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1CN QU: Quebec Health Department Should Sell Pot, Says Think-TankTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Riga, Andy Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:09/20/2017

Forget the private sector and the Societe des alcools du Quebec. A Montreal think-tank says the government department that oversees hospitals should manage pot sales.

To generate bigger profits, private vendors would target young people, increase marijuana potency and press governments to relax pot laws, as seen in Colorado and Washington, the Institut de recherche et d'informations socioeconomiques (IRIS) says in a study published Tuesday.

And opting for stores run by the liquor-store monopoly could open the door to alcohol and marijuana (a dangerous combination, they say) being sold side by side, and to pressure from the SAQ's only shareholder - Quebec's finance department - to boost profits without regard to detrimental health effects, the study says.

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2CN QU: Editorial: Responding To FentanylSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU)          Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:09/20/2017

Up to now, Montreal has largely been spared the worst of the fentanyl crisis that has taken such a horrible toll in Vancouver and certain other parts of Western Canada. But the city's luck is starting to run out. The extremely powerful synthetic opioid is increasingly being found in street drugs in this city. As its presence increases, the result will be sadly predictable: more fatal overdoses by users, many of them unaware of its presence or of its power.

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3 CN QU: PUB LTE: Extend Alcohol Laws To MarijuanaThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Malfara, Glen K. Area:Quebec Lines:33 Added:09/19/2017

Re: "Police say they're not ready for pot-smoking drivers" (Montreal Gazette, Sept. 9)

The Quebec government has known for some time that the legalization of recreational marijuana was coming, and yet it finds itself with its back against the wall. It has launched a public consultation process, but when I went on the site, it seemed overly complex. This is not rocket science. Existing laws that deal with tobacco, alcohol and impaired driving should extend to marijuana - including age restrictions.

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4 CN QU: Edu: Editorial: McGill Cannot Ignore The Fentanyl CrisisMon, 11 Sep 2017
Source:McGill Daily, The (CN QU Edu)          Area:Quebec Lines:71 Added:09/13/2017

Content Warning: drug use and overdose

Last week, public health officials in Montreal warned of an imminent fentanyl crisis that poses a serious risk to the city's drug users. Fentanyl is an opioid prescribed to relieve chronic pain, but its intensity is 40 times that of heroin, and its toxicity 100 times that of morphine. Fentanyl can be found in opiates, as well as party drugs such as cocaine, PCP, and MDMA. Because it's often present without the consumer's knowledge, it can easily cause a fatal overdose. In British Columbia, 706 overdose deaths from January to July 2017 involved fentanyl. In Montreal, there have been 24 confirmed drug overdose cases since the beginning of August 2017. Faced with this growing public health crisis, the McGill community must waste no time in supplying the tools and information necessary to keep students safe.

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5CN QU: OPED: Provinces Should Regulate Sale Of Edible MarijuanaTue, 12 Sep 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Charlebois, Sylvain Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:09/13/2017

Ontario's overly prudent new policy is short-sighted, Sylvain Charlebois says.

Ontario has become the first province to define how it intends to sell non-medicinal marijuana to the public. Around 150 stores across the province will open and will be operated by a division of the province's liquor board, the LCBO. Marijuana won't be sold alongside wine or liquor, but in separate, independent stores. The legal age for purchasing marijuana in Ontario will be 19, as it is for alcohol.

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6CN QU: Medical Community Split On Age For Legal PotFri, 08 Sep 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Riga, Andy Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:09/12/2017

Eighteen or 21? The age of legal pot consumption was a topic of debate at hearings on Thursday, with two medical associations at odds.

The Canadian Pediatric Society said 18 should be the minimum age to legally purchase recreational marijuana when the federal government legalizes it by July 1, 2018.

A few minutes later, the Federation des medecins specialistes du Quebec, representing medical specialists, said it should be 21.

The two groups were among dozens of organizations presenting briefs at a provincial public consultation in Montreal on Thursday and Friday.

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7CN QU: City Preparing For Opioid CrisisWed, 06 Sep 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Feith, Jesse Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:09/08/2017

Situation not yet an emergency, Coderre says

After meeting with police and public health officials, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said Tuesday the city is actively preparing to handle a coming opioid crisis.

"I was reassured about the status of the situation right now, but clearly it's an anticipated crisis that we have to address and face," Coderre said during a news conference at city hall.

The mayor's remarks came days after Montreal's public health department confirmed 12 overdose deaths in the city during the month of August. Another 24 people were saved by the use of naloxone, a medication that can be used to prevent fatal opioid overdoses.

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8CN QU: Gatineau Pot Firm Hires Ex-PoliticianFri, 01 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:09/06/2017

Former B.C. health minister signs on as vice-president at Hydropothecary

A medical marijuana company in Gatineau has snagged a high-profile former politician to work for its growing operation.

Terry Lake, who until a few months ago was B.C.'s health minister, will take a job as vice-president at Hydropothecary Corp., the company announced Thursday.

Lake served eight years in the B.C. legislature, and was health minister in the Liberal government between 2013 and the spring of 2017. He didn't run in the provincial election in May.

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9CN QU: Column: Opium Has A Long And Colourful HistorySat, 02 Sep 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Schwarcz, Joe Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:09/02/2017

In 1805, German apothecary Friedrich Serturner revolutionized the practice of pharmacy by isolating morphine from opium.

Opium, the latex exuded by the bulb of the poppy plant on scoring with a sharp instrument, has a long history of use dating back to about 3400 BC.

The Sumerians, living in the region that is modern day Iraq, are known to have cultivated the poppy and were aware of the effects of consuming its juice, referring to it as the "joy plant."

Judging by artwork depicting Sumerian medicine men carrying poppies, they were also aware of opium's painkilling abilities.

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10 CN QU: Legal Pot, But At What Price?Tue, 29 Aug 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Quebec Lines:93 Added:08/31/2017

Provinces agree marijuana cost, quality and access must be competitive with black market: Blair

MONTREAL - There is an overwhelming national consensus that legal marijuana must be priced, taxed and made available competitively with the black market, the man tasked with leading the drug's legalization in Canada said Monday.

All the provinces agree more needs to be done to better protect children and to take away revenues from organized criminals, MP Bill Blair said in an interview Monday.

Canada plans on legalizing marijuana by July 2018 by allowing adults to possess up to 30 grams of legal cannabis in public, and to grow up to four plants per household.

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11CN QU: Public Hearings Seek Input On Regulating Legal MarijuanaTue, 22 Aug 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU)          Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:08/25/2017

The Quebec government wants to hear from you about how legal marijuana should be regulated in this province.

Quebec Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois announced Monday that public hearings will be scheduled throughout the province beginning Tuesday and continuing until Sept. 12.

In a statement made public Monday, the government says the hearings will "allow citizens to have their say, hear their opinions on what decisions should be taken and identify the necessary measures to ensure the protection of their health and safety."

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12CN QU: Column: Little Packets Of TroubleSat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Schwarcz, Joe Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:07/25/2017

So-called bath salts, other street drugs are not a safe way to seek pleasure

When someone offers a tiny packet of "bath salts" for sale with a price tag somewhere between $30 and $50, you know that it is not meant to be sprinkled into a bathtub. These "bath salts," commonly available in head shops, online and even in some convenience stores, may sport a label declaring "not for human consumption," but they are clearly designed to cater to the insides of the body rather than the outside.

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13 CN QU: Naloxone Tough To Get In GatineauWed, 12 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Ottawa, CN ON) Author:Delamont, Kieran Area:Quebec Lines:47 Added:07/14/2017

For Ottawa residents, getting a naloxone kit to help protect against overdose deaths is as easy as finding a pharmacy and going through a 30-minute information session.

Across the river in Gatineau, however, the situation is much different.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services in Quebec does not provide funding for naloxone kits like its Ontario counterpart. Some municipal public health units, like Sante Montreal, provide kits, but only within that specific city.

For residents of cities like Gatineau, where neither the province nor the municipality provides coverage for naloxone, drug users may be left in the lurch.

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14CN QU: Pot-Smoking Teens Risk 'Psychotic' Episodes, Study SaysThu, 06 Jul 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Riga, Andy Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:07/10/2017

Fears legalization may 'normalize' use of marijuana

Teenagers who go from occasional pot smoking to weekly or daily use are two-and-a-half times more likely to have recurrent psychotic-like experiences, a new Montreal study says.

And with legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada less than a year away, the study's senior author says governments are ill-prepared for the fact that adolescents will interpret the policy change as proof it's OK to smoke pot.

"Our data show that transitioning to daily or weekly use of cannabis very significantly increases adolescents' risk of having more exaggerated and more frequent psychotic-like experiences," Patricia Conrod, a professor at the Universite de Montreal's psychiatry department, said in an interview.

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15CN QU: Parents Want Injection Site MovedWed, 21 Jun 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Loewen, Claire Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:06/21/2017

On school corridor and feared too close to Marguerite-Bourgeoys elementary

Parents at a downtown Montreal elementary school say a safe-injection site in their neighbourhood should be moved.

In September, Spectre de rue, an intervention centre for drug users, will begin operating a supervised injection site. The centre is on the corner of Ontario St. and Visitation Ave., about 200 metres from the Marguerite-Bourgeoys elementary school.

The parents are circulating a petition calling for the site to be moved to a location outside of the school corridor, a route designated by the city for children to walk safely to school.

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16CN QU: Drug Users Are In Safe Hands At CactusTue, 20 Jun 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Wilton, Katherine Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:06/20/2017

After years of lobbying for safe injection sites, outreach workers at Cactus Montreal have opened a facility that will allow people to use intravenous drugs under medical supervision.

Drugs users began entering the site on Berger St. in downtown Montreal on Monday afternoon, injecting drugs in the presence of a nurse and staff member.

"This is an important tool to reduce deaths and avoid infections," said Sandhia Vadlamudy, the executive director of Cactus. "We have been waiting for this for a long time."

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17CN QU: Legalizing Pot Prompts Sober Second ThoughtsTue, 30 May 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Hanes, Allison Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:05/30/2017

Montrealers have a well-earned reputation as a society of bon vivants with our abundant terrasses, fun festivals and depanneurs stocked with beer.

But with the countdown on to the legalization of marijuana in Canada, which is scheduled to happen just over a year from now, on July 1, 2018, Quebecers are raining on the parade.

It started with the Quebec government, expressing skepticism about the social costs versus the anticipated windfalls. Quebec's public health institute has raised red flags about potential harm from stoned driving or the effects of cannabis on developing brains. And now the concern apparently extends to ordinary citizens, who have expressed serious reservations about the implications of permitting recreational pot use compared to other Canadians.

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18CN QU: OPED: Needle Programs For Prisoners Increase SafetyMon, 15 May 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Elliott, Richard Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:05/19/2017

Drug use in jail is a reality and reducing harm is vital, say Richard Elliott and Rick Lines.

Almost one-third of federal prisoners reported using drugs during the past six months.

In December 2016, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott committed her government to a new national drug strategy that reinstates harm reduction as a non-negotiable pillar. It was a welcome announcement, signalling a modest shift away from the last decade's emphasis on prohibition and punishment - policies that continue to kill people who use drugs in Canada.

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19CN QU: Editorial: Just Ticket Pot For NowSat, 29 Apr 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU)          Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:04/29/2017

If all goes according to the Liberal government's recently announced plan, marijuana will be legal for adults in Canada as of July 1, 2018. This is a welcome reversal of Canada's 80-year prohibition on pot, which has never managed to control the demand for the recreational drug and left a black market in the hands of organized crime. But while the necessary legislative and practical preparations are undertaken, it remains a crime for Canadians to possess even small amounts for personal consumption. This creates unnecessary problems. It is senseless to go ahead with criminal charges for an offence that will no longer be a crime in a matter of months, wasting precious court resources in a justice system already struggling to handle more serious cases in a timely manner. It is also grossly unfair. Saddling people with criminal records for something legislators are the process of legitimizing has devastating consequences. Yet that's exactly what's been happening for years. Prime! Minister Justin Trudeau has cited this injustice as one of the reasons for finally legalizing pot.

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20CN QU: OPED: Legalizing Cannabis Will Help SocietyFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Golick, Jerry Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:04/25/2017

Far from putting Canadians at risk, the move will be beneficial, Jerry Golick says.

I would prefer to have a child experimenting with cannabis rather than with booze or tobacco.

Far from putting Canadians at higher risk, as Benjamin Anson suggested in his opinion article earlier this week ("Legalization of marijuana is courting disaster" April 18), the national legalization of cannabis will provide a much safer society, as well as innumerable other benefits.

The experience of jurisdictions that have legalized cannabis suggests there is little change in consumption rates post-legalization. Generally speaking, anyone wishing access to cannabis in a pre-legalization landscape can easily obtain it today. All we are changing is from whom it is purchased.

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21CN QU: Letter: Don't Complicate Legal Pot BusinessMon, 24 Apr 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Malfara, Glen K. Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:04/24/2017

Re: "City will ensure it gets share of taxes" (Montreal Gazette, April 20)

The ink is not even dry on the legislation to legalize marijuana and already Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has plans to demand his share. It is time to send a clear message to all levels of government that we are all adults and do not need advice from self-serving politicians.

Let the government pass the legislation and then see how it is received. I suggest using the restaurant model. A permit is issued to sell the legal product and allowing the government to do spot inspections, to ensure the vendor is in full compliance with the law. Why Quebec has to complicate a simple situation is unbelievable.

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22 CN QU: Editorial: Smoke And MirrorsWed, 19 Apr 2017
Source:Record, The (CN QU) Author:McDevitt, Mike Area:Quebec Lines:127 Added:04/22/2017

When young Justin Trudeau announced during has election campaign that a Liberal government would legalize the personal possession of marijuana for recreational purposes, the overall political impact could best be described as a collective response somewhere between indifference to "it's about time." For most, the issue of marijuana legalization was pretty low on totem pole of concerns, given more pressing issues. At most, the proposal helped solidify young Justin's reputation as a hip, modern alternative to the depressing crankiness of his predecessor.

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23 CN QU: Column: New Pot for Old Farts: A GuideThu, 20 Apr 2017
Source:Record, The (CN QU) Author:Murray, Ross Area:Quebec Lines:117 Added:04/22/2017

So, you've decided you're going to start smoking pot again. Congratulations! First, though, stop calling it "pot." These days, the cool kids call it "weed," and that's 30 percent the point of this entire exercise, right? To be cool again, just like you were in your twenties when you wore a bandana and regularly smoking doobies.

Don't say "doobies." Or wear a bandana.

Getting the lingo down is just one of the many things you'll have to relearn after these many, many years since you last smoked the ganja. (Do not say "the ganja.")

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24 CN QU: Editorial: Legal Pot? Are We Tripping, Or What?Tue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Record, The (CN QU) Author:Black, Peter Area:Quebec Lines:91 Added:04/19/2017

"Far out, man!" That's likely what teenaged me would have said if a visitor from the future had said Prime Minister Trudeau had legalized marijuana in 2018. Then I might have said "What? Trudeau is still prime minister?" Then, "Wow, this is some boss weed if I'm talking to some dude from the future." I might have added "Hey, visitor, when did the Leafs win their next Cup?"

Truth be told, your scribe was not much of stoner in his youth, though he effected some of the look and lifestyle. Long hair. Check. Tie-dyed shirts. Check. Bare-foot summers. Check. But a regular consumer of marijuana products? Pas a mon gout. Didn't really have the mental constitution for it. In fact, it's always been a mystery, and the subject of mountains of research, how people react differently when tetrahydrocannabinol hits their bloodstream.

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25CN QU: Barrette Wants Slice Of Pot PieTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU)          Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2017

Tweets take aim at Ottawa

Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barrette took to social media on Sunday to complain that Ottawa's marijuana legalization drops plenty of responsibilities on the provinces but little in the way of money.

Barrette, who has been decidedly cool to the Trudeau government's plan to legalize recreational marijuana use, wrote on his Twitter account that "Fed Libs political anthem: High visibility, low cost (to them). Always. Latest example? Pot legalization."

The minister then went on to muse over whether the provinces should get a share of any federal tax revenue generated by legal marijuana sales, writing "Pot: all consequences and responsibilities being imposed on PTs shoulders shouldn't fed taxes also be transferred to PTs!"

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26CN QU: OPED: Legalization Of Marijuana Is Courting DisasterTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Anson, Benjamin Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2017

As an employer and father, Benjamin Anson is alarmed

As an employer and father to three young children, I am alarmed by the federal government's plan to legalize marijuana.

There is already a deadly opioid crisis underway, but the government remains fixated on making marijuana freely available. The legalization of marijuana is a far more drastic, normalizing step than decriminalization would ever be.

Legalization will encourage marijuana use, thereby putting all Canadians at risk.

Marijuana is already being openly marketed in anticipation of legalization. If this statement sounds far-fetched, then look out for the billboards that already loom over Montreal streets advertising a website that indicates where marijuana can be bought.

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27CN QU: Legalization Advocates Are Not Impressed By BillTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Curtis, Christopher Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2017

Longtime advocate says legalization process puts 'fox in charge of hen house'

Jodie Emery fought the law and the law won.

At least, that's the short version of how things went down when Emery and her husband Marc tried to open five illegal marijuana dispensaries in Montreal last December.

Hours after the dispensaries' carnival-like grand opening, the Emerys were in handcuffs and police shut down all of their storefronts. Though Emery had escaped the initial crackdown, undercover officers caught up to her at a downtown hotel.

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28CN QU: Will There Be A Societe Du Cannabis Du Quebec?Sat, 15 Apr 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Riga, Andy Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2017

Will you be able to pick up a bag of pot at a Societe du cannabis du Quebec, run by the same people who sell you wine and scotch?

Employees of the province's liquor stores - the Societe des alcools du Quebec (SAQ) - hope so.

But Montreal's public-health system is dead set against that idea, suggesting the SAQ should not be a model because it promotes the use of alcohol to fill government coffers.

On Thursday, Ottawa announced its long-awaited legalization plan, saying it wants to provide regulated access to recreational cannabis no later than July 2018.

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29CN QU: Quebec Gives Federal Pot Plan Cool ReceptionFri, 14 Apr 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Authier, Philip Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:04/16/2017

Province wants cash to implement new policing, prevention responsibilities

Show us the money. The Quebec government said Thursday it is disappointed in the federal government's long awaited plan to legalize recreational marijuana.

Not only is Ottawa's plan vague and full of holes, it off-loads a whole new series of responsibilities and problems - from the need for more policing to the creation of prevention programs - onto the provinces, said Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois.

Worse, it fails to pledge the money to cover the enormous cost of applying the plan.

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30 CN QU: PUB LTE: Hazy Thinking On MarijuanaFri, 14 Apr 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Wilson, Alex Area:Quebec Lines:37 Added:04/16/2017

Re: "Trudeau's pot legalization a headache for Quebec" (Montreal Gazette, April 13)

Certain politicians seem not to be in touch with their constituents, or even reality, on the subject of marijuana legalization.

Some are saying legalizing pot would not reduce the effect of organized crime on this industry.

Are they for real?

If the federal government goes ahead with what's proposed and prices this product properly, the black market for pot will simply dry up.

It seems it's popular these days for politicians to say outlandish things so they can appear on TV instead of proposing reasonable ideas that are less sensationalistic.

Let's listen to our candidates - and vote them out of office when need be.

Alex Wilson, Montreal


31CN QU: Trudeauas Pot Legalization A Headache For QuebecThu, 13 Apr 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Authier, Philip Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:04/15/2017

Logistics are complicated, but province fears the social costs

The province will table its own legislation in response to Ottawa's plans to legalize recreational marijuana and is forming a common front with Ontario to draft an action plan to deal with the expected sweeping negative social consequences.

Emerging from a meeting of cabinet where the federal government's plan was analyzed at length, Public Health and Youth Protection Minister Lucie Charlebois said Quebec is moving rapidly to respond to deepening concerns - inside government and out - about the increased availability of pot.

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32 CN QU: Editorial: Smoke 'Em If Ya Got 'EmWed, 12 Apr 2017
Source:Record, The (CN QU) Author:McDevitt, Mike Area:Quebec Lines:130 Added:04/14/2017

Tomorrow, the Liberal Government of Justin Trudeau is expected to fulfill one of its most well-publicised campaign promises and present its much anticipated legislation to legalize the possession and use of cannabis for recreational purposes. Why they couldn't wait another week until April 20 (420) is a question worth pondering, but then again, that might have required a sense of humour.

The history of drug prohibition in Canada goes back to the early 20th Century when authorities became concerned about the use of certain substances among Asian immigrant communities. Marijuana was added to the ever-increasing list of banned substances in the 1920s and once again, race was an integral component. Drug use became associated with decadence, jazz, racial mixing, and sexual license - all things designed to send shivers through middle-class society and its concept of propriety.

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33CN QU: Quebec Braces For Legal MarijuanaWed, 12 Apr 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Authier, Philip Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:04/13/2017

Federal, provincial governments could earn $675M in 2018: study

What we want is a rigorous legislative framework so we can protect the population and especially our youth.

Unhappy that it could become more of a problem than it's worth, the Quebec government is encouraging Ottawa to tread lightly and with caution with its plans to legalize marijuana.

On the other hand, a new C.D. Howe study shows the federal and provincial government could rake in huge revenues - $675 million in 2018 alone - as long as they don't get greedy on taxes and drive buyers to the black market.

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34 CN QU: Group Has High Expectations For Budding BizFri, 31 Mar 2017
Source:Eastern Door, The (CN QU) Author:Deer, Jessica Area:Quebec Lines:124 Added:04/04/2017

With the federal government expected to legalize recreational marijuana use by 2018, Indigenous people across Turtle Island are trying to stay one jump ahead of the competition.

The National Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association (NIMCA) was officially launched on Saturday in Tyendinaga, with the goal to promote and defend Indigenous peoples relationship with cannabis.

"We are not allowing the Canadian government to regulate the Indigenous medical cannabis industry. You know who is going to regulate that? Indians," said Brian Marquis, who was elected at the president of NIMCA's Ontario chapter.

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35CN QU: OPED: Tobacco Model Shouldn't Apply To CannabisFri, 31 Mar 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Solby, Marc Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:04/04/2017

Task force recommendations on marketing of marijuana are too restrictive, Marc Solby says.

Spring has sprung and along with crocus blooms, Canadians are eagerly awaiting the legislation to create and govern the recreational cannabis market. In April 2016, Health Minister Jane Philpott announced a deadline of spring 2017 to bring in legislation. That time is now.

We hope that the government is developing legislation that is bolder and more practical than the cautious and naive recommendations issued nearly four months ago by its task force looking at the issue. The task force, with its emphasis on law enforcement, failed to imagine and embrace a legal, recreational market. Instead, it chose an approach that is needlessly restricting and controlling. It seeks to create a market to sell cannabis, but wants to sell the least amount possible, essentially trying to suck and blow at the same time.

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36 CN QU: Candidates Hit Cannabis Plan In NDP DebateMon, 27 Mar 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada)          Area:Quebec Lines:86 Added:03/31/2017

The Liberal government's plan to move ahead on marijuana legalization is up in smoke, NDP leadership candidates suggested during Sunday's leadership debate in Montreal while they also addressed a range of issues affecting youth including student debt and precarious work.

B.C. MP Peter Julian, one of four contenders in the race to replace Tom Mulcair as NDP leader, said the federal government has failed to keep its 2015 campaign pledge to legalize and regulate pot for recreational purposes.

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37 CN QU: Editorial: Taking The High RoadWed, 29 Mar 2017
Source:Record, The (CN QU) Author:McDevitt, Mike Area:Quebec Lines:126 Added:03/29/2017

A large number of Canadians let out a cough of relief this week as the Trudeau government announced that it will finally reveal its intentions with regard to legalization of the recreational use of marijuana within the next few weeks that will come into effect on July 1, 2018 (Cannabis Day?).

Although final details of the plan have yet to be released, informed sources are saying that the Bill will reflect the recommendations of a Parliamentary committee headed by former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair and will allow (force?) provincial governments to set up the kind of regimes they want in order to comply with the law.

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38CN QU: Access To Pot Key For Clinical Trials: ResearcherWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Greenaway, Kathryn Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:03/15/2017

Dr. Mark Ware has been studying the safe and effective use of medical marijuana for 16 years. His research is done at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Last June, Ware was named vice-chair of the federal task force studying the recreational use of marijuana. So he has studied the subject of cannabis from both ends of the spectrum.

When told that a 40,000-square-foot medical marijuana production facility was poised to open in Pointe-Claire, he put on his research cap.

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39CN QU: School Settles Lawsuit Over Strip SearchMon, 20 Feb 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Canadienne, Presse Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

The mother of a teenage girl who was subjected to a strip search at l'Ecole secondaire de Neufchatel has dropped a lawsuit requesting damages of $383,000 against the Quebec City school board and the school's administration.

A settlement was reached between the parties early this month, Le Soleil reports. The civil court case was scheduled to begin Feb. 20 before Judge Daniel Dumais of the Superior Court.

The girl's mother obtained the consent of the school board to drop the case without being subjected to any fees after two years and multiple judiciary procedures. The lawyers of both parties confirmed the settlement, but were unwilling to provide reasons.

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40CN QU: City Gets OK For Three Safe-Injection FacilitiesTue, 07 Feb 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Bruemmer, Rene Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:02/10/2017

Health Canada has given Montreal approval to open three supervised drug injection sites, making it only the second city in the country to have the facilities on its territory.

Canada's health ministry made the decision partly in an effort to stem the opioid overdose crisis racking British Columbia and several regions of the United States.

Montreal's public health authorities, drug counselling organizations and its mayor have been lobbying for the sites for years, arguing they save lives and reduce drug consumption in public spaces, making communities safer. They have been stymied by critics, including the previous Conservative government, who argued the sites would increase crime rates and promote drug use. The Liberal government of Justin Trudeau has voiced its support for the sites, and in December eased strict restrictions against opening them imposed by the previous administration.

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41 CN QU: Three Montreal Sites Approved For Supervised ConsumptionTue, 07 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:Quebec Lines:94 Added:02/10/2017

Health Canada has approved three supervised consumption sites for Montreal - the first federal approvals for the harm-reduction facilities outside of Vancouver as Ottawa presses forward in its response to Canada's overdose crisis.

Montreal has waited two years for federal sign-off on the sites, during which fatal overdoses linked to illicit fentanyl have surged in parts of Canada, notably British Columbia and Alberta. The federal department announced the approvals on Monday, noting that such sites have shown positive results in Canada and other countries.

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42CN QU: Physicians Spearhead Cannabis Clinical TrialSat, 21 Jan 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Curtis, Christopher Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:01/23/2017

Clinic involved in one-year study of marijuana in managing chronic pain

Gilles Richard doesn't harbour any illusions about his disease.

It has latched itself to his lungs, his bones and he fears it will eventually seep its way into his brain. Over time, he says, the sickness will prevail.

"I like to say I just want five good years," says Richard, a retired physicist. "But it could be three, it could be two . ... I won't take anything for granted."

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43CN QU: Doctors Challenge Medicinal Pot ChainThu, 12 Jan 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Curtis, Christopher Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:01/12/2017

A new chain of Montreal-area medicinal marijuana clinics hasn't yet opened, but its methods are already being challenged by Quebec's college of physicians.

And while the man behind these clinics says he's complying with the rules outlined by Health Canada's medicinal cannabis program, he also admits that some of the doctors he works with are based out of province and will prescribe the drug via Skype teleconference.

This practice is illegal, according to the College des medecins du Quebec.

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44CN QU: U.S. Pot Fugitive Held Pending DeportationSat, 24 Dec 2016
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Cherry, Paul Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:12/28/2016

An American fugitive who was dubbed the Godfather of Grass because of run-ins with the law involving the large-scale production of marijuana will be detained in Montreal for at least another week while authorities decide when he will be deported.

John Robert Boone, 73, was arrested by Montreal police Thursday afternoon at a shopping centre, at the corner of Ste-Catherine St. W. and Atwater Ave., putting an end to a police search that lasted eight years. He had been sought by the Kentucky State Police and the U.S. Marshals Service since 2008. He was detained at the Riviere-des-Prairies Detention Centre where he had a hearing Friday afternoon before an adjudicator with Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board.

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45 CN QU: LTE: Protecting Our Kids From DrugsThu, 22 Dec 2016
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Shefler, Charles Area:Quebec Lines:41 Added:12/24/2016

Re: "'Prince of Pot' defiant after arrest in Montreal" (Montreal Gazette, Dec. 19)

I am dumbfounded that even my brightest friends call Marc and Jodie Emery's move to open six marijuana dispensaries and get arrested a brash move. It's really just a well-crafted publicity stunt - cheap advertising.

But there's something much less talked about: How will we protect our kids in a legalized marijuana environment?

Fact: 90 per cent of adult addicts started off by smoking marijuana before the age of 18.

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46CN QU: 'Prince Of Pot' Defiant After Arrest In MontrealMon, 19 Dec 2016
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Meagher, John Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:12/23/2016

Marc Emery, the so-called Prince of Pot, remains defiant about flouting pot laws in Canada despite his arrest in Montreal on Friday.

Emery was one of 10 people arrested when police raided the Cannabis Culture shops around town. Emery was released from detention Saturday. After his arraignment, he flew back to Toronto the same day.

He is scheduled to appear in court in Montreal on Feb. 15.

Although it has been reported he was slapped with three charges - drug trafficking, possession for trafficking, and conspiracy - Emery said he was only charged with two offences.

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47CN QU: Cannabis Culture Outlets Raided, 10 HeldSat, 17 Dec 2016
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Curtis, Christopher Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:12/19/2016

Police seize 18 kg of marijuana, confiscate cash and equipment

Montreal police arrested Canada's self-proclaimed "Prince of Pot" Friday night and seized 18 kilograms of cannabis a day after the splashy opening of six illegal marijuana dispensaries across the city.

Dozens of officers raided the stores at supper hour, arresting 10 people and confiscating an undisclosed amount of cash and equipment relating to the sale of marijuana. Police would neither confirm nor deny that they nabbed Marc Emery, but his wife Jodie posted a video of him being taken away.

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48CN QU: Free 'Nugs' As Illegal Pot Shops Open For Business Across CityFri, 16 Dec 2016
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Curtis, Christopher Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:12/18/2016

Say what you will about his methods, but Canada's self-proclaimed "Prince of Pot" knows how to make an entrance.

Throngs of admirers stood in the snow Thursday and cheered Marc Emery on as he rolled up to the opening of an illegal marijuana dispensary on Mont-Royal Ave. He held court in the shop for half an hour as he made an impassioned case for the legalization of pot - logic-based arguments honed over a career of marijuana advocacy.

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49CN QU: 'Prince Of Pot' To Open Illegal Dispensaries In MontrealTue, 13 Dec 2016
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Curtis, Christopher Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:12/18/2016

Chain sells to recreational users who are over 19 years of age

'Prince of Pot' ready to set up shop in Plateau Canada's self-described "Prince of Pot" is expanding his chain of illegal marijuana dispensaries into Montreal as of Thursday, according to sources.

A blogger made the announcement on marijuana advocate Marc Emery's online magazine last week. His wife, Jodie, posted a cryptic tweet on Dec. 8, counting down the days until the dispensary's Montreal debut.

Two sources close to Emery have confirmed he intends to open as many as three dispensaries in the Plateau-Mont-Royal neighbourhood.

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50 CN QU: Column: Legalizing MarijuanaThu, 24 Nov 2016
Source:Record, The (CN QU) Author:Belford, Tim Area:Quebec Lines:77 Added:11/28/2016

At the risk of being accused of pulling a Hillary Clinton and playing fast and loose with the truth let me say this; I have never smoked marijuana, and if I did I never inhaled. Okay, if I inhaled it was only by accident. Except for that one time I was offered a toke from a totally awesome young thing and I took it just to be polite.

Anyway, what I did or did not do when I was young and foolish can't be proven anyway, since thankfully back then we didn't take selfies. Besides, all the potential witnesses to my escapades are now either in a seniors' home or at the point where they need to leave a memo on the fridge door just to remind them to take the grocery list when they go shopping.

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