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1 CN ON: Many Teens Get Into Cars With Impaired DriversThu, 18 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Weidner, Johanna Area:Ontario Lines:66 Added:05/20/2017

One in three high school students reports riding with a driver who has been drinking and one in five got in a car with a driver that consumed marijuana, according to a new University of Waterloo study.

Half of all students in Grades 11 and 12 admitted to at least one risky behaviour, either driving after drinking or using marijuana or being a passenger in the car of an impaired driver.

"For half of kids to be putting themselves in that kind of risk seems really high," said Leia Minaker, lead author on the paper and an assistant professor at Waterloo.

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2 CN ON: Pot Shops Face Round 2Tue, 16 May 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Carruthers, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:93 Added:05/19/2017

Back in business after police raids, illegal marijuana dispensaries now in London bylaw enforcers' sights

London appears to be taking a page from Toronto's playbook in its bid to crack down on illegal pot shops that refuse to die.

Police raided five marijuana dispensaries across London two months ago, only to watch four of them reopen, including one that reorganized as a delivery-only service.

Now, the city's bylaw office is setting its sights on the illegal businesses, a strategy that's proven successful in Canada's largest city, but one critics say is doomed to push the operations further underground.

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3 CN ON: Editorial: War On Drugs Has Been Colossal FailureSat, 13 May 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:73 Added:05/16/2017

Be careful! This is the message to users of illegal drugs from a community-wide education and awareness campaign that includes a website, www.FentanylCAnKill.ca .

Drug overdoses have killed hundreds of people in British Columbia. The most recent report shows that 120 died in March of this year.

The local campaign is in response to a spate of opioid overdoses.

One day last October, Brantford police and paramedics were called to three separate incidents, involving four people who overdosed on fentanyl. That day was similar to an overnight incident in June when there were four fentanyl overdoses and one death in the city.

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4 CN ON: Editorial: Pot Isn't Safe For The YoungMon, 15 May 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Roe, John Area:Ontario Lines:81 Added:05/16/2017

As the Trudeau government works overtime to legalize recreational marijuana in Canada by the summer of 2018, there's a huge job to be done outside Parliament.

Health officials, educators, parents and the government must somehow persuade young Canadians to swear off a drug that will suddenly be legal for adults all around them to use for fun and relaxation.

This won't be easy, especially when teens see Mom and Dad light up a reefer and are told: "Do as we say, not as we do." But the stakes for our youth couldn't be higher. New research out of the University of Waterloo highlights both the harm marijuana is doing to the young as well as the high number of Canadian teens already indulging in the drug.

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5CN ON: Bylaw Office Enters Fight Against Pot DispensariesMon, 15 May 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:05/16/2017

Latest attack uses zoning bylaws in bid to snuff out marijuana sales

Ottawa's bylaw enforcement officers have jumped into the battle against the city's marijuana dispensaries.

The landlords of the Ottawa Cannabis Dispensary on Laperriere Avenue have been charged with violating city zoning bylaws. The cannabis shop is in a small house painted green, next to an auto body shop and a chip truck. It's an industrial zone that does not permit retail shops.

The charge is a test case that will help city zoning officials decide whether to take action against other dispensaries.

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6 CN ON: Bylaws BattleMon, 15 May 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:141 Added:05/16/2017

City department joins fight against illegal marijuana dispensaries

Ottawa's bylaw enforcement officers have jumped into the battle against the city's marijuana dispensaries.

The landlords of the Ottawa Cannabis Dispensary on Laperriere Avenue have been charged with violating city zoning bylaws. The cannabis shop is in a small house painted green, next to an auto body shop and a chip truck. It's an industrial zone that does not permit retail shops.

The charge is a test case that will help city zoning officials decide whether to take action against other dispensaries.

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7 CN ON: LTE: Ah, What Was I Saying?Mon, 15 May 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Devolin, Karen Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:05/16/2017

Regarding the article Stoners unlikely to get high marks (May 12).

Let me get this straight. There was a study by the University of Waterloo using actual researchers who studied students using cannabis at least once a month?

And, further, these professionals didn't just discover said students were more likely to be lazy and dumb or at least dumber, they confirmed that, overall, abstinence from marijuana was the best way to go?

Now, I'm sure that this must have taken some time to do, but quicker evidence can be found by re-watching all episodes of the McKenzie Brothers on SCTV.

Seriously, is there anything else they discovered that we didn't already know? Like their concentration levels, er, ummm.

Karen Devolin

Tillsonburg

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8 CN ON: Editorial: Pot Isn't Safe For The YoungMon, 15 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:80 Added:05/16/2017

As the Trudeau government works overtime to legalize recreational marijuana in Canada by the summer of 2018, there's a huge job to be done outside Parliament.

Health officials, educators, parents and the government must somehow persuade young Canadians to swear off a drug that will suddenly be legal for adults all around them to use for fun and relaxation.

This won't be easy, especially when teens see Mom and Dad light up a reefer and are told: "Do as we say, not as we do." But the stakes for our youth couldn't be higher. New research out of the University of Waterloo highlights both the harm marijuana is doing to the young as well as the high number of Canadian teens already indulging in the drug.

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9 CN ON: Stoners Unlikely To Get High MarksFri, 12 May 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Carruthers, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:60 Added:05/15/2017

High school kids who use marijuana prone to slack off and perform poorly, study finds

It turns out that high school stoner Jeff Spicoli in the 1982 movie may be based on more fact than fiction.

New research shows high school students who use marijuana are less likely to get good grades and plan to attend university than those who pass on pot.

The study by University of Waterloo researchers found that students who started using cannabis at least once a month became four times more likely to play hooky.

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10 CN ON: Marijuana Use Reaches Higher LevelsFri, 12 May 2017
Source:Barrie Examiner (CN ON) Author:Philips, Andrew Area:Ontario Lines:101 Added:05/15/2017

Mary Jane appears to be overtaking the Marlboro Man as the plant of choice among high-school students.

"We all know about the problems with cigarettes," said Brayden, a 17-year-old local high-school student. "They're bad for your health, but the long-term effects of marijuana are way better."

A new study by the University of Waterloo's Propel Centre for Population Health Impact suggests cannabis has replaced cigarettes as the inhalation product of choice among students in grades 7 to 12.

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11 CN ON: Alarm Raised On Students' Marijuana UseFri, 12 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Outhit, Jeff Area:Ontario Lines:92 Added:05/15/2017

High schoolers who smoke weed are dazed and confused, UW study finds

WATERLOO - What happens if you start smoking marijuana in high school? Do you risk turning into a laid-back stoner, your grades and university ambitions fading in a haze?

The answer is 'yes' according to public health research out of the University of Waterloo. It calls on high schools to help prevent this from happening.

The study tracked 26,475 Ontario and Alberta students over time, measuring changes as some students began to smoke marijuana rarely, or more often.

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12 CN ON: LTE: Legalizing Pot ProblematicFri, 12 May 2017
Source:Sentinel Review (CN ON) Author:Millman, Evelyn Area:Ontario Lines:36 Added:05/15/2017

It has taken years to persuade individuals that smoking causes cancer and years to persuade various levels of government, corporations, schools and other organizations to ban smoking in public places.

Now we are faced with a new but similar peril which seems to parallel tobacco smoking. There are many unknowns that cause us concern, like the effects on health, addictions, distracted and impaired driving and psychiatric implications.

We understand the need for medical marijuana use but do we need to rush into something that requires a lot more thought and research into long-term effects just because of the pressures of marijuana growers and by users who want easier access for their habit.

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13CN ON: Cannabis Club Shut DownSat, 13 May 2017
Source:Standard, The (St. Catharines, CN ON) Author:Walter, Karena Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:05/15/2017

Niagara Regional Police have shut down the Niagara Cannabis Club in Merritton and have charged the operators with drug trafficking.

It's the fourth St. Catharines storefront closed by the Guns, Gangs and Grows Unit for marijuana trafficking in less than a month.

"Bottom line, these people are not licenced by Health Canada to sell these products," said NRP Staff Sgt. Shawn Clarkson Friday.

Police said they received numerous complaints from the public about the goings on at the former bank building at 108 Hartzel Rd. and began an investigation into the sale of marijuana there.

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14 CN ON: Judge Dismisses Kamermans' AppealSat, 13 May 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jason Area:Ontario Lines:103 Added:05/15/2017

A Coe Hill physician stripped of his medical licence has lost his appeal to have a string of criminal charges levied against him dropped due to what the defence claimed was unreasonable delays to reach trial.

Dan Stein, Rob Kamermans' Toronto lawyer, said Justice Robert Scott ruled in favour of the prosecution which submitted that it was not to be blamed for the inordinate amount of time the case is taking to reach trial.

"Our application has been dismissed," Stein told The Intelligencer. "We are waiting for the reasoning. Justice Scott wanted to give us an answer because we have a week of motions setup. Now that the application was dismissed we're faced with a week of pre-trial motions starting on Monday (May 15)."

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15 CN ON: Police Raid Kitchener Marijuana DispensarySat, 13 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:51 Added:05/15/2017

KITCHENER - Waterloo Regional Police raided a marijuana dispensary in Kitchener on Thursday.

Insp. Mike Haffner said police arrested two people and two others remain at large in connection with selling marijuana at the business.

The raid occurred at 10:45 a.m. at the KW Dispensary at 1421 Victoria St. N., near Lackner Boulevard.

Property seized from the location included marijuana and cannabis products such as edible treats along with money.

Police said the business owners received numerous letters telling them to close the business, which is considered illegal, or face a police crackdown.

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16 CN ON: TTC Suspends Two Workers On First Day Of Drug TestingThu, 11 May 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Spurr, Benn Area:Ontario Lines:130 Added:05/15/2017

CEO says results 'concerning' but justify transit agency's push for substance abuse checks

Well that didn't take long.

Two TTC employees have been suspended for being impaired on the job after they both failed tests on the first day of the transit agency's new random drug and alcohol testing program.

The first employee given a breathalyzer that morning blew over the limit, according to agency spokesperson Brad Ross. The employee was found to have a blood alcohol level of more than .04 per cent, which the TTC considers impaired.

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17 CN ON: Pot Use Up Among TeensThu, 11 May 2017
Source:Orillia Today (CN ON) Author:Philips, Andrew Area:Ontario Lines:107 Added:05/15/2017

Study indicates teens smoking marijuana more than tobacco

Mary Jane appears to be overtaking the Marlboro Man as the plant of choice among high-school students.

"We all know about the problems with cigarettes," said Orillia high school student Brayden, 17. "They're bad for your health, but the long-term effects of marijuana are way better."

A new study by the University of Waterloo's Propel Centre for Population Health Impact suggests cannabis has replaced cigarettes as the inhalation product of choice among students in grades 7 to 12.

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18 CN ON: Positively UnfortunateThu, 11 May 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Yuen, Jenny Area:Ontario Lines:75 Added:05/15/2017

TTC worker had booze in system, another drugs

The very first TTC employee to receive a random test for drugs and alcohol came up positive at the commission Monday morning.

And another worker screened that day was found to be under the influence of drugs.

The first employee - who the TTC says isn't an operator but is among the 10,000 employees in a "safety sensitive position," such as maintenance - has been suspended with pay as the commission awaits the official test results, which can take up to three days.

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19 CN ON: Warnings About Drugs And Driving Ramp UpThu, 11 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Ubelacker, Sheryl Area:Ontario Lines:103 Added:05/15/2017

Ahead of pot legalization, programs target teens

TORONTO - Alexis Vegh is working what could be a tough crowd - about a dozen young people in their late teens and early 20s - and she's here to speak to them about the risks of driving high after smoking pot.

"I use quite a bit of slang during the presentation," she bluntly informs them as she begins her hour-plus-long talk.

"Weed, piff, kush," she says, firing off some street names for cannabis to surprised laughter. "Lit is high. Ball up. Spark up."

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20 CN ON: Parents Play Vital Opioid RoleWed, 10 May 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Hendry, Luke Area:Ontario Lines:113 Added:05/15/2017

Introduced to the dangers of narcotics during public seminar held Tuesday night

Parents need to be involved and informed to help lower the risk of accidental drug overdoses among young people.

That was the message heard Tuesday night at a public seminar organized by Hastings Prince Edward Public Health at Bridge Street United Church.

About 50 people attended the talk, which was intended as an introduction for parents to the dangers of opioids, also known as narcotics. They include such drugs as codeine, morphine, oxycodone and fentanyl.

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21 CN ON: Column: War On Drugs A Colossal FailureWed, 10 May 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Hunt, John R Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:05/15/2017

Be careful! This was the message to users of illegal drugs from the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit. Drug overdoses have killed hundreds of people in British Columbia. The most recent report shows that 120 died in March of this year.

The local warning came as a result of a man using tainted cocaine. He was taken to the North Bay Regional Health Centre. He was given large doses of naloxone. It probably saved his life. Drug users are being told to have a friend standing by when they ingest drugs. If something goes wrong the friend can dial 911 and perhaps save a life.

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22 CN ON: Opioid Overdose Deaths SoaringThu, 11 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:116 Added:05/15/2017

WATERLOO REGION - Twenty-eight people have died of opioid-related overdoses in Waterloo Region since January, say Waterloo Regional Police.

And the culprit is suspected to be fentanyl.

Police say they can't be certain, but they believe the deadly drug is contributing to the number of calls police and paramedics are responding to in the region.

The numbers are climbing fast. Last year, 15 to 20 people in total died of overdoses because of fentanyl, said Staff Sgt. Slodan Lackovic, head of drug branch.

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23 CN ON: Change Is Coming With Marijuana LegislationTue, 09 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Latif, Anam Area:Ontario Lines:82 Added:05/09/2017

WATERLOO - It's a bold new world, Anne McLellan told a crowd of people at University of Waterloo on Monday. It's a world where marijuana will soon be legal.

"It's a world we have to get used to," she said. "We have to come to grips with the psychology of this change."

The former federal justice minister and deputy prime minister chaired the federal government's task force on the legalization and regulation of cannabis. It released a report with 80 recommendations.

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24 CN ON: PUB LTE: Untold BenefitsTue, 09 May 2017
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON) Author:Kingma, Garry Area:Ontario Lines:43 Added:05/09/2017

With a few exceptions, I understand as of July 1, 2018, it will no longer be a crime in for a person over age 18 to possess 30 grams or less of marijuana.

It will also be OK for a gardener to grow four or less plants for himself or herself.

Last time I tried smoking this stuff, I was in my twenties, so over forty years ago; but I'll give it a try again. At age 68, I don't worry so much now about what affect it might have on my future.

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25 CN ON: Only The Purest Pot Will DoTue, 09 May 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Carruthers, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:92 Added:05/09/2017

A Western professor says it's easier to do heroin research than his marijuana work

Steven Laviolette is trying to score some pot, but not just any marijuana will do.

The Western University neuroscientist is sourcing pure tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component in cannabis that gives users the euphoric high feeling.

Unlike a gram of marijuana that can be bought for $10 on the street or at an illegal dispensary, the same amount of pure THC costs more than $2,000 and is nearly impossible to find in Canada, said Laviolette, who researches marijuana's effect on the brain.

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26CN ON: Leader Of Pot Panel Tries To Assuage Worries Over LegalizedSat, 06 May 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Schmidt, Doug Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:05/08/2017

Chill out, Windsor.

The head of the task force which recommended Canada legalize cannabis said cities like Windsor need to prepare but that they shouldn't fear going to pot.

While "people are right to be concerned" about how Ottawa proceeds with legalization and regulation, Anne McLellan told the Star that members of her task force were satisfied that places like Colorado and Washington - two of a growing number of American states where pot has been legalized - are going in the right direction.

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27 CN ON: Column: Drugs And Federal Politics A Combustible MixSat, 06 May 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Delacourt, Susan Area:Ontario Lines:106 Added:05/08/2017

No one plans to acquire a drug problem over the course of a lifetime - and neither do governments.

Yet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government is nearing its midpoint in power surrounded by drug problems: serious issues to confront about legal, illegal and almost-legal substances. Two years ago, as they campaigned for office, most of these issues were not high (pardon the pun) on the Liberals' agenda.

First, the legal drugs. The federal Liberals' old allies at Queen's Park threw a deliberate curveball at Ottawa in the latest provincial budget when they introduced pharmacare for all Ontario health-card holders under the age of 25.

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28 CN ON: Column: Drugs, Legal And Illegal, On Agenda In OttawaSat, 06 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Delacourt, Susan Area:Ontario Lines:106 Added:05/08/2017

No one plans to acquire a drug problem over the course of a lifetime - and neither do governments.

Yet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government is nearing its midpoint in power surrounded by drug problems: serious issues to confront about legal, illegal and almost-legal substances. Two years ago, as they campaigned for office, most of these issues were not high (pardon the pun) on the Liberals' agenda.

First, the legal drugs. The federal Liberals' old allies at Queen's Park threw a deliberate curveball at Ottawa in the latest provincial budget when they introduced pharmacare for all Ontario health-card holders under the age of 25.

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29CN ON: Pot Shop Clerk Charged With Drug Trafficking At The Centre OfThu, 04 May 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:05/08/2017

Patients need and want dispensary access, and people have been helping patients in the dispensary model for almost twenty years.

An Ottawa lawyer is launching a constitutional challenge to Canada's medical marijuana laws as part of his defence of a pot shop clerk charged with drug trafficking.

Three days have been set aside in an Ottawa court in May 2018 to hear the challenge.

He's still formulating the case, said lawyer Yavar Hameed.

However, Hameed said he may employ some of the arguments that have been used in past successful court challenges.

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30 CN ON: LTE: Marijuana Legalization Not Worth RevenueThu, 04 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Tobin, Rod Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:05/08/2017

Re: Marijuana sales to be 'unbelievable' - May 1

For my thesis as a requirement of a master's degree, I chose to interview 30 members of a long-term drug rehab centre.

Members had to be addicted to hard drugs such as cocaine and heroine.

Of the overall members, 29 out of 30 reported their drug of choice initially was marijuana. This drug led to a need for something "stronger."

Regulating cannabis likely would not have the effect of driving criminals out of business.

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31CN ON: Editorial: Hazy On Pot PardonsSat, 06 May 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Dawson, Tyler Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:05/08/2017

It appears the prime minister is blowing smoke out of both sides of his mouth.

Justin Trudeau is insisting that Canada's police officers continue enforcing marijuana laws until the drug is legalized, even while musing recently to Vice Media that perhaps there should be pardons for those convicted of marijuana possession.

That stance sends mixed signals. It's simply too early for the discussion. Trudeau should have held off on such speculation until after marijuana becomes legal.

Instead, intentionally or not, the prime minister has set the government down a complicated path - much as he did with promises of legalization in the first place.

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32 CN ON: LTE: Plan To Legalize Marijuana FlawedMon, 08 May 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:55 Added:05/08/2017

As Canada joins Uruguay as the only two countries to legalize marijuana, our country is about to see wholesale changes, the most obvious being the degradation of our cities.

Anyone who has visited Amsterdam or Seattle can attest to this fact. Colorado and Washington states found with legalization came 'black market sales' by organized crime, thus allowing young people to buy it.

Legalization takes away the negative stigma and both states found more use by young people. Yet, the Trudeau government is falsely claiming legalization of this drug is the best way to keep organized crime out of the black market and its sales to our kids. Funny enough, organized crime has likely been supplying some medical marijuana on the black market in Canada.

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33 CN ON: T.O. Potheads Go GlobalSun, 07 May 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Henri, Veronica Area:Ontario Lines:42 Added:05/07/2017

Bud boosters turn out for annual march

Tables of baked goods, bongs, dabs, flags and buds were readily for sale in Queen's Park North Saturday.

Toronto's 19th annual Global Marijuana March resembled a circus atmosphere with barkers looking for buds - and all things relating to pot culture - before the crowd in attendance weaved through city streets, puffing freely and cheering for their drug of choice with Princess of Pot Jodi Emery leading the way.

"Hopefully next year it should be legal and celebrated," event organizer Neev Tapiero said.

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34 CN ON: LTE: Drug Root CauseTue, 02 May 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Day, Don Area:Ontario Lines:30 Added:05/06/2017

Concerning the increase of drug overdoses, it seems that governments, media, and the medical profession are more interested in blaming drugs than examining the reason(s) why Canadians are using drugs.

Could it be that by pushing the acceptance of marijuana, Trudeau is encouraging the use of other drugs?

Don Day

Orleans



(Surely it's not helping - but to his credit, Trudeau has been clear about the evils of hard drugs.)

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35 CN ON: Street Team Has Dealers' NumberWed, 03 May 2017
Source:Simcoe Reformer, The (CN ON) Author:Sonnenberg, Monte Area:Ontario Lines:81 Added:05/06/2017

The Norfolk OPP's Street Team is mowing down drug dealers in 2017 with such precision that a senior member of the force wonders why criminals even bother.

The local force mounted 24 drug-related investigations through the first three months of this year. All but one resulted in arrests and charges.

"People aren't getting the message," Staff Sgt. Joe Varga said at last week's meeting of Norfolk's Police Services Board. "If you are going to do this in Norfolk County, you're going to get caught."

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36 CN ON: PUB LTE: Trudeau Has It Right On MarijuanaWed, 03 May 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Vesprini, John Area:Ontario Lines:32 Added:05/06/2017

Marijuana has been a concern of late. I am not a user. I feel that Trudeau government has it right. Prohibition of alcohol was never fully imposed in Canada but it was in the United States. Prior to prohibition being enacted in the United States, bars were dominated by men. During prohibition, speakeasies began to pop up and were more appealing to women. Therefore more alcohol was consumed. Also, it unknowingly fostered criminal organizations that are still here today.

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37 CN ON: Column: Pot Act Misses An Entrepreneurial OpportunityTue, 02 May 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Shkimba, Margaret Area:Ontario Lines:101 Added:05/06/2017

I envision a future where users can buy a gram from the little old lady next door

I don't want to write another LRT column, but I did want to say thank you to the councillors who voted in favour of the LRT for the 53rd time. Or is that the 54th? Does the vote to defer the vote count as a vote? Thank you to those who changed their position from "No" to "Yes". For those who voted "No", I hope you have the grace to accept the will of the people and get on board this exciting new phase of Hamilton's development.

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38 CN ON: Cleanup Yields More Used SyringesTue, 02 May 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Ball, Vincent Area:Ontario Lines:82 Added:05/06/2017

An environmental group has collected another 50 used needles from Mohawk Lake.

"That's a lot of used needles and we were only out there for an hour-and-a-half," said Tracey Bucci, of the Grand River Environmental Group, whose cleanup effort at Mohawk Park on Saturday attracted 13 volunteers.

"It has really become a major problem.

"Most of them had caps on them but many did not and that's a safety concern for people, especially young children and pets."

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39 CN ON: Puzzling Out All The Practicalities Of PotTue, 02 May 2017
Source:Metro (Ottawa, CN ON) Author:Tumilty, Ryan Area:Ontario Lines:54 Added:05/06/2017

City's health authority looks to cigarettes for guidelines

You likely won't be able to smoke marijuana anywhere you can't smoke cigarettes today when pot becomes legal next year.

But that's just one of the challenges Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is working out.

The Liberal government's plan to legalize marijuana by July 2018 was released in April, and provinces are next to set up rules about how the drug can be sold.

After that, municipalities will set their own rules.

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40CN ON: Public Health Ponders Restrictions On Pot UseMon, 01 May 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Laucius, Joanne Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:05/06/2017

There are a lot of unknowns about how marijuana will be consumed when federal legislation kicks in next year.

One of the biggest: Where will users legally be able to use cannabis? It's a question Ottawa Public Health is considering. It is also speaking to other municipal agencies, and it might expand its consultations to include health and social service agencies and early intervention and treatment agencies.

The city's health authority does not want pot to be smoked in cannabis cafes similar to the "coffee shops" of Amsterdam. However, it is speaking with local stakeholders "to assess the local implications of cannabis legalization, including the potential for designated spaces for some marijuana users."

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41 CN ON: LTE: Bono Nailed ItSun, 30 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Auld, Mary Area:Ontario Lines:44 Added:05/03/2017

Re "Tale of two drug busts" (Mark Bonokoski, April 27): Thank you, Mark! Someone who is as enraged as I am after listening to Trudeau boasting at his town hall meeting that his father "obstructed justice" to get his brother off the hook for possession of marijuana, something you and I would have been charged with.

The very fact, listening to him, that he sees nothing wrong with this, shows clearly his contempt for Canadian law, and for Canadians. He is ignoring the laws we have in allowing unvetted illegal migrants to flood into our country and has admitted, freely, that his father ignored the laws regarding possession of marijuana in 1998.

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42 CN ON: Fentanyl Continues To Wreak HavocFri, 28 Apr 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Crosier, Steph Area:Ontario Lines:120 Added:05/03/2017

Naloxone kits are flying off the shelves at local pharmacies and the Street Health Centre, as fentanyl continues its disastrous wave across eastern Ontario.

Dr. Meredith Mackenzie, a physician at the centre, said on Wednesday that its clients are listening to their advice and reading news reports and are making an effort to curb their use, but it's not working.

"People are much more aware of the drug contamination problem," Mackenzie said. "That means people are using more safely, they're using less, but they are still overdosing, even though they have a big tolerance. We're seeing people with high-opioid tolerance overdosing on smaller amounts of drugs."

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43 CN ON: Column: Will Our Pot Laws Go To Pot?Sat, 29 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Woloshyn, Ted Area:Ontario Lines:101 Added:05/03/2017

A number of years ago when then U.S. president Bill Clinton was asked if he had ever smoked marijuana, his response was, "I tried it, but I didn't inhale."

I'm glad I wasn't inhaling or swallowing when I heard him because I probably would have gagged.

I thought to myself, "poor man, he never had a chance".

Well Mr. President, please accept my personal invitation to join Canadians next summer and inhale away - just don't drive.

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44 CN ON: He Saved 17 People But Police Want To Jail HimSun, 30 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Contenta, Sandro Area:Ontario Lines:394 Added:05/01/2017

Mark Baratta works with drug users on the front lines of Ontario's opioid epidemic. But as deaths mount, Baratta's story illustrates how far society has to go to end the crisis . . . if it so chooses

Like most people who might be called heroes, Mark Baratta shies away from the label. A lean and purposeful man, Baratta has saved 17 people, each on separate occasions. He chalks it up, with a shrug of his shoulders, to keeping his head in the presence of death.

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45 CN ON: Column: Tale Of Two Drug BustsWed, 26 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Ontario Lines:102 Added:05/01/2017

"My father had a couple of connections," said Justin Trudeau.

"No s---!" cried the peasants.

These would be the same peasants, by the way, with no connections whatsoever, whose father was not a former prime minister still worshipped by the progressives and the elites, who wouldn't know a good lawyer from an ambulance chaser (and could not afford either), and who have no strings to pull in either law enforcement or the judiciary because they are just another sad face in a teeming court system overflowing with sad faces.

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46 CN ON: 'Abject Hypocrisy' From PM: MulcairWed, 26 Apr 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Kirkup, Kristy Area:Ontario Lines:90 Added:05/01/2017

NDP leader accuses Trudeau of having double standard on marijuana

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau smoked marijuana as an MP but he has not suffered the same consequences as Canadians who are slapped with simple pot charges, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said Tuesday - an example, he says, of "abject hypocrisy."

Mulcair took aim at Trudeau for his assertion that he wants to make things fairer for those facing pot-possession charges once marijuana becomes legal - a comment he made during a segment with Vice Canada on Monday.

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47 CN ON: Editorial High Taxes On Pot Will Help CriminalsWed, 26 Apr 2017
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:59 Added:04/30/2017

If the federal Liberals insist on legalizing marijuana before July 1, 2018, then they need to get it right.

Canadians are learning that's easier said than done.

There are many hurdles - from health to enforcement to taxation - that the feds, provinces and families need to grapple with before then.

As Conservative leadership candidate and doctor Kellie Leitch wrote in a recent Sun guest column, medical research shows "young people who use marijuana have lower high school graduation rates, which puts their future in jeopardy. Worse, the science shows that marijuana use in 18- to 25-year-olds can result in brain deformities." It's information like this that's left many observers calling for the minimum age to be raised higher than 18, which is what's currently in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's proposed Cannabis Act.

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48 CN ON: Pot Laws Will Be UpheldWed, 26 Apr 2017
Source:Northern News (CN ON) Author:Sherrett, Brad Area:Ontario Lines:56 Added:04/30/2017

KLOPP commander says laws will be enforced, whatever they are

KIRKLAND LAKE - With the federal government's new marijuana legislation on the horizon, Kirkland Lake OPP Detachment Commander Rick Witty says his detachment "will gladly enforce the law as we always have."

He adds there are things that will change in terms of enforcement but again they will enforce the law, no matter what is is.

The suite of bills - which would establish 18 as the minimum legal age to buy pot - was introduced in the House of Commons by Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, Health Minister Jane Philpott and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

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49 CN ON: Pm Panned For Cannabis-Pardon RemarksWed, 26 Apr 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:White, Patrick Area:Ontario Lines:109 Added:04/30/2017

NDP Leader criticizes Trudeau for the 'abject hypocrisy' over issue of expunging marijuana-possession charges from criminal records

The federal NDP is accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of hypocrisy for using an anecdote about his late brother to highlight equity gaps in the country's current marijuana laws without making any commitment to fix them.

On Monday, Mr. Trudeau recounted the story of how his father, former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, pulled strings within the legal community to expunge a marijuana-possession charge against his late son Michel.

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50 CN ON: Pot Discussion Coming To SarniaTue, 25 Apr 2017
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Schilz, Melissa Area:Ontario Lines:85 Added:04/30/2017

Lambton Public Health to host discussion on youth perceptions of marijuana

Lambton Public Health is offering a session for parents and other members of the public who want to learn more about youth perceptions on marijuana.

Anna McKiernan, of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, released a report in January detailing discussion among youth about the effects of cannabis use. The Ottawa-based research and policy analyst will be in Sarnia May 4 to present her findings and to answer questions.

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