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1 CN ON: Province To Choose Location For Pot StoreFri, 12 Jan 2018
Source:Peterborough Examiner, The (CN ON) Author:Kovach, Joelle Area:Ontario Lines:91 Added:01/17/2018

The provincial government will decide where to locate a new cannabis store in Peterborough, states a new city staff report - city council won't have any say in the matter.

Peterborough is getting a new government-run cannabis store by July 1, but it's unclear where exactly it will be located.

City council won't be allowed to weigh in on the choice of location, states a new report that councillors will review at a meeting Monday.

That will be up to the province, although the government has said it won't locate these new stores anywhere near schools or homeless shelters.

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2 CN ON: Legal Marijuana Concerns MaddWed, 10 Jan 2018
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Hamilton-McCharles, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:57 Added:01/15/2018

Organization recognizes officer of the year

North Bay police Const. Mitch Thomas is surprised how many people still get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.

Thomas arrested six people for impaired in 2017 and was recognized during Tuesday's monthly police services board meeting as the Mothers Against Drunk Driving officer of the year.

Thomas, who has been an officer for the past three years, said he still remembers the first motorist he charged with impaired.

"It was a gentleman from out of town. We got the call just after the bar rush," Thomas said.

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3 CN ON: LTE: Ad Campaign Won't WorkWed, 10 Jan 2018
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Braund, Marie Area:Ontario Lines:26 Added:01/15/2018

Ahead of its July deadline for legalizing recreational marijuana use in Canada, the federal government has launched a ad campaign warning of the risks of drug-impaired driving. I wonder if any elected official has noticed ads warning against drinking and driving have not eliminated drunk driving. The new ads won't work either. The way to curb drug-impaired driving is to not make cannabis legal for recreational purposes. Cannabis should only be marketed for seriously ill people on a doctor's prescription.

Marie Braund

Brantford

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4 CN ON: Local MPs Split On Marijuana LawWed, 10 Jan 2018
Source:Glengarry News, The (CN ON) Author:Carmichael, Scott Area:Ontario Lines:81 Added:01/15/2018

The federal with a handful of minor revisions, passed its third and final reading in the House of Commons November 27 and has moved on to the Senate for further review and discussion.

A total of 200 Members of Parliament voted in favour of the legislation - Bill C-45 - with 82 voting against it.

Following the final vote, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted "we're one step closer to legalizing & regulating marijuana. #BillC45 means less money for organized crime and harder access for our kids."

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5 CN ON: Concern Growing Over Pot Dispensary RobberiesThu, 11 Jan 2018
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:O'Reilly, Nicole Area:Ontario Lines:121 Added:01/11/2018

Workers have been assaulted, but fear of raids stop some from calling police

AFTER NEWS OF THE LATEST armed marijuana dispensary robbery, local cannabis advocate Britney Guerra appealed through a media release for any store owners who have been robbed to call police. The responses she got back shocked her. She knew there were robberies going unreported, but the problem was bigger than she suspected. Within 48 hours she had calls from four different Hamilton store owners who told her they had been robbed - perhaps by the same people - in the last month alone.

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6 CN ON: Passing The Sniff TestThu, 11 Jan 2018
Source:Simcoe Reformer, The (CN ON) Author:Sonnenberg, Monte Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:01/11/2018

Norfolk moves to control odours from marijuana grow ops

SIMCOE - Norfolk County has opted for a low-key approach to the regulation of marijuana grow operations.

Producers won't have to apply for a zoning amendment or defend their applications at Norfolk council.

However, they will have to meet planning standards and ensure that odours from their operations don't impact the surrounding neighbourhood.

This is the route Norfolk council chose Tuesday after a discussion of marijuana and its potentially negative impact on surrounding properties.

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7 CN ON: Column: City marijuana store: Proceed With CautionThu, 11 Jan 2018
Source:Peterborough Examiner, The (CN ON) Author:Goyette, David Area:Ontario Lines:82 Added:01/11/2018

Last month, the government of Ontario passed the Cannabis Act. It gives the province a monopoly on the sale of recreational marijuana through an estimated 150 stand alone stores to be run by the new Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation.

While the new law piggybacks on the federal decision to legalize recreational marijuana this summer, as well as a new federal-provincial revenue sharing agreement that will give the provinces and territories 75 per cent of federal marijuana revues, it has not been without controversy. In the Ontario Legislature, 27 Progressive Conservatives opposed the law, citing concerns from police associations that more financial support is required for law enforcement. While the NDP supported the law, some of its MPPs expressed concerns about the uncertainty of revenues to be provided to municipalities, as well as the small number of store fronts (40) to be opened this summer, which they see as inadequate to put a dent in the existing black market.

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8 CN ON: Questions Remain Around Marijuana LegalizationThu, 11 Jan 2018
Source:Pique Newsmagazine (CN BC) Author:Dupuis, Braden Area:Ontario Lines:106 Added:01/11/2018

Whistler council gives first two readings to zoning amendment bylaw - with more to come

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is starting down the long, legislative road of legal recreational marijuana.

At its first meeting of 2018 on Jan. 9, council gave the first two readings to a zoning amendment bylaw concerning cannabis retail, production and distribution - likely the first of many prior to federal legalization of the substance in July.

With much still unknown about the full scope of legal cannabis in Canada and B.C., the zoning bylaw is more a preemptive measure than anything - it updates definitions to align with the new federal Cannabis Act, and reinforces the current status quo in Whistler, which limits cannabis production and distribution to a single site in Function Junction (operated by the Whistler Medical Marijuana Corporation).

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9CN ON: Column: Here's Why It's Time To Legalize All DrugsWed, 10 Jan 2018
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Dawson, Tyler Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:01/10/2018

Picture this: You're an injection drug user, and, you're worried the next time you use, you might die. So, you head for the Shepherds of Good Hope, where there's a special trailer. There, you can use your drugs - and someone will save you if you overdose.

Upon arrival, though, there's a police cruiser outside. Apparently it's there a lot, at least according to Ottawa Inner City Health, which runs the injection site, and officers are questioning staff and clients.

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10 CN ON: Column: Politicians Will Bungle Pot LegalizationWed, 10 Jan 2018
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:DiManno, Rosie Area:Ontario Lines:142 Added:01/10/2018

I happened to spend three days over New Year's in Las Vegas. Work! On the Star's dime!

What a pleasure it was to smoke indoors again, a rarity in our world, with all the casinos tobacco-friendly. A city built on vice recognizes that gamblers are smokers and drinkers.

But on New Year's Eve, when venturing out onto the Strip, I immediately recoiled from the stench of cannabis.

Had forgotten that Nevada is one of eight American states where recreational marijuana is now legal. Clark County, in which Vegas is situated, boats some 80 dispensaries selling recreational (as opposed to medical) pot. Anyone over the age of 21 can buy up to one ounce of cannabis (or one-eighth-ounce of concentrate) at a time.

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11 CN ON: Pot Control On The AgendaTue, 09 Jan 2018
Source:Simcoe Reformer, The (CN ON) Author:Sonnenberg, Monte Area:Ontario Lines:53 Added:01/09/2018

New report offers control options for odour, light, noise

Norfolk County may soon have well-defined rules governing the production of recreational and medicinal marijuana.

Marijuana production facilities have proliferated unchecked in Norfolk over the past two years. These are medicinal in nature and loosely governed by Health Canada regulations.

These facilities are not subject to provincial planning policies. As such, increased production has occurred in a policy vacuum that has given rise to land-use conflicts related to smell, noise and light pollution.

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12CN ON: Police Eyes Are On Needle BubbleTue, 09 Jan 2018
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Egan, Kelly Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:01/09/2018

Surveillance intimidates clients, staff at Inner City Health's safe injection site

All is not rosy at Ottawa's first sanctioned safe injection site in Lowertown.

The executive director of Ottawa Inner City Health, which operates the legal drug-taking site from a trailer at Shepherds of Good Hope, said Ottawa police regularly have a cruiser parked by the steps to the facility.

"We are having really significant problems currently and we're hoping we can resolve them," said Wendy Muckle.

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13 CN ON: Hamilton Pot Dispensaries Growing Like A WeedMon, 08 Jan 2018
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Buist, Steve Area:Ontario Lines:79 Added:01/08/2018

Number has tripled over the past year, according to city report

A new report shows the number of marijuana dispensaries operating in the city has tripled in the past year despite increased bylaw enforcement efforts.

According to the report released Friday, there are 46 marijuana dispensaries operating in Hamilton, compared to 15 in operation last January.

While the federal government is expected to legalize marijuana this summer, marijuana dispensaries are illegal, according to the report - prepared by Ken Leendertse, Hamilton's director of licensing and bylaw services.

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14 CN ON: Fentanyl Found In Cocaine, Police WarnMon, 08 Jan 2018
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Daniszewski, Hank Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:01/08/2018

London police are warning the public that cocaine seized in November contained the deadly opioid fentanyl.

Health Canada tests confirmed the presence of fentanyl - an opioid 100 times more powerful than morphine - in drugs found on a 33-year-old London man after he was arrested.

"This is the first time in London that both cocaine and fentanyl were discovered in the same sample," police said in a news release Sunday.

"It is not confirmed if the drugs were intentionally or inadvertently mixed."

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15 CN ON: Pot Business EmbracedFri, 05 Jan 2018
Source:Northern News (CN ON) Author:Karstens-Smith, Gemma Area:Ontario Lines:106 Added:01/07/2018

First Nations invest in KL marijuana business

KIRKLAND LAKE - Canada's marijuana industry is expanding rapidly and some First Nations are looking to cash in on the emerging economic opportunities.

Phil Fontaine, an Indigenous politician turned marijuana executive, has spent the past year travelling the country and talking to First Nations about jobs, wealth and training opportunities the burgeoning marijuana business could bring.

"Everywhere we've been, it's been the same reaction, interest, excitement," said the former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. "First Nations are speaking about possibilities and potential. So it's been very encouraging. "Marijuana businesses represent "tremendous potential" for First Nations, partially because communities are able to get in on the ground floor, instead of fighting to catch up years later as has traditionally been the case, Fontaine said.

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16 CN ON: LTE: Not Ready For MarijuanaThu, 04 Jan 2018
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:01/07/2018

Re: "Sleeping driver found with drugs," Dec. 28.

This may well be an indication of what we can expect when marijuana becomes legal next summer, and it should trouble everyone, especially the police. Since pot was legalized in Colorado and Washington states, the number of road deaths have doubled.

In Canada, there still is no simple roadside test for impairment by marijuana consumption, as Trudeau placed the cart before the horse by legalizing pot so quickly.

Unlike alcohol, which is excreted from the system in about 12 hours, the THC in marijuana that causes someone to get stoned remains in the system for many, many days. This means someone may ended up driving impaired without having smoked marijuana recently, or having smoked a small amount.

No wonder the chiefs of police have said they simply are not ready for marijuana legalization.

Larry Comeau

Ottawa

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17 CN ON: LTE: Money GrabFri, 05 Jan 2018
Source:Sentinel Review (CN ON) Author:Morris, Alan Area:Ontario Lines:23 Added:01/07/2018

Governments raise a lot of revenue by taxing alcohol and tobacco. Now they are turning their sights on cannabis. A lot of young people think that using marijuana is a good thing. But, like any drug, cannabis can lead to addiction and ruin a person's life, all because our greedy government wants the tax money.

Alan Morris

Brantford

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18 CN ON: Councillor Wants Numbers On Cost Of Pot Legalization For CityWed, 03 Jan 2018
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Fragomeni, Carmela Area:Ontario Lines:48 Added:01/06/2018

Coun. Sam Merulla wants to head off new local taxpayer costs to cover increased bylaw and policing enforcement - and public health services - - from legalized pot well before legalization happens this summer.

"Fifty per cent of what we tax for now has nothing to do with city council," he said, adding that much of it is a result of services once funded by the province being downloaded onto municipalities.

Merulla has put councillors on notice that he's introducing a motion at their Jan. 24 meeting to get city staff to find out the city's costs of implementing marijuana legalization - and ask the province for a commitment to fully cover those costs. The province is getting a windfall in marijuana sales taxes after all, he says.

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19 CN ON: LTE: Stoned Driving A Real Threat To The PublicWed, 03 Jan 2018
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:01/06/2018

Police in Kingston found a driver sleeping with drugs. This may well be an indication of what we can expect when marijuana becomes legal next summer and should trouble everyone, especially the police.

Since pot was legalized in Colorado and Washington states the number of road deaths have doubled.

In Canada there still is no simple roadside test for impairment by marijuana consumption, as Trudeau placed the cart before the horse by legalizing pot so quickly.

Unlike alcohol, which is excreted from the system in about 12 hours, THC in marijuana that causes someone to get stoned remains in the system for many, many days. This means someone may end up driving impaired without having smoked marijuana recently, or having smoked a small amount.

No wonder the Chiefs of Police have said they simply are not ready for marijuana legalization!

Larry Comeau

Ottawa

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20 CN ON: LTE: Stoned Driving A Real Threat To The PublicTue, 02 Jan 2018
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:01/06/2018

Police in Kingston found a driver sleeping with drugs. This may well be an indication of what we can expect when marijuana becomes legal next summer and should trouble everyone, especially the police.

Since pot was legalized in Colorado and Washington states the number of road deaths have doubled.

In Canada there still is no simple roadside test for impairment by marijuana consumption, as Trudeau placed the cart before the horse by legalizing pot so quickly.

Unlike alcohol, which is excreted from the system in about 12 hours, THC in marijuana that causes someone to get stoned remains in the system for many, many days. This means someone may end up driving impaired without having smoked marijuana recently, or having smoked a small amount.

No wonder the Chiefs of Police have said they simply are not ready for marijuana legalization!

Larry Comeau

Ottawa

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21 CN ON: Editorial: Stamp Out Black-Market PotWed, 03 Jan 2018
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:01/06/2018

The only way Canada can successfully legalize the sale of recreational marijuana in 2018 is by stamping out the illegal market for the drug at the same time.

It's not enough for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to argue that ending the era of prohibition for cannabis on July 1 will make it easier for authorities to control the sale of a substance that's less harmful than alcohol and that adults should have the right to use. Fine theories are one thing. Trudeau's federal Liberals and their provincial government partners will be judged by what they deliver in as little as six months, not by their talking points today.

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22 CN ON: Smiths Falls Riding New High As A Pot HubTue, 02 Jan 2018
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Alexander, Doug Area:Ontario Lines:115 Added:01/06/2018

Deserted chocolate factory now home to world's largest publicly traded producer

All it took was a little marijuana to lift this Canadian town's spirits.

Smiths Falls, Ont. - population 8,885 - is seeing a revival of fortunes since medical marijuana producer Tweed Inc. set up shop four years ago in an abandoned Hershey chocolate factory.

The company, since renamed Canopy Growth Corp., has become the world's largest publicly traded cannabis producer and is the town's largest private-sector employer.

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