Manitoba's Justice Minister is calling for federal legislation to
confirm that provinces can ban the home growth of marijuana plants.
"I think that is clear that is provincial jurisdiction to make that
decision. (But) I believe the federal (Justice) Minister made some
comments that were a little concerning, so we wanted clarification on
that," said Justice Minister Heather Stefanson, following a speech to
Manitoba Chambers of Commerce members on cannabis legislation
Thursday. "We've called (for) some clarification from the federal
government. If they could put it specifically in legislation, that
would be best."
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Cannabis sales likely won't prove a financial bonanza.
Those counting on help from cannabis sales to balance the provincial
budget are in for a disappointment.
As far as Statistics Canada can tell, cannabis prices in this country
have been dropping for the past three years, perhaps the past dozen
years. Since weed-market watchers in the United States have found
roughly the same thing, it's probably true.
Canada's provincial treasurers, along with private investors in the
cannabis trade, may still be able to turn a profit, but the bonanza
that used to beckon has probably evaporated already.
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The drugs have started eating away at our Punjabi youth.
This disease has spread throughout North America. The desire to earn
quick money without any hard work has pushed many Punjabi youth into
Last year a Punjabi husband and wife were caught by the RCMP with
cocaine worth $8.4 million. It was a large consignment of drugs being
taken from the United States to Calgary. The couple, identified as
Gurminder Singh Toor, 31, and Kirandeep Kaur Toor, 26, were arrested
in connection with the cocaine.
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It would be interesting to know if the delay in implementing the new
marijuana legalization legislation will mean police will continue to
waste time and resources dragging people through the courts for "pot"
related offences, right up until 11:59 p.m. on the eve of the day it
Grow-ops will still be illegal even after pot isn't.
Ontario Senator Tony Dean, sponsor of the Trudeau Liberals' pot bill
in the Upper Chamber, is upset that Canadians will not be able to
legally light up their spliffs until long after Canada Day.
He says time is of the essence, and that the government does not have
the luxury of biding it.
Why is this? Why, after more than 100 years of marijuana being
illegal, does the good senator think pushing back the smoke date by a
few weeks is the wrong thing to do?
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A NORTHERN Manitoba First Nation is building a permanent checkstop on
the only highway into the community to combat the illegal drug and
"It's like a border crossing and you'll have no choice but to go
through it. And if you don't want to be searched, you're not going to
go in," Norway House Chief Ron Evans said.
The small building next to Highway 373 looks a bit like a transport
safety weigh station. As of this month, the Norway House Cree Nation
Safety and Security Checkpoint will be open 24/7. Its official opening
is scheduled for Feb. 24.
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Pallister government not budgeting for pot tax revenue this year
If the Pallister government projects a reduced deficit in the 2018
provincial budget, it won't be because of a new pot tax.
The Winnipeg Sun has learned that next month's budget will not include
a revenue line from marijuana sales, even though legalized pot is
expected to go on sale sometime later this year.
Finance Minister Cameron Friesen confirmed government is not budgeting
for any marijuana revenues in 2018-19 and is still examining the
potential costs associated with legalized weed, including additional
health care, road safety and justice costs.
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A group of First Nations looks set to win big in the Manitoba cannabis
market, thanks to partnerships with several cannabis companies chosen
to run the province's private marijuana retail system.
On Friday, Manitoba announced that it had "conditionally accepted"
proposals from four groups - chosen from a pool of more than 100
applicants - to run dispensaries in the province. Canopy Growth Corp.
in partnership with Winnipeg-based Delta 9 Cannabis Inc., took home
one conditional letter; another went to upscale retail brand Tokyo
Smoke, a subsidiary of Hiku Brands Ltd.
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A few groups feel they were overlooked in the competition to sell
legal pot in Manitoba, including some small business owners.
Rick Macl, owner of the Brandon shop Growers 'n Smokers, said he
partnered with another business to submit a proposal.
But he also said his eventual rejection letter was expected early on
in that process, due to conditions set by the province.
"I knew I had no chance having (less than) three stores going in
alone. I was forced to join other companies," said Macl. "I was in
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Bowman wants help getting promised provincial funding for
OTTAWA - Mayor Brian Bowman says he wants Ottawa to push the Pallister
government to cough up more funding for infrastructure projects in the
city, and to also give the city a handsome portion of tax collected
from legalized marijuana.
"The challenge many of the big city mayors are having is ensuring that
those funds are flowing through the provinces, and getting to
municipalities to support municipal priorities," Bowman said Thursday,
on the sidelines of the Big City Mayors' Caucus in Ottawa.
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Police seize 5.8 kg in January - half of what was seized in
MAKE no mistake: Winnipeg has a meth problem.
That's the message city police drove home Thursday at a lengthy news
conference, painting a dark picture of a city in the grips of a
methamphetamine epidemic and the strain placed on front-line services
that are trying to contain the street drug.
"The emergence of methamphetamine that we're experiencing in our
community is getting to the level where it's starting to keep me awake
at night," Winnipeg Police Service Chief Danny Smyth said.
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Excluding convicted drug dealers from exoneration unfair, cannabis
PRIME Minister Justin Trudeau must have expected questions about
cannabis legalization at his town hall event in Winnipeg on Wednesday
night, but he might not have anticipated this one.
In light of the Liberal government's plans to offer some kind of
amnesty to Canadians with cannabis possession convictions, Manitoba
cannabis advocate Steven Stairs asked: "Would your government be
considering pardons for people who are being convicted of trafficking
"Small-time drug dealers, pot sales, guy on the corner, whatever you
want to call them, but those people are just as peaceful, mostly, as
the other people that have been charged, and I don't find it fair that
you would exclude them from the pardon system," he said.
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City forms committee to prepare for legal weed
The City of Winnipeg has formed a new committee to guide its pot
The Cannabis Co-ordination Committee will guide local preparations as
the feds prepare to legalize recreational marijuana sales, effective
"The legalization of cannabis represents one of the most significant
legal, social and economic policy changes our country has seen since
prohibition and ... our municipal government needs to do everything we
can to be as ready as possible for its legalization later this year,"
said Mayor Brian Bowman.
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CITY council voted overwhelmingly Thursday in favour of a ban on
smoking tobacco and marijuana around restaurant patios.
Two councillors - Ross Eadie (Mynarski) and Jason Schreyer
(Elmwood-East Kildonan) - voted against the bylaw. Eadie said a ban
would further stigmatize smokers.
Smoking in any form - cigarettes, cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes, water
pipes, hookahs or other devices - won't be permitted on outdoor patios
where food and drink are served. Council made an exception for smoking
within Indigenous-led ceremonies.
The bylaw will come into effect on April 1, though the amount of the
fine is not yet clear.
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GOOD Samaritan law aimed at saving lives during Canada's opioid crisis
isn't getting enough public attention, proponents say.
Members of all major political parties supported legislation that
gives immunity from criminal charges to people who call for help
during a drug overdose, but whether the law has encouraged people to
call 911 remains unclear. Conservative and NDP health critics say the
federal government hasn't done enough to advertise the Good Samaritans
Drug Overdose Act since it came into effect in May 2017.
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POLICE raided two locations of the Winnipeg Compassion Club last week,
saying the storefronts were operating as "illegal marijuana
Officers seized approximately $25,000 worth of marijuana, $20,000 of
marijuana in alternate forms and $6,000 in cash from both locations,
which were "openly selling marijuana," the Winnipeg Police Service
said in a news release on Wednesday.
Three men were arrested and charged with several drug-possession and
trafficking offences, as well as possession of the proceeds of crime.
The men, ages 45, 28 and 27, have been released pending court
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Winnipeg police raided two illegal marijuana dispensaries last week,
just a few months before the plant becomes legal across the country.
Police said two locations of the Winnipeg Compassion Club, one on
Mcphillips Street and the other on Pembina Highway, were raided on
Jan. 8 after a months-long investigation by the service's Marihuana
Grow Operation Unit that found the dispensary to be openly selling pot
at both outlets.
The MGOU, and members of three different community support units
carried out the raid, which turned up $25,000 worth of marijuana and
$20,000 worth of marijuana in "alternate" forms, police said.
Police also seized $6,000 in cash.
Three men, ages 45, 28 and 27, have been arrested and charged with
several crimes under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act along
with possession of the proceeds of crime.
All three were released and face future court dates.
Re: NDP lobbying for safe injection site.
What is it with all progressives pushing so called "safe injection
sites" which is an oxymoron, as such places are anything but safe.
Addicts may be getting clean needles, but they are still injecting
street drugs of unknown quality. These drugs addicts commit serious
crimes, placing the public at risk.
Surely rather than facilitating drug addicts to feed their addiction,
weaning them off their addiction, through rehabilitation, is a much
better option. Addicts put huge strains on our ailing health-care
services and most end up having a shortened life span caused by drug
damage to their vital organs. Safe injection sites do not eradicate
(The theory is they might save a person's life be preventing overdose
deaths and by mitigating other risks.)
DP Leader Wab Kinew demanded Friday that provincial Health Minister
Kelvin Goertzen create safe consumption sites for injection drug users
in Winnipeg and other communities in Manitoba.
"There are people in our city who are dying," Kinew told
But Goertzen said in an emailed statement late Friday that he's not
considering establishing sites.
Kinew said deaths and overdoses from opioids and methamphetamine have
reached crisis proportions in Winnipeg.
"It's time for there to be a safe consumption site in Winnipeg," he
said. "We know safe consumption sites save lives."
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NDP lobbying for safe injection sites
Manitoba's official opposition is lobbying for safe injection sites,
in Winnipeg and beyond.
NDP leader Wab Kinew said the Progressive Conservative government
should spend some of the $10.9 million federal dollars it's received
to address mental health and addictions to develop such sites, which
he believes are needed in Winnipeg and other Manitoba
Kinew said the effort is critical to combat a surge in crystal meth
and fentanyl abuse.
"We know that safe (injection) sites save lives and we know that
(addiction) is reaching crisis proportions. So we need to see action,"
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Manitobans want municipalities to get half of pot revenue: survey
Most Manitobans believe municipalities should get at least half of the
revenues raised through recreational pot taxes, a new survey says.
A Probe Research poll commissioned by the Association of Manitoba
Municipalities found 59% of respondents believe municipal governments
should get between one half and all of the tax revenue from marijuana
sales. Another 24% felt they should get less than half of the revenue
and 16% weren't sure.
The total doesn't add up to 100%, due to rounding.
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A new poll suggests many Manitobans are ready for marijuana retailers
to set up shop in their communities.
Probe Research Inc. polled 1,000 adults in the province between Nov.
23 and Dec. 14 and 58% of Manitobans said they'd be comfortable with a
marijuana store opening up in their neighbourhood, as opposed to the
40% who opposed it and the 3% who were unsure.
"That 58% is healthy, we seem to be OK with this," said Mary Agnes
Welch, senior researcher at Probe. "But there is a flip side to this,
there are differences in Winnipegger's than rural residents.
Winnipegger's are somewhat more comfortable with it than rural
residents, non-Winnipeggers. And as you'd expect, older people are a
bit less comfortable than younger people, but even a slim majority of
older folks are cool with it. It seems to be reasonably universal
comfort with this."
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Grieving father warns kids about dangers of drugs after son's
SMOKE from a smudging stick and the warm breath of friends and family
of Jeremy Hobson filled the front yard of the house where the
21-year-old accidentally overdosed and died on the weekend, during a
ceremony held Thursday.
Jeremy died after taking a pill, which he thought was OxyContin, at a
gettogether with friends and cousins on Saturday night, according to
his father Larry Hobson. Hobson said he thinks the pill that killed
his son was laced with fentanyl.
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WINKLER'S mayor vows that until the smoke clears on pot legalization,
his community won't vote to allow retailers to sell recreational pot.
Mayor Martin Harder says his council recently decided to ignore the
province's Dec. 22 deadline to vote on the issue.
"Our biggest issue is the rules keep changing," Harder said on
"They said you have to vote by Dec. 22 and then the next one says you
can have four years to have a plebiscite. We don't want to do that.
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WINKLER - The City of Winkler will not honour the province's Dec. 22
deadline to indicate whether or not they'd be willing to have
marijuana sold in the community.
Mayor Martin Harder was the first municipal leader in Manitoba to make
that statement and he said they don't feel they have enough facts to
make a decision either way.
"We haven't got any information," he said. "It's a moving target, and
every time we get some information it's different than what we knew
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WHEN politicians talk about the arrival of legal cannabis, they make
it sound like it's going to be more trouble than it's worth.
Oh, the worry. According to the narrative coming out of the federal
and provincial capitals, legalizing pot is going to involve enormous
costs with very little return, in terms of tax revenue.
There are expected to be increased costs for provinces and
municipalities in the areas of law enforcement, public education,
health care and addictions treatment at a time when governments of all
levels are having trouble generating the revenues needed to sustain
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So, pot czar Justin Trudeau, realizing his actual street dealers were
on the verge of a revolt, turned to his Mr. Big, Bill Morneau, and
told him to divvy up a more saleable split of the profits from
upcoming pot deals.
When profits are projected to be in the billions, honour among
thieves, and we say "thieves" with all due respect, begins to lose its
After all, it will be the street dealers who will be taking on the
majority of the risk, meaning all those premiers hypnotized by dollar
signs who will have to set up their own turf, build their own drug
outlets, collect the juice from the sales, and deal with law
enforcement should the criminal element invade their space.
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Consumer advocacy group concerned marijuana treated differently than
A consumer choice advocacy group has condemned the Manitoba
government's plan to ban homegrown marijuana when it becomes legal in
the country next year.
David Clement, the North American affairs manager for the Consumer
Choice Centre, an independent entity that aims to promote more choice
and freedom for consumers, says the decision to ban the growing of pot
in homes is "silly" questions why the ability
Clement said the reason the CCC has spoken out is two-fold.
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Re: Manitoba's legal age for cannabis to be set at 19: source (Dec. 5)
With legislation now tabled, it has now become obvious that the
federal Liberals and provincial Progressive Conservatives still
believe the lies their governments told about cannabis for the last
It is ridiculous to ask 18-year-olds to risk their lives for their
country in military service but not permit them to smoke cannabis
legally. The idea that government should protect children from
anything is just as ridiculous. Parents are the proper authorities to
protect their children from all of life's never-ending dangers.
Crony capitalism seems to be the driving force in "legalization."
Legalization policies will make enforcement even more expensive than
Province's age restriction, home-growing ban lack common
GOVERNMENTS in Canada have been playing politics with marijuana for
some time now. The promise to legalize cannabis helped Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau and his federal Liberals achieve a majority government
in 2015, and now provincial governments across the country are coming
to grips with legalization according to their own political principles.
Some provincial governments (Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick) are
creating Crown corporations to be the legal marijuana dealers. Others
(Manitoba, Alberta, Newfoundland) are letting the private sector run
the stores. British Columbia just announced a retail solution that
will include both the public and private sectors.
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MORE than 21 per cent of adult Manitobans used cannabis in the past
year and another 21.1 per cent may try it after legalization, new data
from the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba suggests.
The figures come from an anonymous phone survey of 1,201 adults in
September. The alcohol and gambling regulator, whose mandate will
include marijuana, says its sample is "quasi-representative" of the
province's adult population. The survey found 55.2 per cent of
Manitobans have used cannabis, with 16 being the most common age of
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A SLIGHT majority of Manitobans disagree with Premier Brian
Pallister's calls to delay federal legalization of cannabis in Canada,
according to a new online poll from the Angus Reid Institute.
Fifty-eight per cent of Manitoba respondents say, "The timeline should
not be changed." Nationwide, 53 per cent of all respondents agree.
The Angus Reid Institute's online poll used a sample of 1,510
Canadians who were randomly selected members of the pollster's
proprietary Angus Reid Forum, which the website describes as a
representative panel of "almost 130,000 Canadian households." The
poll, conducted Nov. 14 to 20, includes a sample of 101 Manitobans.
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Province sets 19 as minimum age to buy pot
You'll have to be 19 to buy recreational marijuana in Manitoba and
only eligible medicinal users will be able to grow weed at home.
If provincial legislation introduced Tuesday passes as is, the minimum
purchase and possession age for recreational cannabis will be one year
older than both the federally required minimum and Manitoba's legal
drinking age. The feds are set to legalize recreational pot on July 1,
The province says setting a higher-than-required minimum consumption
age will help keep marijuana out of schools and out of the hands of
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MANITOBANS will be prohibited from growing marijuana for recreational
purposes at home after cannabis is legalized in 2018, should the
provincial government's new Safe and Responsible Retailing of Cannabis
Act become law.
The bill was introduced by Justice Minister Heather Stefanson in the
provincial legislative assembly Tuesday.
Although the federal Cannabis Act will allow Canadian adults to grow
up to four cannabis plants at their home, Stefanson said her
government was banning the practice, primarily for two reasons.
"This approach is consistent with our commitment to protect youth, and
also responds directly to concerns that homegrown cannabis may be
diverted to the black market," she told reporters Tuesday.
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AS first reported in the Free Press, the Safe and Responsible
Retailing of Cannabis Act will set the minimum age to buy and possess
cannabis in Manitoba at 19, one year higher than the legal age
requirement for purchasing alcohol.
Tuesday's announcement means Manitoba is set to be the only province
where the legal ages to use alcohol and cannabis don't match.
Zach Walsh, a native Winnipegger who studies cannabis as a psychology
professor at the University of British Columbia, said the age
differential in Manitoba "seems a little incongruous."
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Re: Marijuana in workplace focus of chamber panel (Nov. 29)
There is a high incidence of marijuana use among fatally injured B.C.
(20 to 30 per cent), and Manitoba employers would be well advised to
educate their workers on the harms posed by marijuana use.
Canadians need look no further than to the country's health watchdog,
Health Canada, for credible information and evidence-based advice on
this matter. Health Canada's consumer information web page states
unequivocally that using marijuana can impair concentration and
reaction time. It is well established by scientific research that the
less-than-regular user of marijuana products should not operate a
motor vehicle for at least eight hours after consuming 18 mg or more
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MANITOBANS will have to be at least 19 years of age to legally
purchase and possess cannabis in the province after it is legalized,
the Free Press has learned.
The minimum age will be part of a new bill to be introduced today at
the Manitoba Legislative Building, according to a government source
familiar with the matter.
According to the legislature's Monday notice paper, Justice Minister
Heather Stefanson is scheduled to introduce the Safe and Responsible
Retailing of Cannabis Act.
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LEGALIZE and tax marijuana and the budget will balance itself - or so
marijuana advocates, from stoners to recreational users to the prime
minister, have tried to convince us of this for years.
But they're all wrong.
It makes some sense that a product so commonly used should be
regulated rather than criminalized, sending its newly-enabled taxation
revenues to the public coffers.
Unfortunately, recent federal announcements and the examples of two
U.S. states tell us that a fiscal boon from legal pot is nothing more
than reefer madness.
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Tracy Sanderson understood opioid addiction. Her daughter Kelsie began
struggling with opioid addiction after she had a traumatic experience
being tasered by RCMP officers.
After drinking with some friends, Kelsie, who was 16 at the time,
stole her parents' truck. When Sanderson received a call from RCMP
officers, she said, "Keep my daughter overnight. She needs to learn a
She did not expect to pick up a different girl the next day.
"Something inside my daughter died that night," she said. That's when
Kelsie's descent into fentanyl addiction began.
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When the police came to Lois Fridfinnson's door and told her that her
son, Michael Johnson, died from a methadone overdose, she fell to the
floor. She thought that would be the worst day of her life.
Her 23-year-old son struggled with opioid addiction. Michael had been
waiting nearly three months to get into treatment. He had been given a
two-day supply of methadone and was supposed to enter treatment on May
3, 2010. He died on May 1.
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As a power-lifter who could bench 340 pounds, a talented guitar
player, and a driven young man with a strong work ethic who bought his
own house at the age of 18, Jessie Kolb defied the stereotype of a
If there's one thing his parents, Arlene Last-Kolb and John Kolb, have
learned about opioid addiction is that it can happen to anyone and all
the preconceived notions some people have about opioid addiction just
perpetuate the stigma.
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IF you want to know how quickly this country is turning over a new
leaf, consider the curious case of Julian Fantino.
The tough-on-crime former Toronto police chief was eager to help lead
the war against drugs - including cannabis - during his time as a
cabinet minister in Stephen Harper's government.
In fact, the record from the 2015 federal campaign is filled with
public stands Fantino took about the danger of legalizing marijuana.
And today? Well, the former politician has had his own epiphany on the
pot-marked road to the legalization of marijuana.
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When Dalton Fredericks took Jesse, his 18-year-old son, to the
hospital because his son seemed dangerously high, he learned about the
stigma associated with opioid addiction.
"I took him to the hospital and I said, 'I want you to keep him here.'
I went home and after three hours, I got a call from the hospital that
they were releasing him," he said.
The nurse told Fredericks that his son had been doing drugs, but there
was not much they could do for him. He had the RCMP take Jesse into
custody because he feared for his safety.
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Adam Watson didn't want to break his parents' hearts, and he did not
want to die, but after battling opioid addiction for six years, he
became the victim of a system woefully ill-equipped to help him.
Adam tried a methadone program, he attempted to detox at the Main
Street Project, he saw family physicians, he ended up in emergency
four times in the throes of withdrawal, and he met with a counsellor
at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM). None of the treatment
options or resources gave Adam the support he needed.
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There seems to be a general euphoria with the upcoming legalization of
marijuana while, at the same time, there is silence from the majority
who oppose legalization.
Perhaps one should look at why marijuana was made illegal in the first
place. For many, it was a case of "We have enough problems with
alcohol. If marijuana is legalized, we'll have twice as many drug problems."
Others didn't want to live in a nation of zombies, where people are
walking around stoned all day.
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A GENERATION of Canadians who grew up with the "Just Say No" anti-drug
messaging of the 1980s will find themselves in uncharted waters next
As of July 1, 2018, marijuana will be legal, which will radically
change a lot of things - including, significantly, how we talk to our
kids about it.
Realistically, it's a conversation we should already be having.
According to a 2013 UNICEF Office of Research report, Canadian youth
are among the top users of marijuana in the developed world.
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That fury you hear?
The betrayal medical cannabis patients and activists feel after the
federal government went back on yet another promise surrounding legal
Last Friday, the Department of Finance announced a federal tax
proposal that could see an excise charge of $1/gram or 10% (whichever
is higher) on both recreational and medical cannabis. According to
Ottawa, the revenues will be shared equally between the feds,
provinces and territories.
So what are they smoking? The shady government is apparently
'concerned' users will lie to their doctors, pretend to be sick and
navigate the complex workings of the medical cannabis system in order
to save the extra 10% tax that would be reserved for recreational pot.
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Questions raised about decision to allow municipal authority over
PREMIER Brian Pallister's government went stone cold silent on legal
retail cannabis Thursday while federal officials considered their
reaction to Manitoba's plan of allowing municipal councils to have the
final say on local sales.
The federal government will brief reporters in Ottawa today on its
plans to legalize and regulate recreational cannabis.
But the Pallister government did not make the premier or any cabinet
ministers available to the media Thursday and a communications staffer
intervened when a reporter tried to ask Justice Minister Heather
Stefanson about any possible reaction from Ottawa.
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PREMIER Brian Pallister has always been coy about whether he has ever
enjoyed the pleasures of cannabis. "I prefer beer," has become his
standard retort when asked if he's ever taken a toke.
Regardless of whether the premier smoked, inhaled or appreciated the
mystic qualities of marijuana, you can bet he will learn to love the
tax revenue that will flow from a legalized marketplace.
Manitoba's plan for the legalized wholesale and retail sales of
cannabis is pretty thin. Pallister has only confirmed a plan to have
Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries act as a wholesale distributor, with
retail sales going to the private sector.
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MGEU off-base when it comes to private pot stores
Manitoba's largest union is accusing the Pallister government of
compromising the safety of Manitobans and foregoing millions in
profits by allowing private retailers to sell marijuana once it
becomes legal next year.
But as usual, the union provides some of the dumbest arguments
possible to try to support its case.
The province announced Tuesday that legal weed would be regulated by
Liquor and Gaming Authority but would be sold through private retail
outlets. It would be much like how beer, wine and other liquor
products are sold through vendors, private wine stores and private
liquor outlets in rural Manitoba. The outlets are private but the
products must be purchased through Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corp.
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