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1 CN ON: Oped: Law Not The Top Drug Use IssueThu, 23 Mar 2017
Source:Sun Times, The (Owen Sound, CN ON) Author:Perras, Floyd Area:Ontario Lines:84 Added:03/24/2017

Ronald Reagan once quipped that the government's view of the economy could be summed up as follows: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it.

For better or for worse, the Canadian government seems to have decided that marijuana has been on the move long enough to start taxing and regulating it.

For the uninitiated, legalizing marijuana would mean that the drug would be available for purchase but regulated by the government -- similar to alcohol or tobacco. The difference is that marijuana is far cheaper to produce at scale than either of those two.

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2 CN ON: Cops Raid Pot Shop AgainThu, 23 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Boland, Jack Area:Ontario Lines:58 Added:03/24/2017

Marijuana, cash seized from Cannabis Culture stores

Cannabis Culture has been clipped again.

The Broadview Ave. and Queen St. E. pot shop was raided just after noon Wednesday by uniformed and undercover Toronto Police officers.

Two warrants were executed by police at the Leslieville location and a second one at St. Clair Ave. E. in East York, according to a Toronto Police spokesman.

Before 2 p.m., several large evidence bags yielded copious amounts of bud, cash and unknown containers, which were loaded into the rear of a police minivan on Queen E.

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3 CN ON: Police Still Probing Marijuana DispensaryWed, 22 Mar 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mercer, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:103 Added:03/24/2017

While Green Tree workers face charges, not much is known about operator

KITCHENER - While four employees arrested at a Kitchener marijuana dispensary face ongoing criminal charges, the owner who actually pocketed the proceeds from the illegal sales is nowhere to be found.

When police raided Green Tree Medical Dispensary on King Street, they seized $17,000 in cash, plus almost $27,000 in marijuana and $5,400 in hashish.

Investigators knew the store was doing brisk business, but who was collecting all that money remains murky.

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4 CN ON: Column: Selling marijuana: First, Do No HarmTue, 14 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Agar, Jerry Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:03/17/2017

For those who believe there is no potential harm from illegal marijuana stores in the city, consider Shelley Marshall's story.

Marshall is a suicide survivor who wrote and performs her story through her excellent, one-woman play: Hold Mommy's Cigarette.

She strongly believes in medical marijuana for medicinal purposes and is for legalization, but with regulations.

Her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will never completely disappear, but, she says: "You can get the symptoms to go away if you take care of yourself and if you are in the good company of people who care."

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5 CN ON: Column: Selling marijuana: First, Do No HarmTue, 14 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Agar, Jerry Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:03/17/2017

For those who believe there is no potential harm from illegal marijuana stores in the city, consider Shelley Marshall's story.

Marshall is a suicide survivor who wrote and performs her story through her excellent, one-woman play: Hold Mommy's Cigarette.

She strongly believes in medical marijuana for medicinal purposes and is for legalization, but with regulations.

Her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will never completely disappear, but, she says: "You can get the symptoms to go away if you take care of yourself and if you are in the good company of people who care."

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6 CN ON: Film Festival Takes On Tough TopicWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Sentinel Review (CN ON) Author:Chessell, Bruce Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:03/17/2017

Young filmmakers in Oxford County will have the chance to take on a tough topic: The effects of drugs and substance abuse.

The Oxford Drug Awareness Committee (ODAC) is asking young people between the ages of 14 to 24 across Oxford County to make and submit a short three-minute video that illustrates the effects of substance use relating to one of four topics: Overdose, alcohol, marijuana and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The videos should be well researched and can use different film methods like live-action, animation or claymation.

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7 CN ON: Owner Of Busted Cannabis Dispensary Pleads Guilty To TwoWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Northumberland Today (CN ON) Author:Fisher, Pete Area:Ontario Lines:52 Added:03/17/2017

COBOURG - The owner of a full service pot dispensary store that was busted last year pleaded guilty to two charges in February in Cobourg court.

South Shore Wellness - Full Service Cannabis Dispensary, which was located at 8987 County Road 45 in Roseneath, was busted on Aug. 17, 2016 by members of the Ontario Provincial Police Central East Drug Unit, assisted by Northumberland OPP.

The operator of the facility, Timothy Tucker, was arrested at the scene and taken away in handcuffs. He faced four charges under the Criminal Code including using a forged document, possession for the purpose of trafficking (marijuana), proceeds of crime (less than $5,000) and possession for the purpose of trafficking (cannabis resin).

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8 CN ON: Marijuana Legislation In Spring - MPWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Hamilton-McCharles, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:79 Added:03/17/2017

'We'd rather take our time and do it right than rush into something and regret it later'

Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Anthony Rota expects to see legislation this spring to legalize marijuana.

The challenge, Rota says, is "making sure we get it right.

"We need to make sure we have it dispensed to places children can't get to, making sure that only adults can get to it and people of age," he said Tuesday.

"That is what is taking the most time right now. I was talking to Bill Blair (parliamentary secretary to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould) and he was saying we're likely to have something this spring. "We'd rather take our time and do it right than rush into something and regret it later. It comes down to how we regulate it and how we regulate the distribution"

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9 CN ON: LTE: Move To Legalize Marijuana QuestionableWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:50 Added:03/17/2017

"Six workers arrested in marijuana dispensaries raid," March 11

Just this week a report was released saying smoking marijuana can do the same serious damage to lungs as tobacco, which is common sense. The U.K. has done extensive studies showing young people who smoke marijuana have a greatly enhanced chance of suffering psychosis and other mental issues later in life. There is no easy roadside test for drivers in Canada believed to have smoked up. (In Colorado, traffic deaths have gone up substantially since it legalized pot).

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10 CN ON: Smoke AlarmThu, 16 Mar 2017
Source:NOW Magazine (CN ON) Author:Delamont, Kieran Area:Ontario Lines:99 Added:03/17/2017

Police crackdown on Cannabis Culture dispensaries clouds future of Prince of Pot

The faint smell of marijuana smoke hung in the halls of Old City Hall on Friday, March 10; dozens had turned out for the bail hearing of Cannabis Culture dispensary owners Marc and Jodie Emery.

Bail conditions for Cannabis Culture's Marc Emery include his not being involved in operation of the stores.

The "Prince and Princess of Pot" were arrested, along with Chris Goodwin, Erin Goodwin and Britney Guerra, on Wednesday night and charged with a raft of marijuana-related offences, including trafficking and possession of the proceeds of crime. The arrests were part of Project Gator, a nationwide operation coordinated by Toronto police specifically targeting six Cannabis Culture locations in Toronto and Hamilton and Cannabis Culture's magazine offices in Vancouver, where computers were seized but no charges were laid against staff. Two Cannabis Culture stores in Ottawa were also raided, although police say those were not connected to Project Gator.

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11 CN ON: Tory Backs Police Raids To Weed Out Pot DispensariesMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Powell, Betsy Area:Ontario Lines:71 Added:03/17/2017

Mayor backs legalization, but says cannabis capitalism has jumped the gun in the city

Mayor John Tory "strongly supports" the latest Toronto police crackdown on marijuana dispensaries even though the federal government will soon introduce legislation to legalize pot.

While Tory says he supports legalization, the people who have been selling pot out of city storefronts have jumped the gun.

"I just think when you have a law that you have to make your best efforts to enforce it," he said Friday, a day after the raids on pot shops in Toronto, Vancouver and Hamilton.

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12 CN ON: Police Keep A Close Eye On DispensariesTue, 14 Mar 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mercer, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:125 Added:03/17/2017

Five were warned they're at risk of being raided; one operator says he can't let 'our patients' down

KITCHENER - Waterloo Regional Police say they've warned five illegal marijuana dispensaries in the region they're at risk of being raided if they continue to flout the laws around selling cannabis.

After getting visits from officers and written warnings, several of the dispensaries have shut down. One that refused - Green Tree Medical Dispensary - was busted Friday by police, who seized $26,800 in pot, $5,400 in hash, edibles and $17,000 in cash.

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13 CN ON: PUB LTE: Raids On Pot Shops Not The AnswerMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Barclay, D. Scott Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:03/17/2017

Re Police raid Cannabis Culture shops across Canada following arrest of 'Prince' and 'Princess of Pot,' March 9 We need 21st-century Untouchables.

In the face of the unprecedented epidemic of opioid and other hard-drug deaths, lethal drugs pushed on street corners in full view and a record number of stabbings in Toronto, police instead choose the easy busts: cannabis shops.

Why? Because it's safe. In fact, they won't touch organized crime gangs for two reasons. It's dangerous and they are not directed to. It's no secret that criminal organizations threaten anyone who tries to bring them down. And who is willing to put his family in danger?

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14 CN ON: Pot Dispensary BustedMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mercer, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:03/17/2017

Police say they seized $26,800-worth of marijuana; four people arrested

KITCHENER - After issuing warnings to the region's growing number of unlicensed marijuana dispensaries, Waterloo Regional Police raided a prominent downtown cannabis retailer - seizing significant quantities of pot and cash.

The Friday-night bust at Green Tree Medical Dispensary on King Street East came after an investigation that began last month into the businesses, which the police say remain illegal despite changing legislation on the horizon.

Four people, three women and a male employee, were arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking in the raid. Officers loaded large bags of pot, hash, edible pot products and drinks into vehicles as they cleared out the downtown shop.

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15 CN ON: Public High Schools Getting Naloxone KitsMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON) Author:Bedford, Sabrina Area:Ontario Lines:86 Added:03/17/2017

UCDSB has been blitzing schools with Fentanyl awareness campaign

BROCKVILLE - As the region's police and health officials grapple with a growing opioid problem, the public school board is also brainstorming ways to keep its students safe from a drug that's becoming prevalent.

In response to fentanyl alerts issued by local public health agencies this year, the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) has deployed staff members to meet with school support teams to look at how to best reduce drug and substance use.

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16CN ON: Emerys' 'Stripped Of Everything'Sun, 12 Mar 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

Couple behind Cannabis Culture ordered to cut all ties with business after arrests

The business empire built by Canada's "Prince and Princess of Pot" is on the verge of collapse.

Marc and Jodie Emery have been ordered to cease operating their Cannabis Culture dispensary business after they were arrested Wednesday at Pearson Airport while on their way to catch a flight to Barcelona, Jodie said Saturday in a phone call from Toronto.

Emery said that they were taken into custody by plainclothes officers as they exited an Uber vehicle and were later strip-searched and detained.

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17 CN ON: Blair Sparks Legal-Marijuana DebateThu, 16 Mar 2017
Source:Barrie Examiner (CN ON) Author:Bruton, Bob Area:Ontario Lines:110 Added:03/16/2017

This spring's federal legislation is just the spark for legalizing marijuana in Canada, says the government's point man.

"This is a process, not an event," said Bill Blair, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, who was in Barrie on Wednesday.

"Bringing forward federal legislation ... enables the important work of developing that strict regulatory framework that controls production, distribution and consumption."

The Liberals have committed to introducing legislation for cannabis legalization in the spring.

Blair, MP for Scarborough Southwest, is on a cross-country tour to discuss this issue, meeting with Canadians and various stakeholders.

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18 CN ON: Compassion Club Closes Its DoorsThu, 16 Mar 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mercer, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:116 Added:03/16/2017

KITCHENER - Medical marijuana users in Waterloo Region are wondering where to turn now that the city's oldest compassion club has closed its doors following a recent police crackdown on local pot dispensaries.

Organix Compassion shut down voluntarily Tuesday following a raid on another Kitchener dispensary, Green Tree Medical Dispensary. The pressure from police has struck fear into the region's pot dispensaries, who say they've stopped selling marijuana following warnings from the authorities.

But for the 700 or so members of Kitchener's Organix Compassion club, it means they're scrambling to find new ways to get cannabis to treat a range of medical conditions from nausea caused by cancer to arthritis to chronic pain.

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19 CN ON: Column: Prescribing A Solution To Opioid AddictionThu, 16 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Reevely, David Area:Ontario Lines:126 Added:03/16/2017

City health authorities considering heroin to treat addicts

Ottawa's health unit supports prescribing heroin to treat severe addicts and at least one treatment clinic is considering it as the city fights the rising rates of overdoses from it and similar opioid drugs.

"We really see it as more an extension of our opiate substitution therapy program than part of our supervised injection efforts," said Rob Boyd, the head of the drug-treatment programs at the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre on Rideau Street. Boyd has been leading the charge to add an injection site to the centre's existing methadone clinic.

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20 CN ON: LTE: Pot PitfallsWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Webb, Bill Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:03/15/2017

One of the main reasons for Justin Trudeau's successful election, was the promise of legalizing marijuana. However, there has been little discussion on the effects of ongoing marijuana use, and the link to lung cancer, or any other health problems.

Although the writings in the Harm Reduction Journal say cigarette smoke, and marijuana smoke, have some similar chemical properties, they are not equally carcinogenic.

However, a Florida jury a few years ago awarded $23 billion to a widow of a chain smoker, who died of lung cancer, in a lawsuit against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. I wonder if Trudeau has put a bit of our money aside for such an event?

Bill Webb

Ottawa



(Add that on top of what we'll be paying in health care costs for these peopleĀ…)

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21CN ON: Health Unit, Clinic Support Prescribing HeroinWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Reevely, David Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/15/2017

Ottawa's health unit supports prescribing heroin to treat severe addicts and at least one treatment clinic is considering it as the city fights the rising rates of overdoses from it and similar opioid drugs.

"We really see it as more an extension of our opiate substitution therapy program than part of our supervised injection efforts," said Rob Boyd, the head of the drug-treatment programs at the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre on Rideau Street. Boyd has been leading the charge to add an injection site to the centre's existing methadone clinic.

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22CN ON: Emerys In Jail After Pot Shop RaidsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

'Prince' and 'Princess of Pot' face several drug-related charges after Toronto arrest

Marc and Jodie Emery, Vancouver's first couple of cannabis, have been arrested, as police across the country raided seven of the couple's Cannabis Culture marijuana dispensaries, including a shop on West Hastings and a residence in Vancouver.

The Emerys were charged Thursday with drug-related offences in Toronto, after raids in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver. They are due back in Toronto court this morning.

The self-styled "Princess of Pot" were arrested Wednesday as they went to board a plane at Toronto's Pearson International Airport for a cannabis expo in Spain.

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23 CN ON: Pot Crusaders Nabbed At Airport Before Police Raid Their ShopsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Powell, Betsy Area:Ontario Lines:113 Added:03/11/2017

Stores and homes in Ontario, Vancouver hit in 'Project Gator'

Prominent pot crusaders Marc and Jodie Emery will appear in a Toronto court for a bail hearing Friday after police raided the couple's seven marijuana dispensaries in Toronto, Vancouver and Hamilton.

The Emerys, purportedly en route to a cannabis expo in Spain, were arrested at Pearson airport Wednesday evening and charged with several drugrelated offences, including trafficking and possession for that purpose. They made a brief court appearance Thursday.

"Marc, of course, plans to fight as hard as he can and as he always has for the true legalization of cannabis and the end of all arrests in Canada, as does Jodie," B.C. lawyer Kirk Tousaw said in a TV interview from Vancouver.

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24 CN ON: Column: Room For Everyone To Get A BuzzFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Warmington, Joe Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:03/11/2017

You'd think they'd be out of doobies.

Even after Toronto Police cleaned the place out of all their pot, the stench of marijuana was ripe inside the store.

Police took out tens of thousands of dollars worth of product from envelopes and jars. But they didn't get it all. Staff found police left behind some rolled joints and undetected envelopes of pot.

The smiling group, who got off on warnings by the same police who did charge owners Marc and Jodie Emery, quickly rolled and sparked up the spoils in defiance right in front me and colleagues Maryam Shah and photographer Craig Robertson. The message was clear. "We will be open again tomorrow," general manager Jamie McConnell insisted. "When you are in the pot dispensary business, you expect this."

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25 CN ON: Weed Renegades Vow To ReopenFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Shah, Maryam Area:Ontario Lines:75 Added:03/11/2017

Cop raids on pot shops catch staff by surprise

"Oh great." That's the first thought 26-year-old Rebecca said she had when she saw police officers enter the Cannabis Culture store on Queen St., near Broadview, in a Thursday morning raid that targeted the chain of dispensaries nationwide.

"I actually didn't have much of a reaction time," she said, declining to provide her last name, but identifying herself as one of five employees at the store. "I couldn't even yell, 'Raid!' "

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26CN ON: 'Prince And Princess Of Pot' Face Charges After Swoop On ShopsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Cameron, Peter Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

TORONTO - Prominent marijuana activists Marc and Jodie Emery were charged with multiple drug-related offences in Toronto on Thursday after police in several cities raided pot dispensaries associated with the couple.

The self-styled "Prince" and "Princess of Pot" were arrested at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Wednesday evening. They appeared briefly in a courtroom on Thursday afternoon before police announced the full list of charges they faced.

Marc Emery faces 15 counts, including conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime, while Jodie Emery is charged with five similar counts.

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27 CN ON: T.O. Police Raid Hamilton DispensaryFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Hayes, Molly Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:03/11/2017

Hours earlier, activists Marc and Jodie Emery were arrested at Pearson

Toronto police raided a Hamilton dispensary Thursday morning just hours after two prominent Canadian marijuana activists were arrested at Pearson airport.

Undercover officers raided the Hamilton location of Cannabis Culture on King Street East - easy to spot from its bright green exterior, between Walnut and Wellington streets - manager Rex Mekkem said.

"I'm just letting people know. Metro Toronto is raiding the Hamilton store," Mekkem said in a live cellphone video posted to his Facebook page Thursday just before noon.

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28CN ON: Emerys Arrested After Pot Shop RaidsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

Dispensaries: First couple of cannabis face multiple charges after police operations in B.C. and Ontario

Marc and Jodie Emery, Vancouver's first couple of cannabis, have been arrested as police across the country raided seven of the couple's Cannabis Culture marijuana dispensaries, including a shop on West Hastings and a residence in Vancouver.

The Emerys were charged Thursday with drug-related offences in Toronto after raids in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver. They are due back in Toronto court this morning.

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29 CN ON: Mayor: Stop Breaking The LawSat, 11 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Jeffords, Shawn Area:Ontario Lines:40 Added:03/11/2017

The law is law. And until it changes, Mayor John Tory said he supports efforts by the Toronto Police to shut down marijuana dispensaries.

Police this week executed a series of raids and arrested well-known pot activists Marc and Jodie Emery.

Tory said not only is the illegal sale of weed a matter police should deal with, he supports an injunction filed by city lawyers that attempts to shut down a chain of dispensaries.

Tory said the city will argue that shops are violating city zoning rules by illegally selling pot.

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30 CN ON: Weed 'Royalty' FreedSat, 11 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Connor, Kevin Area:Ontario Lines:72 Added:03/11/2017

Emerys out on $30Gs bail in wake of pot shop cop raids

The "Prince" and "Princess" of pot scored bail of $30,000 each on Friday.

Marc and Jodie Emery - who own the Cannabis Culture brand - were arrested at Toronto International Airport Wednesday while travelling to a pot festival in Spain.

Police seized $250,000 in cash in several currencies, 65 kilos of marijuana and 2.4 kilos of cannabis extract and other drug paraphernalia after searching seven Cannabis Culture stores - five in Toronto - and several homes Thursday, Toronto Police said.

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31CN ON: Emerys, Associates Free On BailSat, 11 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

Conditions include not operating or being at pot shops

Canada's first couple of cannabis and three associates were released from jail Friday evening in Toronto after a string of arrests and raids over the previous two days that gripped the attention of legal observers and pot advocates across the country.

Marc and Jodie Emery, Canada's "Prince and Princess of Pot," were arrested Wednesday in Ontario. The following day, police in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver executed 11 search warrants, while three of the Emerys' associates in their Cannabis Culture dispensary franchise business were also arrested.

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32 CN ON: London Pot Shop Owners ChargedSat, 11 Mar 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Carruthers, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:77 Added:03/11/2017

The owners of three London pot shops are among eight people charged in a crackdown on marijuana dispensaries.

But a critic said he doubts the charges announced Friday by London police will hold up in court with Canada set to legalize the drug.

Five men and three women face a combined 24 counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking following police searches of five marijuana dispensaries across London on March 2.

Those charged include Mal McMeekin, 34, the Tasty Budd's franchise founder; Kara Barber, 30, owner of Healing Health; and Charles Colvin, 28, chief executive of the Chronic Hub.

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33 CN ON: Six Workers Arrested In Marijuana Dispensary RaidSat, 11 Mar 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Crosier, Steph Area:Ontario Lines:70 Added:03/11/2017

A downtown marijuana dispensary that opened earlier this week was raided by Kingston Police on Thursday night.

Sgt. Brad Brooker of the police's street crime unit said the investigation into CannaGreen started on Thursday and a Controlled Substances Act search warrant was executed at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Six employees were arrested at the scene: four currently live in Kingston and two hail from Ottawa. All are facing charges from police. Three customers filling out paperwork in the store were also present when the unit arrived, but were released.

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34CN ON: Cannabis Culture Reopens Just One Day After Police RaidSat, 11 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

The Cannabis Culture marijuana dispensary on Bank Street that was raided by police on Thursday reopened Friday morning.

The shop was back in business by 10:30 a.m., according to two people working at nearby businesses on Bank Street near James Street.

The Cannabis Culture franchise first opened two weeks ago.

Police arrested five men at the shop Thursday morning and charged each of them with five counts of possessing a Schedule II substance for the purpose of trafficking (marijuana, THC oil, THC shatter, hashish and CBD oil) and one count of possessing the proceeds of crime under $5,000.

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35 CN ON: Pot Activists Charged, Stores RaidedFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:70 Added:03/10/2017

TORONTO - Prominent marijuana activists Marc and Jodie Emery were charged with multiple drug-related offences in Toronto on Thursday after police in several cities raided pot dispensaries associated with the pair.

The self-styled "Prince" and "Princess of Pot" were arrested at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Wednesday evening. They appeared briefly in a courtroom on Thursday afternoon before police announced the full list of charges they faced.

Marc Emery faces 15 counts, including conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of proceeds of crime, while Jodie Emery is charged with five similar counts.

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36 CN ON: Getting High On SalviaFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Gamble, Susan Area:Ontario Lines:122 Added:03/10/2017

Use of hallucinogenic drug has recently sent at least three people to hospital

The first signs of a problem were sounds of retching from her 15-year-old son's bedroom and a thump.

Sandra and her boyfriend got up from their seats in the living room and ran to the Brantford teen's bedroom to find him having a seizure.

"He was convulsing and twisting in a grotesque way," says Sandra, who asked that her real name not be used.

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37 CN ON: LTE: PM Just WrongWed, 08 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Hansen, Bob Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:03/09/2017

On his recent Western road trip, the prime minister stated that the impending legalization of marijuana will take money out of gangs' pockets.

These are criminals he is talking about, and true to their nature they will continue with illegal (tax-free) money-making activities. Most likely gangs will intensify their efforts towards further introducing and increasing sales of highly profitable opioids and crack to our most vulnerable residents, thus replacing their pot-related income that the prime minister "took out of their pockets."

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38 CN ON: Column: Drug Counterfeiters Using Fentanyl Are Getting AwayTue, 07 Mar 2017
Source:Chatham Daily News, The (CN ON) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Ontario Lines:71 Added:03/09/2017

While it seems out of context for a career progressive, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has gone law-and-order rogue in his quest to stem the plague of fentanyl overdoses and deaths in the nation's capital.

He wants manslaughter charges laid against drug dealers if the illicit narcotics they peddle end up causing death. And he is not wrong in wanting this. The time is now to stop whistling past the graveyard, and ignoring the fact there is a fentanyl crisis that is not going away anytime soon - aided by the fact the lethal drug, 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin, is being laced into counterfeit pain killers disguised as known prescription narcotics of specific strengths.

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39 CN ON: LTE: Legalized Pot Will Produce ProblemsMon, 06 Mar 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:61 Added:03/09/2017

When Trudeau first floated the idea of legalizing marijuana, he obviously had two things in mind: getting the votes of those wanting to smoke it legally and the billions it would bring his government.

He obviously neglected to realize that if we cannot keep legalized tobacco products and alcohol out of the hands of our youth, how on earth does he think legalizing this drug will accomplish that? Once you make marijuana more easily accessible with legalization and remove the stigma from it more youths will get involved. Studies are finding young kids are getting marijuana in Colorado where it is legal and a big increase in traffic deaths since pot legalization took place.

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40 CN ON: Cop Gets 64 Hours Of Unpaid Work For Attending CannabisThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Bracebridge Examiner (CN ON) Author:Cooper, Brent Area:Ontario Lines:74 Added:03/09/2017

BRACEBRIDGE - A Bracebridge resident and OPP police officer found guilty of violating orders from his superiors not to attend a conference that discussed the legalization of marijuana has received his punishment.

Sgt. Dan Mulligan, who is a member of the Ontario Provincial Police's Aviation Services Section/Helicopter Unit, faced one count of discreditable conduct and two counts of insubordination during a Police Services Act tribunal in late November at the OPP's general headquarters in Orillia.

Adjudicator Superintendent Greg Walton last week found Mulligan guilty of discreditable conduct and one count of insubordination, but not guilty on the second count of insubordination.

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41 CN ON: Short-Lived Uxbridge Marijuana Dispensary Shut DownThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Uxbridge Times Journal, The (CN ON) Author:Dillon, Moya Area:Ontario Lines:67 Added:03/09/2017

First dispensary in north Uxbridge quickly closes after police warning

UXBRIDGE - The Weeds My Biz marijuana dispensary didn't see much business during its short-lived opening in downtown Uxbridge.

The dispensary opened for business briefly Feb. 24 in a storefront on the corner of Toronto and Main streets, but was quickly closed when an employee received notice from the police that the business was operating illegally.

"It's illegal to sell marijuana from a storefront," said Staff-Sergeant Cyril Gillis, patrol services leader for North Durham's 15 division, noting police have dealt with similar operations elsewhere in the region, such as Oshawa, but this was the first in north Durham.

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42 CN ON: Column: Time To End The SlaughterSun, 05 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Ontario Lines:98 Added:03/08/2017

Drug counterfeiters using fentanyl getting away with murder

While it seems out of context for a career progressive, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has gone law-and-order rogue in his quest to stem the plague of fentanyl overdoses and deaths in the nation's capital.

He wants manslaughter charges laid against drug dealers if the illicit narcotics they peddle end up causing death.

And he is not wrong in wanting this.

The time is now to stop whistling past the graveyard, and ignoring the fact there is a fentanyl crisis that is not going away anytime soon - aided by the fact the lethal drug, 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin, is being laced into counterfeit pain killers disguised as known prescription narcotics of specific strengths.

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43 CN ON: Fentanyl Likely On Their MindsSun, 05 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Davidson, Terry Area:Ontario Lines:47 Added:03/08/2017

The Fentanyl issue will more than likely be broached when Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson meets with Premier Kathleen Wynne on Monday. Officials from Watson's office confirmed Friday that while Monday's meeting will largely involve a chat about Ottawa's high-tech sector, the Fentanyl issue is almost certain to come up given the potentially deadly opioid has been at the centre of recent fatal overdoses in the nation's capital.

"It's something (the mayor) might bring up, yes," said Watson's spokesman Livia Belcea.

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44 CN ON: Police Raid Cannabis Culture For Second TimeThu, 02 Mar 2017
Source:Brant News (CN ON) Author:Toms, Colleen Area:Ontario Lines:108 Added:03/06/2017

Marijuana dispensary determined to make pot accessible, regardless of response of law enforcement

"We have nothing to hide," Cannabis Culture employee Mat Ferguson said about 30 minutes before Brantford police officers raided the facility for a second time in as many days.

After shutting down the Colborne Street West marijuana dispensary and arresting a 36-year-old Stoney Creek man who was charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime on Tuesday night, officers were back at the facility Friday laying charges against four other people.

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45 CN ON: Column: Legal Pot Gives Teens The Best ProtectionSat, 04 Mar 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:D'Amato, Luisa Area:Ontario Lines:72 Added:03/06/2017

Marijuana will soon be legal in Canada. But what does that mean for the safety of our teenagers?

The simple election promise made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, one which he shows every sign of keeping, turns out not to be simple at all. What kind of restrictions should there be around selling weed? Will it be tested so that we can be sure it's safe?

What should be the minimum age to buy it? Who's going to sell it? If the government taxes it, what should happen to the money? And what about impaired driving?

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46 CN ON: 'Where's The Fent?'Sat, 04 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Gillis, Megan Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:03/06/2017

AIDS Committee of Ottawa offering strips to test urine

A project launched this week by the AIDS Committee of Ottawa is offering urine test strips that reveal to people who have used drugs whether they've been unwittingly exposed to the powerful opioid fentanyl.

"We're hoping to give community members a free and simple way to find out whether or not they've been exposed to fentanyl through recent substance use and we're also hoping, if we can, to collect a bit of data on what those results might be," explained ACO harm reduction co-ordinator Caleb Chepesiuk.

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47CN ON: Test Strips Let Users See If They've Been Exposed To FentanylSat, 04 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Gillis, Megan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/06/2017

AIDS committee hopes to use results for study

A project launched this week by the AIDS Committee of Ottawa is offering urine test strips that reveal to people who have used drugs whether they've been unwittingly exposed to the powerful opioid fentanyl.

"We're hoping to give community members a free and simple way to find out whether or not they've been exposed to fentanyl through recent substance use and we're also hoping, if we can, to collect a bit of data on what those results might be," ACO harm reduction coordinator Caleb Chepesiuk said.

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48 CN ON: Pot Shops Expected To ReopenSat, 04 Mar 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Carruthers, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:03/06/2017

The head of a marijuana business association predicts some London pot shops targeted by a police crackdown will soon reopen.

Police raided five dispensaries across the city Thursday, arresting staff and seizing $170,000 worth of marijuana products and $3,200 cash.

"Of course they'll reopen. The bottom line is that cannabis is going to continue to be sold in London," said Ian Dawkins, president of the Cannabis Commerce Association of Canada, a national trade association that represents dispensaries and other marijuana-related businesses.

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49CN ON: Column: No Simple Solutions In The Opioid CrisisFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Egan, Kelly Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/06/2017

One thing is becoming clear about the city's opioid crisis: Nobody has any easy answers.

As a consequence, we're madly off in all directions, clinging to false hope, such as:

All we need is more youth treatment centres.

Not really. The terrifying thing about the two latest high-profile deaths is that we're likely not dealing with addicts, or even addiction. These were, evidently, young people experimenting with drugs, or only occasional users of pills.

How do 100 or 1,000 more treatment beds help a Teslin Russell, the promising 18-year-old who tragically died of an overdose Dec. 31, apparently the victim of "one bad pill"? There is no evidence, according to the account from her parents, of a pattern of drug use, let alone addiction.

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50CN ON: Local Opioids Death Rate Double Ontario AverageFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Cross, Brian Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/06/2017

A "huge spike" in local opioid-related deaths - an overdose death rate that's double the Ontario average - is one of the disturbing findings of a health unit report that is spurring officials to quickly collaborate on a plan of action.

"The gravity of the situation, it's prompting us to move faster," the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit's associate medical officer of health, Dr. Wajid Ahmed, said Thursday, expressing hope that a coalition of local police, paramedics, hospitals and health unit officials will devise "strong recommendations and actions to help our community," in the next few months.

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