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1CN ON: 'Keep Our Great Country Safe From All The Weed,' Tory SaysSat, 02 Dec 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Smith, Marie-Danielle Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:12/06/2017

Poetic Riposte

OTTAWA - With the Liberal cannabis legalization bill now being debated in the Senate, the Conservative Party's health critic used poetry Friday to ask for sober second thought.

Marilyn Gladu implored the upper chamber to "keep our great country safe from all the weed" Friday after the Senate's first debate on Bill C-45, a federal framework for legal marijuana, got underway Thursday afternoon.

The House of Commons passed the federal bill Monday. It must get through an unpredictable Senate before it can become law. So far, eight provinces and territories have unveiled plans ahead of the government's July 1, 2018, deadline for Canadians to access legal pot.

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2CN ON: Gas Can Found Outside As Pot Shop Goes Up In Smoke InSat, 02 Dec 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Gillis, Megan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:12/06/2017

A Carlington pot shop won't reopen after a fire now being probed by arson investigators, says a city councillor who's long been opposed to the illicit enterprise.

The owners of Ottawa Cannabis Dispensary did not respond to an interview request but Coun. Riley Brockington said that they told him Friday that the Laperriere Avenue shop had closed before it was gutted by an early morning fire and they are no longer in the business.

Brockington is disappointed that arson is suspected in the fire, which was near homes and across the street from a Montessori school. Nearby businesses include an auto body shop with a stack of tires, and a chip truck out front with a large propane tank.

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3 CN ON: Doctor Rebukes Mp Over Marijuana ClaimSat, 02 Dec 2017
Source:Chatham Daily News, The (CN ON) Author:Morrison, Tom Area:Ontario Lines:79 Added:12/06/2017

Legalized marijuana will 'enslave our youth" and turn the federal government into "the new pusher on the block," a Chatham politician says - drawing a rebuke from the community's top publichealth official.

Dave Van Kesteren said that nothing about the federal government's Cannabis Act is good, but he's particularly concerned about how it allows youth ages 11 to 17 to carry up to five grams of cannabis.

"Doctors have been saying, psychiatrists have been saying, that because the brain is still forming and is not fully formed by the time somebody is 25, somebody below that age should certainly not be using it," the Conservative member said in an interview.

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4 CN ON: LTE: Common Sense Lacking In Today's CanadaSat, 02 Dec 2017
Source:Peterborough Examiner, The (CN ON) Author:Baldwin, J. R. Area:Ontario Lines:33 Added:12/06/2017

Why is Canada being changed for the worse? For example, young peoples' brains are definitely adversely affected by THC in marijuana and yet we are legalizing this garbage? We, soon, will be a nation of idiots.

Why is it that our judiciary is letting a convicted murderers out on un-escorted passes i.e. Melissa Todorovic and Tara Sanderson. Are the victims granted life again? NO, but the murderers are not punished.

They just get a slap on the wrist and their lives go on. Why is it that I think that Canada's judicial system is a joke?

Our bending over backwards to be oh-so accommodating is turning logic and common sense upside-down. Where is this "Oh aren't we so tolerant and accommodating" going to end? We have to get back to logic and common sense.

J.R. Baldwin

Omemee

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5 CN ON: Change For Drug GroupSat, 02 Dec 2017
Source:Sun Times, The (Owen Sound, CN ON) Author:Gowan, Rob Area:Ontario Lines:103 Added:12/06/2017

Grey-Bruce task force expands mandate from mostly meth to other drugs, substances

The Grey Bruce Task Force on Crystal Meth and Other Drugs is expanding its mandate.

As part of the expansion, the group, which involves a network of over 30 local partners, has changed its name to the Community Drug and Alcohol Strategy.

"We recognize there continues to be crystal met husein the community, so we are not saying we have solved the problem and it is time to move on to something else," Alison Govier, coordinator of the Community Drug and Alcohol Strategy said Friday. "But we are also seeing a trend in polysubstance use -- dependence on more than one substance at a time -- so we feel as a community our efforts are better spent to expand the mandate to include all substances."

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6 CN ON: Health Unit Grapples With Cannabis LegalizationFri, 01 Dec 2017
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Bedford, Sabrina Area:Ontario Lines:90 Added:12/06/2017

It will become legal next year, but the local health unit is grappling with what role it will play in dealing with recreational cannabis.

The federal government has laid out the legal framework to legalize recreational cannabis use by June, and the province has already set out how it plans to regulate use throughout Ontario.

The sale of marijuana will only be allowed through government-regulated stores overseen by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) and the proposed minimum age to use, purchase and possess will be 19.

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7 CN ON: High Time To Stop Driving ImpairedThu, 30 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Doucette, Chris Area:Ontario Lines:40 Added:11/30/2017

Far too many young people still think driving while under the influence of drugs is somehow less risky than drinking and driving.

So R.I.D.E. Checks - an organization that works with cops to promote road safety - has teamed up with the licensed marijuana producer Beleave Inc. to launch a campaign called, Consequence Strains, to spell out the dangers of driving high.

"There still seems to be a common misconception where it's not as bad as having a few drinks and getting behind the wheel. People say, 'Oh, I can focus more,'" Dr. Roger Ferreira, Beleave's chief science officer, said Wednesday at Humber College's Lakeshore campus where police from services across the province gathered to kick off this year's RIDE program.

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8 CN ON: LTE: Canadians Going To PotThu, 30 Nov 2017
Source:Standard, The (St. Catharines, CN ON) Author:Dillon, Rita Area:Ontario Lines:60 Added:11/30/2017

In wiser times, cigarettes were considered poison: protect the kids, reduce health-care expense, ban that toxin almost everywhere. As a result, we all breathe easier.

Now it's 2017 - set up shops and fill them with pretty coloured weed balls, like lollipops. Who cares how many more toxins are in those?

Huge numbers of young people in their 20s are still in school and still dependent on their parents.

Is the medical community thrilled to welcome a new mind-altering drug we can all enjoy? Is there enough paper to list all the side-effects?

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9 CN ON: Pot Shop For Falls After AllThu, 30 Nov 2017
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:Spiteri, Ray Area:Ontario Lines:153 Added:11/30/2017

Province grants cannabis store to Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls will receive at least one government-run pot shop when recreational marijuana becomes legal next July.

On Tuesday night, Coun. Wayne Thomson read a letter from Ontario Ministry of Finance sent to the city and dated Nov. 28 that the popular tourist destination has been identified "for the location of at least one initial cannabis retail store by July 2018."

Thomson, along with Mayor Jim Diodati, voiced their disappointment when the Honeymoon Capital wasn't among the first 14 cities announced earlier this month by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario to host a legal pot shop next July.

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10 CN ON: Pot Award Show Rolls Out The Red Carpet For First GalaThu, 30 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Wright, Lisa Area:Ontario Lines:79 Added:11/30/2017

Host's company says event aims to add legitimacy to community

What do you do if you're a budding awards show trying to create a buzz around Canada's $8.7-billion cannabis market?

First you weed out the best producers from the very large crop of products out there. Then you book a swanky joint and roll out the red carpet for business types looking to get in on the potential pot of gold surrounding legalization next summer.

The CEO of Lift Co., the online marketplace for the medical marijuana industry that is holding the event, says it was high time for a grass gala to highlight the fourth annual Canadian Cannabis Awards - previously held only online - in an effort to add some legitimacy to the often stigmatized cannabis community.

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11 CN ON: LTE: Canadians Going To PotThu, 30 Nov 2017
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:Dillon, Rita Area:Ontario Lines:60 Added:11/30/2017

In wiser times, cigarettes were considered poison: protect the kids, reduce health-care expense, ban that toxin almost everywhere. As a result, we all breathe easier.

Now it's 2017 - set up shops and fill them with pretty coloured weed balls, like lollipops. Who cares how many more toxins are in those?

Huge numbers of young people in their 20s are still in school and still dependent on their parents.

Is the medical community thrilled to welcome a new mind-altering drug we can all enjoy? Is there enough paper to list all the side-effects?

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12 CN ON: LTE: Canadians Going To PotThu, 30 Nov 2017
Source:Tribune, The (CN ON) Author:Dillon, Rita Area:Ontario Lines:60 Added:11/30/2017

In wiser times, cigarettes were considered poison: protect the kids, reduce health-care expense, ban that toxin almost everywhere. As a result, we all breathe easier.

Now it's 2017 - set up shops and fill them with pretty coloured weed balls, like lollipops. Who cares how many more toxins are in those?

Huge numbers of young people in their 20s are still in school and still dependent on their parents.

Is the medical community thrilled to welcome a new mind- altering drug we can all enjoy? Is there enough paper to list all the side- effects?

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13 CN ON: Impaired By DrugsSat, 25 Nov 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Dempsey, Keith Area:Ontario Lines:79 Added:11/29/2017

Red Ribbon Campaign gets started, with emphasis on drivers who use marijuana

Action Sudbury has kicked off its 29th annual Red Ribbon Campaign with an emphasis on educating the public about the use of cannabis, as the federal government is set to legalize recreational marijuana.

"The biggest thing for the youth is to ensure they're aware of how cannabis can possibly effect their ability to operate a motor vehicle," OPP Sergeant Dave Wallbank said.

Wallbank showed a presentation of drug evaluation and classification to those in attendance, including students from Confederation Secondary School and Marymount Academy.

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14 CN ON: Talking Pot A What It Will Mean When It's LegalSat, 25 Nov 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:130 Added:11/29/2017

KITCHENER - At gatherings with family and friends, it's common for people to sit and chat as they enjoy a glass of wine.

Drinking alcohol is legal and regulated by the government, but too much of it causes impairment and your long-term health could be at risk.

The same could be said for marijuana.

The now illicit drug will soon be legal, regulated and sold by the government. Smoking it daily could lead to a dependency, healthcare professionals say.

But the stigma associated with dope smoking remains.

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15CN ON: OPED: Police Fume Over Pot Shop ConundrumSat, 25 Nov 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Kirkland, Doug Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/29/2017

Officers can't nab owners because of resource woes, says Doug Kirkland

A Citizen report Nov. 18 quotes Judge Norm Boxall on the Ottawa Police Service's failure to charge the owners and backers of illegal marijuana distribution shops.

Sentencing a young budtender from a Rideau Street shop, he said: "I just don't understand how the police cannot shut down a dispensary."

I understand the context of his statements, but the judge, despite his distinguished legal background, has the wrong target.

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16 CN ON: Board Weighs Putting Naloxone Kits In Every SchoolFri, 24 Nov 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Outhit, Jeff Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:11/29/2017

WATERLOO REGION - The public school board is considering stocking every school with an emergency kit to fight drug overdoses, at the cost of $119,000 per year.

Kits contain the medication naloxone. By injection or nasal spray, it temporarily reverses the effects of an overdose of an opioid drug such as fentanyl or heroin.

Currently, local schools are to call 911 if an overdose is suspected.

"If that was my child I would want someone to do something," trustee Cindy Watson said, after pressing the Waterloo Region District School Board to buy overdose kits and train staff to use them.

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17CN ON: Teenager Killed After Visit To Crack Den, Police SayWed, 29 Nov 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Yogaretnam, Shaamini Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/29/2017

Homicide victim attacked outside after looking for place to smoke pot, cops say

Police believe a teen who was fatally stabbed in Vanier was just looking for a place to smoke weed purchased at an illegal dispensary when he wound up inside a crack den, the Citizen has learned.

Zakaria Iqbal, just 18 years old and a Gloucester High School student, died Monday night after an attack on Montreal Road.

Detectives believe that Iqbal and his friends purchased marijuana at Dr. Greenthumb dispensary, also on Montreal Road. Employees at the dispensary said police visited the pot shop Tuesday as part of their homicide investigation, asking questions about who was there and when.

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18 CN ON: Sign Stirs The PotThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Braun, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:11/28/2017

Group wants billboard near kids' music school taken down

Should a billboard claiming that marijuana legalization isn't harmful be hanging over a kids' music school in North York?

That's the question being posed by Prevent, Don't Promote, an organization opposed to the legalization of marijuana in Canada.

Prevent, Don't Promote is particularly sensitive to anything that looks like advertising or marketing to children.

The billboard in question hangs over Little Jammerz, a music school that caters to children from Kindergarten to Grade 6, according to their website.

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19 CN ON: LTE: First Tobacco, Now PotThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mundy, Lloyd Area:Ontario Lines:29 Added:11/28/2017

Re: Hazards of cannabis - Nov. 11

Thanks to Ron Wagner for his informative letter regarding marijuana.

We taxpayers have spent billions of dollars through the government ads regarding the dangers of smoking. I have lost two members of my family to lung cancer, both heavy smokers of filter-tip cigarettes. The advertising has worked and very few cigarette butts litter our streets. However, when money is spent foolishly, a source of income must be found. The sale of marijuana will help.

Lloyd Mundy

Waterloo

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20 CN ON: Supervised Injection Site Eyed For Downtown CoreThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Frketich, Joanna Area:Ontario Lines:123 Added:11/28/2017

Mayor backs scheme, says time to get it out of alleyways and off railway lands

A decision on whether to authorize a supervised injection site in Hamilton's core is expected to be made Dec. 4 by the Board of Health.

The proposed site would be located somewhere between Main Street East and Barton Street East and bordered by Queen Street North and Wellington Street North.

"It's high time we tried to get these injection issues out of the alleyways and the railway lines and make sure people who are doing drugs, do it safely," said Mayor Fred Eisenberger. "People are drug addicted and that's just the reality. Turning our mind away from that or sticking our head in the sand is delusional."

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21 CN ON: More Pot WarsThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto 24hours (CN ON) Author:Braun, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:11/28/2017

Organization wants billboard near music school taken down

Should a billboard claiming that marijuana legalization isn't harmful be hanging over a kids' music school in North York?

That's the question being posed by Prevent, Don't Promote, an organization opposed to the legalization of marijuana in Canada.

Prevent, Don't Promote is particularly sensitive to anything that looks like advertising or marketing to children.

The billboard in question hangs over Little Jammerz, a music school that caters to children from Kindergarten to grade six, according to their website.

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22 CN ON: Column: Alberta Betting On Marijuana BoomTue, 28 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Steward, Gillian Area:Ontario Lines:116 Added:11/28/2017

So far it looks like Alberta will be the go-to province for marijuana entrepreneurs lining up to get in on the action when selling pot becomes legal next summer.

Unlike Ontario and Quebec, Alberta has taken a free market approach. Recreational marijuana will be sold in privately owned retail stores and there could be a lot of them because at this point there is no limit on the number.

No drab stores run by liquor control boards for Alberta. And there will surely be way more stores than the 15 Quebec has designated for the entire province (Ontario is planning 40) in the first year of legalization.

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23 CN ON: LTE: The Challenge Of Shutting A Pot ShopTue, 28 Nov 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Robson, Ken Area:Ontario Lines:64 Added:11/28/2017

Re: Judge blasts Ottawa police for failing to shut down illegal marijuana shops, Nov. 18; Police as frustrated over pot shops as this judge is, Nov. 25.

When the CannaGreen Marijuana Dispensary opened on St. Joseph Boulevard in Orleans, I was concerned. I knew what was being sold in such dispensaries in Colorado and Washington. Some of the best-sellers are products such as soft drinks, cookies and bars infused with cannabis. I have 10 grandchildren in this Orleans neighbourhood and I don't want them exposed to these dangerous and illegal products.

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24CN ON: Ministry Audit Finds Police Handling Of Drug Evidence CompliesTue, 28 Nov 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Battagello, Dave Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2017

An audit released Monday by the Windsor Police Services Board shows the recent handling of evidence in cases involving street drugs has been in compliance and largely free of errors.

But the audit performed over two months this summer by Ontario's Ministry of Community, Safety and Correctional Services made 11 recommendations for improvements, and all but one have already been implemented, said Chief Al Frederick.

The audit was triggered at the request of Frederick and the police board following questions that were raised over the 2013 disappearance of $25,000 in cocaine from a drug vault under officers' control.

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25 CN ON: Column: It's Reefer Madness To Think Marijuana Will Pay TheMon, 27 Nov 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Harding, Lee Area:Ontario Lines:84 Added:11/27/2017

Legalize and tax marijuana and the budget will balance itself. Marijuana advocates from stoners to recreational users to the prime minister have tried to convince us of this. But they're all wrong.

It makes some sense that a product so commonly used should be regulated rather than criminalized, sending its newly enabled taxation revenues to the public coffers. Unfortunately, recent federal announcements and the examples of two American states tell us that a fiscal boon from legal pot is nothing more than reefer madness.

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26 CN ON: Dare Program CancelledMon, 27 Nov 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Young, Gord Area:Ontario Lines:46 Added:11/27/2017

The North Bay Police Service's drug-abuse prevention program is no longer being delivered in local classrooms.

Chief Shawn Devine said the long-running DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program has been cancelled and that efforts are underway to look for other ways of working with schools to provide education regarding drugs, bullying and similar issues.

He said the decision to cancel the program was sparked by a loss of funding from local school boards that was used to help offset some of the costs of delivery.

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27 CN ON: Edu: Column: There's Major Dough In Dope A How Should TheMon, 27 Nov 2017
Source:Varsity, The (CN ON Edu) Author:Naveed, Ramsha Area:Ontario Lines:130 Added:11/27/2017

To effectively combat substance abuse, marijuana tax funds should primarily be invested in prevention and education

On November 10, the Canadian federal government announced an excise tax plan that will be implemented when marijuana is legalized next summer. The plan proposed an excise tax of $1 per gram, or 10 per cent of the producer's sale price, with the higher amount of the two being charged.

The plan is still in its consultation stage, and there are sure to be many changes over the next few months. Hopefully the fact that education and prevention tactics provide better long-term solutions to addressing substance abuse than punitive mechanisms will guide future discussions about the tax plan. Moving forward, marijuana legalization should be approached mainly as an issue of public health - the revenue from legalization can play a major role in ensuring appropriate solutions to substance abuse are implemented.

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28 CN ON: Column: Ex-Cops Cashing In On New Pot Laws Upholds Old PowersMon, 20 Nov 2017
Source:Metro (Toronto, CN ON) Author:Mochama, Vicky Area:Ontario Lines:70 Added:11/23/2017

Known for his mishandling of Veterans A airs, corruption scandals within his constabulary and, shall we say, colourful comments on race and marijuana, former Toronto and Ontario police chief Julian Fantino is launching a pot business with a former RCMP senior leader. It has rightly been met with outcry.

It exposes not only his personal hypocrisies but also those of the pot legalization process.

A focus on criminalizing personal use rather than public health concerns (i.e., accessibility to children, mental health issues) has contributed to the circumstances that make young Black and Indigenous people known to police. Along with carding, illegality of marijuana has introduced more young racialized, especially Black, people to the criminal justice system than is patently fair.

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29 CN ON: Obstacles Are Hindering First Nation's Drug FightMon, 20 Nov 2017
Source:Northern News (CN ON) Author:Meldrum, Emma Area:Ontario Lines:127 Added:11/23/2017

The chief of Attawapiskat First Nation has solutions for the illegal drug trade in his community - but he's coming up against "frustrating " roadblocks.

Ignace Gull said Thursday that Attawapiskat is dealing with Canada Post, the Northwest Company and the Ministry of Transport (which owns the airport) to stop the flow of drugs.

"We're trying to do our own way of making sure that those drugs don't flow through our community," said Gull. "One of the things that costs us is with these prescriptions drugs, they're destroying young people, destroying families."

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30 CN ON: Reefer Madness?Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:104 Added:11/22/2017

Judge blasts Ottawa cops for arresting 'budtenders' while pot shops flourish

An Ottawa judge has blasted the police force for failing to shut down the city's illegal marijuana dispensaries.

Justice Norman Boxall said Friday he cannot understand why it's so difficult to close shops that operate openly on major streets.

"I just don't understand how the police cannot shut down a dispensary where the person has a big sign up, as I drive down Rideau St', that says 'marijuana dispensary.' They brag about it on the Internet that they are selling it.

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31 CN ON: Ontario Late On Warning Teens About MarijuanaSat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Ferguson, Rob Area:Ontario Lines:56 Added:11/21/2017

With legalization looming, doctors say province not ready to handle risks

Ontario is slow to launch a public education campaign warning parents about the dangers of marijuana to children, which include the risk associated with second-hand pot smoke, the Pediatricians Alliance of Ontario warned Friday.

"A lot more children are going to be exposed . . . They are the most at risk of harm. Their brains are still developing," Dr. Hirotaka Yamashiro said. "Ontario is not ready to deal with the risks."

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32CN ON: Judge Blasts Cops' Failure To Shut Pot StoresSat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

An Ottawa judge has blasted the police force for failing to shut down the city's illegal marijuana dispensaries.

Justice Norman Boxall said Friday he can't understand why it's so difficult to close shops that operate openly on major streets.

"I just don't understand how the police cannot shut down a dispensary where the person has a big sign up, as I drive down Rideau Street, that says 'marijuana dispensary.' They brag about it on the internet that they are selling it.

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33CN ON: Cities Question Tax Plan For Legal CannabisFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Stacey, Megan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

There may be as much as $1 billion in tax revenue at stake as Canada readies for legalized marijuana next summer. The cut for cities? So far, zero. Municipalities may be left in the cold when it comes to sharing in the cash from legalized pot sales, with the federal government proposing a 10 per cent excise tax - or $1 per gram, whichever is higher - to be split evenly between the provinces and the feds.

Little has been said about how many, if any, tax dollars will flow to cities bearing the burden of costs associated with policing, licensing and enforcement of marijuana sales after July 1.

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34 CN ON: Pot Dispensary Employee Gets $10 FineFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Paul, Gordon Area:Ontario Lines:71 Added:11/21/2017

KITCHENER - A judge who granted an absolute discharge to a Kitchener couple running an illegal marijuana dispensary has handed out a tiny fine to one of them for careless storage of a loaded handgun.

Nour Louka, 30, owned and operated the Waterloo Dispensary, which sold marijuana out of a second-floor business on King Street in uptown Waterloo. Her husband, Shady Louka, 32, was a part-time, temporary employee.

Justice Colin Westman had said in July that he would grant an absolute discharge and he made it official on Thursday.

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35 CN ON: LTE: Trudeau Opening Market For Organized CrimeFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:11/21/2017

( Re: Feds set tax on pot at $ 1 per gram plus GST, Nov. 10 edition)

When Justin Trudeau first floated his marijuana legalization plan, to get votes and new tax revenue, he claimed it was the best way to curb black market sales, thereby keeping it away from children, who can cause serious harm to their developing brains.

Now, by coming up with this substantial tax, Trudeau is throwing out an open invitation to organized crime groups to grow and sell illicit pot. To further compound the problem, Trudeau wants to allow anyone to grown four marijuana plants, a huge gift to organized crime.

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36 CN ON: Column: Why Is Rural Ontario Left Off The List Of LegalizedThu, 16 Nov 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:D'Amato, Luisa Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:11/21/2017

Politics

Everything is political in the months before an election. And that's especially true for where the pot stores are going to be located.

Earlier this month, 14 locations were announced for provincially-run recreational cannabis stores.

One of those will be in Kitchener. Mayor Berry Vrbanovic said he wasn't surprised "in light of our size, the fact that we're the eleventh-largest region in the country."

I'm not surprised either, but I think it's about politics, not size.

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37 CN ON: LTE: Pot Will Complicate Police EnforcementThu, 16 Nov 2017
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:44 Added:11/21/2017

When Justin Trudeau first floated his plan to legalize marijuana he said that this was the best way to keep this dangerous drug away from our children by curbing black market sales.

As we have seen with the sale of cigarettes, after tens of millions spent fighting against organized crime's involvement selling illicit smokes, the battle is far from won.

Organized crime is involved in growing and selling pot in Colorado and Washington states and will do the same here. This has been made easier for criminal groups, as anyone is entitled to grow four plants; virtually impossible to police.

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38 CN ON: Edu: Drug Use On Campus PersistsFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Journal, The (CN ON Edu) Author:Goulem, Brigid Area:Ontario Lines:192 Added:11/21/2017

Four students share their stories of drug use on campus

Illicit drug use among university students might be more common than our parents would like to think.

According to the Canadian Tobacco Alcohol and Drugs Survey published by Health Canada in 2015, 11 per cent of 20-24 year-old respondents reported doing cocaine, five said they do speed, meth or other amphetamines, 15 per cent took ecstasy and 16 per cent reported taking hallucinogens.

Despite being illegal, marijuana, opiates, amphetamines and stimulants are a very real part of student culture on campus. Although a large majority of students might never encounter them, these drugs exist within social circles across university campuses.

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39 CN ON: Hug-A-Drug AddictTue, 21 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Levy, Sue-Ann Area:Ontario Lines:109 Added:11/21/2017

Users fed their poisons - but safely - in public park

It's the perfect setup for hard-core addicts.

There's a special tent for crack smokers.

There's another tent to provide safe injections of illegal drugs like heroin, fentanyl and opiates and handouts of Naloxone (an antidote for opioid overdoses) - the tent now winterized with the generous assistance of the health ministry.

Overseeing the "military-grade equipment" that provides heating and lighting are two staff with the ministry's emergency medical assistance team (EMAT). Cost is unknown at this point because the "deployment is ongoing," says Laura Gallant, spokesman for Health Minister Eric Hoskins.

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40 CN ON: Drug Strategy Unique To OxfordTue, 21 Nov 2017
Source:Sentinel Review (CN ON) Author:Rivers, Heather Area:Ontario Lines:67 Added:11/21/2017

The county issued a request for proposals last week for local drug strategy to address opioid and other substance misuse issues

Oxford County is zeroing in on the development of a local drug strategy that would include an overdose response plan for the opioid crisis.

Last week, the county issued a request for proposals for the development of a drug strategy to enhance local opioid response while working towards building a sustainable community outreach and response capacity.

"We are reaching out to individuals and organizations who may be interested in developing a drug strategy for Oxford County to address opiate issues and other substance misuse," said Peter Heywood, manager of health protection for Oxford County public health. "We look forward to reviewing those proposals in a couple weeks."

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41 CN ON: Where Do We Put The Pot Shop?Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Booth, Laura Area:Ontario Lines:86 Added:11/20/2017

City and province meet to talk about locating new marijuana dispensary

KITCHENER - The province had its first meeting with Kitchener municipal staff since announcing earlier this month that the city would be home to one of the first government-run pot shops to open in Ontario by July.

On Tuesday, Waterloo Regional police and city staff met with representatives from the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the Ministry of Finance to discuss how a storefront location in the city will be selected.

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42 CN ON: Column: Weed Report: Julian Fantino Sings The Praises OfWed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto 24hours (CN ON) Author:Warmington, Joe Area:Ontario Lines:109 Added:11/20/2017

One was the chief of police for Toronto, London, York Region and the OPP.

The other spent 34 years putting away bad guys as a member of the RCMP, retiring as deputy commissioner of Federal and International Policing.

In the past, if former police chief Julian Fantino or onetime RCMP officer Raf Souccar were talking to you about cannabis, it would be time to quickly head for the door or maybe even call a lawyer.

Not anymore.

Fantino and Souccar now fight for the benefits of marijuana: The legal kind that is. The kind used for medical purposes.

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43 CN ON: Column: What Happened To Health And Safety?Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Albrecht, Harold Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:11/20/2017

Liberals ignoring concerns about decriminalizing pot

On April 13, the Liberal government introduced legislation that would allow for the recreational use of marijuana for Canadians over the age of 18, and eliminate penalties for possession of marijuana (up to five grams) for those between the ages of 12 and 18.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government have repeated time and time again that the aim of this legislation is to protect our children and increase public safety. However, neither of these goals is accomplished with this legislation. This is not just my view. In a recent Angus Reid poll, approximately two in three Canadians (66 per cent) said they believe that this legislation fails to prevent young people from using marijuana more than they already do.

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44 CN ON: Editorial: Drug Dealer Earned Stiff SentenceWed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:11/20/2017

There are two things to be said about the 11-year-prison sentence handed out last week to Kitchener fentanyl dealer Erin Vezina.

First, it is as hard as nails; indeed it's the most severe punishment involving a fentanyl-related crime ever handed out in Waterloo Region. Second, this is what real justice looks like. Bravo, Justice Melanie Sopinka, for your wise decision. In only a few years, the abuse of illicit opioids, especially fentanyl, has exploded into a national crisis that is believed to have claimed 2,458 lives across Canada in 2016 alone.

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45 CN ON: CKPS Putting Drone To Good UseWed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Chatham Daily News, The (CN ON) Author:Shreve, Ellwood Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:11/20/2017

Report looks at return on investment for technology

The use of a drone has provided some cost savings for the Chatham-Kent Police Service, but that wasn't the purpose for obtaining the technology, says Chief Gary Conn.

"The true value is in life-saving and how does one attach a dollar figure to a person's life? You just can't," the chief said.

Conn presented a return on investment report to the Chatham-Kent Police Services board on Tuesday regarding the first six months since police bought the drone for more than $110,000.

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46 CN ON: Column: Pro-Pot Cops All About The MoneyWed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:James, Royson Area:Ontario Lines:164 Added:11/20/2017

If St. Paul, one of the most virulent and effective enemies of early Christians could pull off the greatest about face in history and become the religion's most prolific proponent, then who am I to argue with former Toronto police chief Julian Fantino as a shill for the marijuana industry.

Fantino, the macho, no-nonsense, law-and-order tough guy from Vaughan stood at a podium in his city Tuesday singing the virtues of - pot.

Yes, he used to bust men and women, boys and girls - locked them up for smoking a joint or a spliff - ignoring the haze of vibe-inducing smoke and the good vibes of the "natural mystic flowing in the air," riding the Rasta rhythms of Bob Marley or the raw rhetoric of Peter Tosh's Legalize it. That was then.

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47 CN ON: Column: Fantino Is A 'Convert'Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Warmington, Joe Area:Ontario Lines:113 Added:11/20/2017

Former top cop sings praises of medical weed

One was the chief of police for Toronto, London, York Region and the OPP.

The other spent 34 years putting away bad guys as a member of the RCMP, retiring as deputy commissioner of Federal and International Policing.

In the past, if former police chief Julian Fantino or one-time RCMP officer Raf Souccar were talking to you about cannabis, it would be time to quickly head for the door or maybe even call a lawyer.

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48 CN ON: Needles Vs. TourismMon, 20 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Levy, Sue-Ann Area:Ontario Lines:140 Added:11/20/2017

BIA expresses concern about T.O.'s first harm-reduction site

In a mere matter of months it seems the city's first harmreduction site has turned one of Toronto's top tourist areas into a needle disposal site.

Mark Garner, CEO and executive director of the Downtown Yonge BIA, says they're seeing an "increased number of needles" within blocks of The Works location on Victoria St. - in YongeDundas Square, in the washrooms of Tim Hortons coffee shops and in laneways.

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49 CN ON: Cannabis Could Cause ChaosWed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Oshawa Express, The (CN ON) Author:Wittnebel, Joel Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:11/15/2017

Mayor fears without proper regulations, legalization of cannabis could have a number of unforeseen impacts

Right now, the scenarios are only 'what ifs', but come next year, these troubling situations could become a reality.

What if, during a drug screening at work, THC shows up in your system because while sitting on your deck, your neighbour was smoking pot on the other side of the fence?

What if you called the City of Oshawa to do something about said neighbour smoking in his backyard, could they do something about it?

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50 CN ON: Column: Tax Promise Up In SmokeTue, 14 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Hanlon, Sarah Area:Ontario Lines:101 Added:11/14/2017

That fury you hear?

The betrayal medical cannabis patients and activists feel after the federal government went back on yet another promise surrounding legal marijuana.

Last Friday, the Department of Finance announced a federal tax proposal that could see an excise charge of $1/gram or 10% (whichever is higher) on both recreational and medical cannabis. According to Ottawa, the revenues will be shared equally between the feds, provinces and territories.

So what are they smoking?

The shady government is apparently 'concerned' users will lie to their doctors, pretend to be sick and navigate the complex workings of the medical cannabis system in order to save the extra 10% tax that would be reserved for recreational pot.

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