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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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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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
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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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Ontario's overly prudent new policy is short-sighted, Sylvain
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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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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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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Former B.C. health minister signs on as vice-president at
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
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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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
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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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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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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So-called bath salts, other street drugs are not a safe way to seek
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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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
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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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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On school corridor and feared too close to Marguerite-Bourgeoys
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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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
"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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Montrealers have a well-earned reputation as a society of bon vivants
with our abundant terrasses, fun festivals and depanneurs stocked with
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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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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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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Far from putting Canadians at risk, the move will be beneficial, Jerry
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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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
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
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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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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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"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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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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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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Longtime advocate says legalization process puts 'fox in charge of hen
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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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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Province wants cash to implement new policing, prevention
Show us the money. The Quebec government said Thursday it is
disappointed in the federal government's long awaited plan to legalize
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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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
Alex Wilson, Montreal
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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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
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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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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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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
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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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
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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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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
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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
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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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
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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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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
"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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A new chain of Montreal-area medicinal marijuana clinics hasn't yet
opened, but its methods are already being challenged by Quebec's college
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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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
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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
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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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.
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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Police seize 18 kg of marijuana, confiscate cash and
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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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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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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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
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