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1 CN ON: Mix Of Medicial And Illegal Pot Brings FineThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Bowen, Neil Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:10/20/2017

After admitting the medicinal pot in his possession had been illegally supplemented by some non-medicinal pot, a Sarnia man again pleaded guilty Wednesday to drug possession - but to a different judge.

These "additional facts" temporarily put to rest a legal conundrum and likely a Canadian first - whether a lawful prescription becomes unlawful due to use - that delayed a decision on the drug possession charge originally expected in August.

Anthony Francis Barr, 27, of St. Clair Township near Sarnia, had previously pleaded guilty to both driving while impaired and to possessing marijuana. While convicted and fined $1,000 for the impaired driving charge by Justice Mark Hornblower, Barr's prescription for marijuana to deal with an anxiety condition made the possession charge hazier.

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2 CN ON: LTE: Pot Shops, Injection Site Snub Rule Of LawTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Warren, Sue Area:Ontario Lines:23 Added:10/20/2017

When did Ottawa become such an unlawful city? I can't believe that illegal pot shops and injection sites are allowed to operate. Why do the police and the city not have the gumption to shut them down?

What about taxpaying residents who want safe access for their families to this park? Their rights are being violated by the very people who are supposed to protect them. This is not right.

Sue Warren, Ottawa

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3 CN ON: City Firefighters To Have NaloxoneTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Sun Times, The (Owen Sound, CN ON) Author:Langlois, Denis Area:Ontario Lines:113 Added:10/20/2017

This is looking after our own people here as well as the public." Doug Barfoot, fire chief

Owen Sound firefighters will soon have a new tool at their disposal that could potentially save lives.

Fire Chief Doug Barfoot said within the next month or so, Owen Sound Fire & Emergency Services will begin carrying naloxone - the highly effective drug that can temporarily reverse an overdose by fentanyl or other opioids - on their main truck.

"We're trying to be proactive here," he said in an interview.

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4 CN ON: PUB LTE: Safe Injection Sites About JusticeMon, 16 Oct 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Hopkins, Tim Area:Ontario Lines:47 Added:10/20/2017

Re: Local safe injection sites urged for drug strategy (Oct. 11)

Medically supervised facilities for the administration and consumption of illicit drugs are proposed as a means to save lives, protect the community and help reduce illicit drug use itself. Of course, opponents disagree, either questioning their effectiveness, or objecting to the idea of enabling addiction and saving people from themselves. But, whatever their differences, people seem to agree that improved public health and social engineering are the primary objectives. I submit this is fundamentally misguided.

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5 CN ON: 49 FN Fund Medical PotMon, 16 Oct 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Meldrum, Emma Area:Ontario Lines:91 Added:10/20/2017

Nearly 50 First Nations communities - including at least two in the Timmins area - are investing in medical marijuana.

Matachewan and Wahgoshig First Nations are among the shareholders in DelShen Therapeutics, which is a licensed medical marijuana producer.

Jacob Taylor and Jonathan Araujo of the Pontiac Group have been helping to connect Ontario First Nations groups with the medical marijuana company for the past two years.

"This plant is a medicine, and our focus with DelShen Therapeutics has always been a medical focus, where other companies have a recreational focus," explained Araujo.

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6 CN ON: 2 Charged After Pot Shop RaidMon, 16 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:44 Added:10/20/2017

Ottawa police have staged another raid on an illegal marijuana dispensary, charging two people at the CannaGreen on Armstrong Street across from the Parkdale Market with drug trafficking.

"We continue to stress that there is no 'grey area' when it comes to storefront marijuana dispensaries," said a statement from Staff Sgt. Rick Carey. "They are and will continue to be illegal operations."

The raid conducted Friday appears to be part of a renewed effort by police to close down the city's illegal pot shops. On Oct. 3 police raided Cannabis Culture on Bank St., Dr. Greenthumb on Montreal Road and several outdoor grow-ops, arresting eight people. Both shops re-opened.

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7 CN ON: Editorial: Feds Must Ensure Medical Pot SupplyMon, 16 Oct 2017
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:64 Added:10/20/2017

There are concerns that once pot is legalized for recreational use, it'll be flying off the shelves at such a rate that those who justifiably need it for pain - medical users - won't be able to get their stash.

Cannabis growers have been expanding their operations as fast as possible, and Health Canada is issuing more licences, but it still might not be enough to meet the coming demand.

Some analysts expect a countrywide shortage once the cannabis market goes legit in July 2018.

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8 CN ON: OPED: The Opioid Crisis Is A Health Issue, Not A CriminalTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Novotna, Gabriela Area:Ontario Lines:116 Added:10/20/2017

According to the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI), the rate of opioid poisoning hospitalizations has been steadily on the rise with about 13 Canadians a day hospitalized for an opioid overdose in 2014-2015.

The over-prescription of opioids such as OxyContin, a painkiller previously thought to have a low potential for addiction, led first to the diversion of legal drugs to the illegal market, and later, to the dramatic expansion of the illegal production of fentanyl.

As the horror stories of addiction and death have multiplied, it is now clear that what was once a medical issue is now a population health crisis.

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9CN ON: Column: Ontario Should Have Legal Spots To Smoke PotTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Dawson, Tyler Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

Prohibition-era harms persist in heavily policed legal regime

"Sittin' downtown in a railway station," sing Brewer and Shipley, "one toke over the line."

Well, you can't smoke in a railway station these days (not in Canada, anyway). Or an office, a parkade or a barbershop. In Quebec, you can't even smoke outside a pub, unless you're nine metres from the door.

Where, once marijuana is legal, will one be allowed to smoke? Ottawa's bylaws, and the province's smoking laws, don't yet cover cannabis since it's presently illegal, and the province hasn't been totally consistent on what it's going to do come legalization.

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10 CN ON: Letter: Torn Over Safe Injection SitesTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Renout, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:39 Added:10/20/2017

Re: Local safe injection sites urged for drug strategy (Oct. 11)

Safe injection sites are being considered for Brantford following the model of Vancouver and, soon, Toronto. I am torn. My first visceral response is why should taxpayer dollars be used to promote drug use. My kinder gentler side (the side that usually wins) says safe injection sites don't legitimize drug use. Instead, they simply provide a safe environment so drug users don't die.

I don't have the answer but I hope that, if a safe injection site is funded, that counselling services are available to encourage drug users to leave the drug scene and return to a healthy productive lifestyle. I also hope that officials will be prudent and search for way to do this in a fiscally responsible manner.

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11 CN ON: Editorial: Feds Must Ensure Medical Pot SupplyMon, 16 Oct 2017
Source:Tribune, The (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:64 Added:10/20/2017

There are concerns that once pot is legalized for recreational use, it'll be flying off the shelves at such a rate that those who justifiably need it for pain - medical users - won't be able to get their stash.

Cannabis growers have been expanding their operations as fast as possible, and Health Canada is issuing more licences, but it still might not be enough to meet the coming demand.

Some analysts expect a countrywide shortage once the cannabis market goes legit in July 2018.

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12 CN ON: LTE: Second-Hand Pot Smoke KillsTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:McColl, Pamela Area:Ontario Lines:25 Added:10/19/2017

Re Pot firm will breathe new life into former plant in Cobourg, Oct. 14

Marijuana smoke is an identified carcinogen, with the risk of exposure as bad if not worse than that of tobacco smoke. In this rush to pot legalization and embrace of the emerging Big Pot industry it would be wise to not lose sight of the reality that second-hand smoke kills. There should be far more thought given to this reckless path Canada is heading down than the prospect of cold hard money.

Pamela McColl, Vancouver

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13 CN ON: Expansion Of Needle Collection WelcomeSat, 14 Oct 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Ball, Vincent Area:Ontario Lines:85 Added:10/14/2017

A plan to increase the availability of needle containers in the community is being welcomed by some city residents.

"I think it's a good idea," said Tracey Bucci, of the Grand River Environmental Group.

"It would help reduce the risk of innocent people and animals from becoming infected by discarded needles. However, addiction issues do still need to be addressed because that's the root of the problem."

Bucci and her group of volunteers led clean-up efforts this year aimed at collecting used syringes in the area of Mohawk Lake.

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14 CN ON: Lawyers Spar Over Motherisk Class-ActionFri, 13 Oct 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Mendleson, Rachel Area:Ontario Lines:128 Added:10/13/2017

Lawsuit's fate rests on judge, whose verdict could set off years of legal wrangling

Motherisk's flawed hair-strand tests tainted thousands of child protection cases across Canada, but was every parent who tested positive for drugs or alcohol potentially harmed in some way? How much is that harm is worth? And what's the best way to determine who should pay?

These are among the complex questions that were debated in a Toronto courtroom this week in the high-stakes battle over the fate of a proposed national class-action seeking millions in damages for families affected by the litany of failings uncovered at the Hospital for Sick Children's Motherisk Drug Testing Laboratory.

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15 CN ON: Editorial: Get Smarter On DrugsFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:10/11/2017

The chorus calling on Ottawa to decriminalize possession of all drugs is growing louder and more urgent. The government should listen

The chorus calling on Ottawa to rethink its approach to the epidemic of opioid overdoses sweeping this country is growing louder and more urgent. Two new reports issued this week echo a broad consensus among public health experts: decriminalizing the possession of all drugs is crucial if we're going to tackle this crisis.

In Ontario, more than two people died from opioid overdoses every day last year - and the rate seems to have risen in 2017. In British Columbia, the problem is even worse.

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16 CN ON: LTE: Legalized Pot Will Cloud Condo RulesFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Cantwell, Les Area:Ontario Lines:42 Added:10/11/2017

Re: Preparing for marijuana legalization, Aaron, Sept. 30

Smoking should be banned in condo buildings throughout Ontario. Bob Aaron's column highlighted the problem for condo boards.

More families with children are choosing condos as an affordable alternative to houses, especially in Toronto and other cities.

More than 80 per cent of the residents in these buildings do not smoke. Yet, many have to suffer the smells and dangerous carcinogenic fumes drifting through their doorways and venting systems. If you cannot smoke in a car with children, how can you justify children living in such an environment?

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17 CN ON: LTE: Police Not Ready For MarijuanaSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:51 Added:10/11/2017

Yet another progressive government obviously more concerned with raking in expected windfalls from selling pot, rather than being concerned over the potential harm to young people.

Studies in the U.K., the USA and Canada have conclusively shown young people smoking pot run a greatly enhanced risk of damaging their developing brains and suffering psychosis and other mental issues later in life. Our own Canadian Medical Associate has stated nobody should smoke this dangerous drug, containing 85 canninbinoids with unknown long-term health and mental consequences, under 21.

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18 CN ON: Editorial: Move Carefully On Cannabis TaxesFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Roe, John Area:Ontario Lines:82 Added:10/11/2017

The first legal sales of recreational marijuana in Canada are still months away, but some provincial premiers are already demanding a bigger piece of the action.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's opening offer this week to evenly split a 10-per-cent excise tax on cannabis sales between Ottawa and the provinces was quickly scorned by premiers such as Alberta's Rachel Notley and Quebec's Philippe Couillard.

With heady visions of new revenue streams cascading into their provincial coffers, these and other premiers told Trudeau the provinces will bear most of the costs of legalizing cannabis. Hence, they deserve most of the tax dollars that will come with it - not just half.

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19 CN ON: OPED: Let First Nations Into Pot IndustryTue, 10 Oct 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Quesnel, Joseph Area:Ontario Lines:84 Added:10/10/2017

The projected legalization of marijuana in Canada in July 2018 gives the federal government an opportunity to bring communities - including Indigenous ones - into this lucrative sector.

For example, Manitoba's Opaskwayak Cree Nation recently took a major stake in a medical marijuana company. OCN purchased $3 million in shares in National Access Cannabis, a privately held company that recently traded publicly for the first time.

Private investors in medical and recreational marijuana are watching intently as the federal government unveils its plans for how pot will be legally grown and sold in Canada.

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20 CN ON: In Praise Of MarijuanaTue, 10 Oct 2017
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:Langley, Alison Area:Ontario Lines:119 Added:10/10/2017

Former NHL player Riley Cote says marijuana helped him deal with the pain and anxiety that came with being an enforcer with the Philadelphia Flyers.

"I used it as an ally," the Winnipeg native said Saturday at the Grow Up Cannabis Conference and Expo at Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls.

"It helped me to manage my pain and inflammation. It helped me sleep and it helped with my anxiety. I was fighting guys way out of my weight class and cannabis was the ultimate tool for that anxiety."

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21 CN ON: Column: Justin Trudeau's Quest To Be Crowned King Of WeedSun, 08 Oct 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Ontario Lines:99 Added:10/08/2017

Since doper Marc Emery has claimed title of the Prince of Pot, perhaps it is time to crown Justin Trudeau the King of Weed.

Thus far, it seems reefer royalty is our prime minister's primary quest, as he is obsessed with pot's legalization - by Canada Day 2018, come hell or high times - while spending little time on substantive issues other than taxing small business out of business.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau claims he will now tweak his tax reforms somewhat so that the family farm, for example, can be passed on to the next generation without painful penalties, but time will tell.

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22CN ON: OPED: What Canada's Legal Weed Could Mean To LesothoSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Houston, Adam R. Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/07/2017

Legal market a boon to poor nation, write Adam R. Houston and Rapelang Radebe.

By multiple measures, the Kingdom of Lesotho is one of the highest countries in the world.

For one, the mountainous African nation never drops below 1,400 metres, meaning its lowermost point is at a higher elevation than that of any other country.

For another, it has long depended heavily on the production of cannabis; a report published by UNESCO at the turn of the millennium found it was one of the country's three primary sources of hard currency, alongside foreign aid and remittances from mines in neighbouring South Africa.

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23 CN ON: LTE: Greedy GovernmentSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Caesar, Cecilia Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:10/07/2017

Re: Pot legalization

I feel The Record has given an unfair slant to the issue of marijuana legalization. Many, many people have been hurt by it. If you add alcohol to the mix the danger only increases.

From what I have seen, marijuana seems addictive and hard to let go of. How greedy can our governments get to allow this drug to be legalized without sufficient testing? Saying the industry will create jobs does not justify the harm it will cause. The police must have some statistics relating to accidents and death where marijuana is a factor.

Seriously, it messes people up and gives them a false sense of reality.

Government is supposed to be "of the people" and "for the people." Guess what, sometimes they make mistakes. Let's try to fix this mistake before another generation pays the price.

Cecilia Caesar

Waterloo

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24 CN ON: LTE: Recreational Pot MistakeSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Sun Times, The (Owen Sound, CN ON) Author:Riseborough, Judy Area:Ontario Lines:31 Added:10/07/2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is making a huge mistake legalizing marijuana for everyday use.

He promised his electors in the past election. What was he thinking? Votes? Taxes? Why does he want to create a bigger problem than it already is? The legal age for purchase is going to be 19. Does he not realize children (15+) will be smoking marijuana? It's been impossible to prevent them from smoking cigarettes, even with all the packaging and cigarettes hidden away in stores. They'll be walking around at school 'high'. And what about those developing brains?

Medical marijuana is easily accessible for those that need it. Why do we have to create a society of "legal stoners"?

Judy Riseborough

Owen Sound

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25 CN ON: Marijuana Advocate Back In Niagara FallsThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Tribune, The (CN ON) Author:Law, John Area:Ontario Lines:120 Added:10/06/2017

Grow Up Expo features Jodie Emery as speaker at convention focussed on impending legalization of marijuana next July

Jodie Emery laughs when reminded of her last visit to Niagara Falls seven years ago.

It started with a trip to MP Rob Nicholson's office on St. Paul Avenue for a protest. It ended waiting for two members of her group to be released from the Niagara Regional Police station on Morrison Street after they were arrested.

Emery and several pro-marijuana advocates were hoping to speak with Nicholson, Canada's justice minister at the time, about the extradition of her husband Marc, who was facing five years in a U.S. federal prison for selling mail-order pot seeds across the border.

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26 CN ON: Toronto Endorses Province's Pot PlanThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Rider, David Area:Ontario Lines:45 Added:10/06/2017

Toronto city council has, by a narrow margin, endorsed Premier Kathleen Wynne's plan for tightly regulated marijuana sales through LCBO-style stores.

Council voted 21-16 Wednesday in favour of backing Wynne's pot plan, while demanding that the city be compensated for any related costs when the federal government legalizes marijuana next year.

Councillor Cesar Palacio, chair of the licensing committee, said the city must endorse the closure of all illegal, private dispensaries to prevent "chaos" in the new marijuana marketplace.

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27 CN ON: Who's Minding The Pot?Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Delhi News-Record, The (CN ON) Author:Gamble, Susan Area:Ontario Lines:95 Added:10/06/2017

Norfolk police board, county seek answers on personal grow-ops

Health Canada is handing out licences for people to grow marijuana for personal use, but the question of who will be monitoring that growth has stymied both the Norfolk police board and council.

"The federal government allows the licence but who's following up on this?" asked Mayor Charlie Luke at last week's police board meeting.

"Who's checking to see that they're abiding by the licence? Is it the feds? The OPP? Certainly it's not the county and I'm thinking these personal grow operations are going to be way out of control."

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28 CN ON: Grieving Moms Now Advocates On Opioids CrisisThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Grimsby Lincoln News, The (CN ON) Author:Forsyth, Paul Area:Ontario Lines:162 Added:10/06/2017

Mothers galvanize regional politicians with powerful stories of loss of kids to overdoses

NIAGARA - Wilma Thompson was hearing about the horrific death toll the opioid crisis sweeping across the country was having, so she pulled her daughter Jaena, age 19, aside last year.

"I said please don't ever try this stuff: it will kill you," the St. Catharines mom said. "She said 'mom, I would never do that.' "

Two months later, Jaena didn't answer repeated calls to her phone. Her family called 911 and emergency responders found her dead in her apartment. Of an opioid overdose.

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29 CN ON: Pot Legislation 'Prohibition 2.0,' Emery SaysThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Niagara This Week (CN ON) Author:Hutton, Richard Area:Ontario Lines:80 Added:10/06/2017

The approach being taken by federal and provincial governments, when it comes to the legalization of marijuana is just another form of prohibition, says a woman who is a longtime advocate for allowing unrestricted access to cannabis.

"We're seeing prohibition 2.0," said Jodie Emery, who along with her husband, Marc, have been campaigning for legalization for more than two decades. Jodie will be among the speakers taking part in the Grow Up Cannabis Conference & Expo taking place Friday and Saturday at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. "It's very upsetting."

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30 CN ON: LTE: Stop Legal Marijuana Before It HappensTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:Standard, The (St. Catharines, CN ON) Author:Low, Thomas Area:Ontario Lines:45 Added:10/06/2017

One of my best friends as an RCMP officer who spent most, if not all, of his career in the drug squad in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. He told me, "Marijuana is a stepping stone to heroin, and heroin leads to certain death."

Now we have other drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, causing many deaths on a daily basis in the U.S. and Canada.

In Ottawa I observed a car crash of an older teen who demolished his father's car after using marijuana. The police did not know what to do with this boy who cried out to a large crowd that gathered: "I want to go home."

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31 CN ON: Editorial: Grief Turns To Opioid AdvocacyThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Grimsby Lincoln News, The (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:70 Added:10/06/2017

They're still dealing with crushing grief barely contained, but a group of Niagara mothers who lost children in the prime of their lives to overdoses from opioids delivered a powerful message to regional politicians last week on the desperate need to deal with the opioid crisis sweeping like a freight train across the country.

The powerful drugs such as fentanyl have left a trail of destruction starting on the West Coast and moving east, with soaring numbers of emergency rooms visits due to overdoses in Ontario now.

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32 CN ON: PUB LTE: Ignorance FrustratingThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Port Colborne Leader (CN ON) Author:Popp, Serena Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:10/06/2017

Re. Why not legalize everything? Letter, Sept. 21:

As an upstanding citizen of society in my 35th year of living, I have experienced a lot of ignorance towards marijuana and the supposed effects it has on people.

There are a lot of reasons why legalizing marijuana will be a great step in the right direction. Unfortunately, there is a large population who thinks they know something about the so-called illicit drug, but the reality is they know nothing, due to their inability to look past this so-called gateway drug.

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33 CN ON: PUB LTE: Reality Of MarijuanaThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Port Colborne Leader (CN ON) Author:Fairchild, Grant Area:Ontario Lines:48 Added:10/06/2017

Re. Why not legalize everything?, Letter, Sept. 23:

I am a "senior" in my fifth decade who is offended deeply by this letter. Marijuana was purely and simply outlawed in the 1930s by Harry J. Anslinger merely because of corporate pressure for what scientists could manufacture in a lab to soar profits.

Is the writer even aware of the many medical benefits of CBDs or the many societal uses of hemp, the non-psychoactive parts of marijuana (hint: these are the very reasons it was outlawed in the first place).

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34 CN ON: Grieving Moms Now Advocates On Opioids CrisisThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Port Colborne Leader (CN ON) Author:Forsyth, Paul Area:Ontario Lines:162 Added:10/06/2017

Mothers galvanize regional politicians with powerful stories of loss of kids to overdoses

NIAGARA - Wilma Thompson was hearing about the horrific death toll the opioid crisis sweeping across the country was having, so she pulled her daughter Jaena, age 19, aside last year.

"I said please don't ever try this stuff: it will kill you," the St. Catharines mom said. "She said 'mom, I would never do that.' "

Two months later, Jaena didn't answer repeated calls to her phone. Her family called 911 and emergency responders found her dead in her apartment. Of an opioid overdose.

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35CN ON: OPED: Why 'Pop-Up' Prevention Sites Are LegitWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Elliott, Richard Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

Despite the mounting toll of overdose-related deaths in Ontario, Ottawa's mayor and certain city councillors are trying to close a "pop-up" overdose prevention site in Raphael Brunet Park. The site, staffed by concerned volunteers with Overdose Prevention Ottawa and funded via community donations, provides life-saving harm reduction services for people who use drugs. There have been more than 1,150 visits and no fatalities since it opened five weeks ago.

Various political "leaders" in Ottawa have criticized pop-up site organizers and been quick to presume the illegality of the site. The site operates without a federal ministerial exemption from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, which means that those using illegal drugs at the site can still be charged for possession when using a service that could mean the difference between life and death.

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36CN ON: Pot Raids Enforce Province's Hard LineThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

Plan for legalized sales included warning that rogue shops would be shut down

Last month Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi declared war on the province's illegal pot shops, and this week Ottawa police ramped up efforts to shut down the illegal businesses.

Police swooped down on the busy Cannabis Culture store on Bank Street, the Dr. Greenthumb on Montreal Road and "several" outdoor grow ops on Tuesday, arresting eight people.

"The provincial government has made it clear that independent storefronts will not be part of a legal framework in Ontario," said Staff Sgt. Rick Carey of the Ottawa police drug unit in a news release. "These storefronts are now and will continue to be illegal operations and property owners need to be aware that they could face serious repercussions for allowing them to continue to operate."

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37 CN ON: LTE: Guidelines NeededTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Vis, Laura Area:Ontario Lines:40 Added:10/06/2017

Re: What's missing in Ontario's approach to marijuana distribution - Sept. 18

Ontario doesn't deserve any credit for "forging ahead with guidelines for its legal marijuana distribution system."

Marijuana is a drug, which apart from medicinal purposes and extra tax revenue, will only impact society negatively.

Before they go ahead with a distribution system, the Liberal government should have outlined very clearly all the expected guidelines for distributors. Instead, "no consideration has been given to edible cannabis products," and "guidelines for home cultivation and use" haven't been properly outlined - especially for homes with children. Do the Liberals want the next generation to be one which grows up eating marijuana in their after school snack of milk and cookies?

Legalizing marijuana is already a highly controversial topic. If the Liberals are not prepared with proper guidelines for distributing legal marijuana, why are they trying to bring it to the streets of Ontario as soon as July 2018?

Laura Vis

Grand Valley

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38 CN ON: Pallister Balks At Cannabis Tax PitchWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Robertson, Dylan Area:Ontario Lines:102 Added:10/06/2017

Too soon to talk taxation before cost of legalizing marijuana is clear, Manitoba premier says

OTTAWA - Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister's frosty relationship with Ottawa was on full display on Tuesday as he ridiculed a proposal to split a 10 per cent levy on recreational marijuana and blasted controversial business-tax reforms.

The premiers' meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was meant to find common ground on issues like bridging Indigenous employment gaps. But an afternoon press conference showed the rifts to be growing.

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39 CN ON: Trudeau's Plan For Marijuana Tax Catches Premiers Off GuardWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Curry, Bill Area:Ontario Lines:128 Added:10/06/2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has surprised premiers with a plan to impose a 10-per-cent federal tax on recreational marijuana and split the expected new revenue 50-50 with the provinces.

With the clock ticking toward the Liberal government's goal of legalizing marijuana by July, 2018, Ottawa and the provinces are working to answer the many questions raised by the change, including the price, age limits and how the product will be sold.

After a day-long private meeting that touched on a wide range of topics, Mr. Trudeau confirmed to reporters that he delivered an opening proposal for how marijuana should be taxed.

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40 CN ON: Horgan Touts Marijuana PreparednessWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:Ontario Lines:72 Added:10/06/2017

During first ministers meetings, Premier hints that B.C., unlike Ontario, may leverage dispensaries in its legalized drug regime

Premier John Horgan has hinted again that British Columbia's growing number of illegal marijuana dispensaries could have a role to play when recreational use of the drug is made legal next summer.

Mr. Horgan, who in the past has voiced support for bringing existing operators on board, seemed to suggest on Tuesday that B.C.'s robust marijuana industry means the province is already well positioned to begin legal retail sales by the federal government's July 1 target.

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41CN ON: Second Raid Shuts Cannabis CultureWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

Employees jeer drug squad, SWAT team

Police raided one of the city's busiest pot shops on Tuesday, hauling away five clerks in handcuffs while a handful of demonstrators jeered.

It's the second time the Cannabis Culture dispensary on Bank Street near Gladstone Avenue has been raided. The illegal shop closed for a day last March after police arrested five clerks for drug trafficking and hauled away the dried weed, cannabis concentrates and oils on sale.

On Tuesday, drug squad officers in balaclavas, the SWAT team and uniformed officers arrived at the shop not long after it opened at 10 a.m.

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42 CN ON: PM Calls For Federal Tax On PotWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Bryden, Joan Area:Ontario Lines:118 Added:10/06/2017

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is proposing to levy a federal excise tax on recreational marijuana once it becomes legal next July, with the provinces and territories receiving half the revenue.

Under a federal proposal put to premiers during a first ministers meeting Tuesday, each gram of pot would be subject to an excise tax of $1 on sales up to $10 and a 10 per cent tax on sales of more than $10.

However, premiers argued that provinces will foot the lion's share of the cost of regulating and enforcing the new regime and should, therefore, get the lion's share of the revenue.

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43 CN ON: Ferguson Worried Pot Plants Will Push Out Cash CropsWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Moro, Teviah Area:Ontario Lines:49 Added:10/06/2017

A burgeoning pot-growing industry stands to steamroll prime farmland in Hamilton if the city isn't prepared to fend it off, Coun. Lloyd Ferguson warns.

"This scares the living daylights out of me," the Ancaster councillor said during Tuesday's planning committee meeting.

Ferguson, who's not on the committee, attended to ask planning staff whether the official plan and zoning regulations barred such entrepreneurs from setting up operations larger than 2,000 square metres. He said one applicant wants to set up a 200-acre facility in concrete bunkers on Greenbelt land, undercutting the purpose of the agricultural and wooded buffer zone. Ferguson said "there's a clear difference" between growing cucumbers and cultivating marijuana for sale.

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44CN ON: Will Teens Cross Bridge To Buy Pot In Gatineau?Mon, 02 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

If Ontarians, 18, can buy pot in Quebec, they'll need to find a place to smoke it

Ottawa 18-year-olds have for years gleefully evaded Ontario's age requirement of 19 to buy alcohol by making a short trip across the Ottawa River to drink legally in Quebec.

Now that provincial age discrepancy appears likely to be replicated for pot smokers, too, with reports the Quebec government intends to set the legal age for buying marijuana at 18.

Ontario has already announced an age of 19 to buy or possess pot when it's legalized by the federal government. That's also Ontario's legal drinking age.

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45CN ON: Marijuana Advocate Back In NiagaraTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:Standard, The (St. Catharines, CN ON) Author:Law, John Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

Grow Up Expo features Jodie Emery as speaker at convention focused on impending legalization of marijuana next July

Jodie Emery laughs when reminded of her last visit to Niagara Falls seven years ago.

It started with a trip to MP Rob Nicholson's office on St. Paul Avenue for a protest. It ended waiting for two members of her group to be released from the Niagara Regional Police station on Morrison Street after they were arrested.

Emery and several pro-marijuana advocates were hoping to speak with Nicholson, Canada's justice minister at the time, about the extradition of her husband Marc, who was facing five years in a U.S. federal prison for selling mail-order pot seeds across the border.

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46 CN ON: Pot Advocate Back In FallsTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:Law, John Area:Ontario Lines:118 Added:10/06/2017

Grow Up Expo features Jodie Emery as speaker at convention focused on impending legalization of marijuana next July

Jodie Emery laughs when reminded of her last visit to Niagara Falls seven years ago.

It started with a trip to MP Rob Nicholson's office on St. Paul Avenue for a protest. It ended waiting for two members of her group to be released from the Niagara Regional Police station on Morrison Street after they were arrested.

Emery and several pro-marijuana advocates were hoping to speak with Nicholson, Canada's justice minister at the time, about the extradition of her husband Marc, who was facing five years in a U.S. federal prison for selling mail-order pot seeds across the border.

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47 CN ON: OPED: Give First Nations Priority Access To Marijuana IndustryTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Quesnel, Joseph Area:Ontario Lines:92 Added:10/06/2017

The legalization of marijuana in Canada in July 2018 gives the federal government an opportunity to bring communities - including Indigenous ones - into this lucrative sector in a big way.

For example, Manitoba's Opaskwayak Cree Nation recently took a major stake in a medical marijuana company. OCN purchased $3 million in shares in National Access Cannabis, a privately held company that recently traded publicly for the first time.

Private investors in medical and recreational marijuana are watching intently as the federal government unveils its plans for how pot will be legally grown and sold in Canada.

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48 CN ON: LTE: Stop Legal Marijuana Before It HappensTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:Low, Thomas Area:Ontario Lines:45 Added:10/06/2017

One of my best friends is an RCMP officer who spent most, if not all, of his career in the drug squad in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. He told me, "Marijuana is a stepping stone to heroin, and heroin leads to certain death."

Now we have other drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, causing many deaths on a daily basis in the U.S. and Canada.

In Ottawa I observed a car crash of an older teen who demolished his father's car after using marijuana. The police did not know what to do with this boy who cried out to a large crowd that gathered: "I want to go home."

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49CN ON: Injection-Site Storm Intensifies Over Use Of A City-Owned ParkSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Reevely, David Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

Protesters turn on Coun. Fleury for seeking the closure of temporary tent pop-up clinic

For over a year, Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury has been one of city council's most vocal backers of a supervised drug injection site to save Ottawa drug users from overdoses. Friday, protesters crowded outside Fleury's city hall office, calling him everything but a killer.

About 100 supporters of Overdose Prevention Ottawa and its "pop-up" tent in a Lowertown park chanted "Shame!" and demanded he "man up!" and face them.

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50CN ON: Pop-Up Injection Site Gets Mixed ReviewsSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Helmer, Aedan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

Flyer claims facility has led to spike in drug dealing

A pop-up injection site on the edge of the ByWard Market is drawing mixed reviews from Lowertown residents, landlords and business owners.

An anonymous flyer circulated this week in the area, and shared widely on social media, claims the "unsanctioned and illegal" site operated by Overdose Prevention Ottawa has led to sharp increases in drug dealing, public intoxication, public disorder and discarded needles and other drug paraphernalia littering the downtown streets.

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