, just as
it was when cocaine was the drug de jour in the past.
The drug problem boils down to some people want to use those drugs and
other people don't want them to.
The short of it is that it is none of your business what drugs the
next door neighbours are using since none of that use harms you.
Repeal drug prohibition and the majority of property crime would end
since these drugs that people want could be obtained for cheap and of
a known purity at the local pharmacy.
A town hall in St. James Tuesday night will try to clear the air for
any Winnipeggers with questions about cannabis legalization in advance
of a legislation review this fall.
Hosted by Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley MP Doug
Eyolfson, the event will feature an in-depth review of Bill C-45-which
would amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Criminal Code and
other acts-expert testimony from witnesses at the federal health committee.
Eyolfson said he's hosting the town hall to discuss the legislation
and its objectives, but also to hear his constituent's thoughts.
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THERE are no plans to open a supervised injection site in Winnipeg, a
spokeswoman for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority said in the
wake of Toronto opening its first city-run space for people to inject
Supervised injection sites are legal facilities where drug users are
able to use intravenous substances under medical supervision. They
have been a controversial harm-reduction strategy since the first
North American site opened in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside in 2003.
Toronto opened its first official site Monday.
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Spike in Winnipeg drug overdoses - including opioids
The number of annual drug overdoses in Winnipeg is on the rise.
Data from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) show that
emergency crews are responding to more overdoses, with 1,648 patients
arriving with a drug overdose complaint at emergency rooms and urgent
care facilities during the first seven months of this year. There were
2,565 such calls throughout 2016, up from 1,981 in 2014.
And Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to 1,185
poisoning and overdose calls in 2017 (as of July 31), 1,803 in 2016
and 1,328 in 2014. Both agencies note alcohol is responsible for many
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IN his struggles to come up with a regime to control the sale of
recreational marijuana, Premier Brian Pallister may have found a
Shoppers Drug Mart.
Despite a looming July 1, 2018 deadline to have a system in place, the
province has been very reluctant to talk about how it would like to
handle the production, distribution and sales of recreational pot.
Last month, Justice Minister Heather Stefanson issued an expression of
interest to find potential partners and solutions to handle all
aspects of legalized marijuana.
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Add this to the reasons why marijuana should be legalized: more than
100 years ago, the cigarette companies had Congress legalize their
products. The only reasons were the farmers who were growing their own
tobacco; the government wanted the taxes and still does.
Their products are still there today; all of them are the No. 1 cause
of lung cancer.
It says this on each package, and they are sold everywhere.
Marijuana is a green plant not loaded with chemicals to keep it
burning, as cigarettes are, and does not cause any kind of cancer. It
also has some medical qualities that are useful and some qualities
that have to be controlled, (but) not as much as alcohol.
Months to "get it right" is not difficult. They should call this "The
Family finds drug paraphernalia tucked away in hotel room
A Winnipeg hotel is changing protocols for housekeeping staff after a
family found a syringe and "rocks" of drugs inside their room last
Nicole Hamm said her husband Neil located drugs and paraphernalia
hidden on a ledge underneath the bathroom sink of their Victoria Inn
Winnipeg hotel room last Saturday. In photos and video posted to
Facebook by Nicole Hamm, a syringe is visible, as are three white
"rocks" of an undetermined substance placed in spoons.
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RCMP add fentanyl protective gear
Manitoba's 1,080 front-line RCMP officers are getting an added layer
of protection in the fight against fentanyl and other opioid exposure
in the province.
The Manitoba government is investing nearly $54,000 on new personal
protective equipment, which the RCMP say will be available to each of
their front-line officers by the end of the year.
The new equipment kit, paid for by the criminal property forfeiture
fund, includes respiratory and eye protection.
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MANITOBA RCMP officers are being equipped with special masks and
goggles to protect them in the event they're exposed to fentanyl, a
potentially deadly synthetic opiate.
They will also switch to black latex gloves instead of the
standard-issue blue ones to better detect the white powder.
Criminals are footing the bill.
Justice Minister Heather Stefanson announced on Friday that the
provincial government will spend nearly $54,000 from its criminal
property forfeiture fund to equip more than 1,000 front-line Mounties
with the new gear. Also included will be specialized drums to store
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Initially slated to address the national opioid crisis, the majority
of questions addressed during Friday's roundtable discussion centred
on the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Brandon-Souris Conservative MP Larry Maguire and Conservative Party of
Canada health critic Rachael Harder headed the roundtable discussion
at the Trails West Inn, whose question period quickly pushed aside the
opioid crisis, which hasn't impacted Brandon as heavily as it has some
other areas of the nation.
There were 2,458 opioid-related deaths in Canada last year, of which
24 were in Manitoba.
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Re: Pot legalization on agenda. Let's first get alcohol and its deadly
effects under control, prior to the legalization of marijuana. I really
question Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's sanity in this area. Why mix
gasoline with dynamite?
(Most Canadians are OK with legalized pot.)
Educational materials put together for Canadians
When Canada legalizes cannabis, Canadian athletes of all
levels-including those vying for or competing in the Canada Games-will
still have to be careful not to contravene anti-doping rules.
Glen Bergeron, who teaches kinesiology and applied health at the
University of Winnipeg, is part of an ad hoc committee with the
Canadian Centre of Ethics and Sport "discussing this issue at the
"The issue is that cannabis is a banned substance on the international
banned substance list," Bergeron said. "We need to be able to educate
these athletes that it may be legal to use, but it's still regarded as
a banned substance."
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NDP says government-run Liquor Marts best initial option
THE Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba will likely be the
province's regulator for cannabis, although Justice Minister Heather
Stefanson said "nothing is off the table," 11 months before Canadians
will be able to legally buy it over the counter.
Stefanson spoke with reporters Thursday, shortly after the
Conservative government announced it had issued an expression of
interest to determine how best to deal with the issues stemming from
Ottawa's plan to enact the new law July 1.
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Judge 'troubled' but forced to lock up single mother of four children
PLANS to appeal a mandatory minimum sentence as unconstitutional are
on the horizon for a Winnipeg mother who is now behind bars despite
the judge's declaration that justice would not be served by locking
Sandra Dignard, 37, was taken into custody Wednesday to start serving
her two-year federal prison sentence for smuggling drugs into Stony
Mountain prison five years ago. She tearfully said goodbye to her
young son and pleaded with other relatives to take good care of all
four of her children before sheriff's officers led her away, out of
view of her family.
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Winnipeg shows highest rate in country
Violent crimes are on the rise in Winnipeg and police are pointing
their fingers at drug trafficking and new technology.
The violent crime rate and - property crime rate - both rose by eight
per cent from 2015, according to the Winnipeg Police Service's 2016
annual statistical report released Monday.
Statistics Canada also released data on the national crime rate, which
shows that Winnipeg's violent crime rate is the highest in Canada.
Organized drug networks have "contributed to some of the increases of
violence," said police chief Danny Smyth. Also, some drug users are
turning to crime to feed their habits.
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WILL you partake? That's a reasonable question given the upcoming
legalization of marijuana, but it's only one of many questions that
The legalization of a recreational drug is extremely rare and it will
challenge both the Pallister government and individual Manitobans with
unaccustomed issues. The government is dealing only with legalities,
leaving individuals on their own to resolve the personal, family and
social issues that will come with legal marijuana.
At their meeting in Edmonton last week, the premiers mulled questions
such as: where and how will it be sold? What will be the legal age to
partake? How will courts prosecute drugged driving, given that
breathalyzers don't work with marijuana intoxication? How many plants
will gardeners be allowed to grow on their own?
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The Manitoba government is seeking out private input on who should
sell legal pot and how they should do so.
But Justice Minister Heather Stefanson said public sales haven't been
ruled out and the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba is "pretty
likely" to wind up regulating the industry.
The province issued an expression of interest Thursday to determine
options for the distribution and sale of cannabis.
"No options are off the table right now. We are opening this up to get
more ideas on how to do this," Stefanson said.
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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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