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1 CN ON: Column: Ontario's Pot Selling Plan Goes From Bad To WorseThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Northumberland Today (CN ON) Author:Egan, Kelly Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:09/19/2017

The government selling weed to anybody is a terrible idea.

So is the creation of a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario to create and run a retail network.

I was browsing Ontario's sunshine list on Monday, the phone-book sized document that catalogues public-sector salaries of more than $100,000.

The LCBO has either 359 or 313 employees on the list - honestly, it was like counting jelly beans in a giant jar - including a president and CEO who made $494,308 in 2016.

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2 CN ON: Column: Ontario's Pot-Selling Plan Puffs Up BureaucracyThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Delhi News-Record, The (CN ON) Author:Merriam, Jim Area:Ontario Lines:91 Added:09/19/2017

The Ontario Liberals, who couldn't organize a pee parade at a beer festival, are going into the retail marijuana business.

This means another increase in the size of the already bloated bureaucracy. It also means the province will steamroll over entrepreneurs ready and able to do this right.

In addition, Queen's Park is taking a mealy-mouth approach to sales of a legal product.

A distribution strategy is not about whether the "Mary Jane" we were warned about in grainy scare films in school in the mid 1900s should or should not be legalized.

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3 CN ON: Column: Ontario's Pot Selling Plan Goes From Bad To WorseThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Packet & Times (CN ON) Author:Egan, Kelly Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:09/19/2017

The government selling weed to anybody is a terrible idea.

So is the creation of a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario to create and run a retail network.

I was browsing Ontario's sunshine list on Monday, the phone-book sized document that catalogues publicsector salaries of more than $100,000.

The LCBO has either 359 or 313 employees on the list - honestly, it was like counting jelly beans in a giant jar - including a president and CEO who made $494,308 in 2016.

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4 CN ON: Editorial: No Need To Hastily Strike The Match On Legal PotSun, 17 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:66 Added:09/19/2017

Canada's and Ontario's top cops have told the federal Liberal government it is moving too quickly on legalizing recreational pot. A delay might be necessary.

The government should listen carefully to what law enforcement officers are saying. Whether or not one thinks it's a good idea to make marijuana legal for recreational use, the fact that police are worried about the timelines is troubling. It's a problem for us all if pot is legalized without proper preparation to keep public order and uphold the rules.

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5 CN ON: Editorial: Up In SmokeThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Hamilton Mountain News (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:63 Added:09/19/2017

The Ontario Liberals' plan to sell marijuana in government-operated stores may have provided some clarity on what has been a confusing strategy by the federal Liberals to legalize marijuana.

But controlling weed like the province controls alcohol creates more problems than answers to what has been a hands-off approach both levels of government have managed on the issue. The entire roll out of the legalization of marijuana by the federal government has been botched with governments unsure about a distribution network or enforcement strategy.

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6CN PI: OPED: Provinces Bear Marijuana BurdenMon, 18 Sep 2017
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Bird, Malcolm Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

Ottawa will enjoy political payoff but all problems and logistics will fall on provinces

The federal government is set on legalizing marijuana by summer 2018. While they will enjoy the political payoff of appearing progressive, all the problems and the logistics of legalizing pot will fall on the shoulders of the provincial governments.

There are strong correlations between how a drug or an indulgence, such as gambling, is made available to the public and the propensity for individuals to indulge in it, and the negative health and social outcomes associated with its use.

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7 CN ON: OPED: What's Missing In Ontario's Approach To MarijuanaMon, 18 Sep 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Charlebois, Sylvain Area:Ontario Lines:123 Added:09/19/2017

Ontario deserves some credit for forging ahead with guidelines for its legal marijuanadistribution system, but the province's plan is filled with ambiguities and unknowns.

Ontario is the first province to define how it intends to sell nonmedicinal marijuana to the public. About 150 stores across the province will be operated by a division of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).

Marijuana won't be sold alongside wine or liquor, but in separate stores, as was recommended by a parliamentary committee earlier this year.

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8 CN ON: Column: Two Big Issues To Keep An Eye On As Parliament ReturnsSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Hebert, Chantal Area:Ontario Lines:104 Added:09/19/2017

When it comes to two of the big policy battles that loom as the fall sitting of Parliament gets underway next week, prudence dictates that a journalist keeps his or her powder dry.

In the debate over the government's proposed tax changes for people with private corporations, as in the case of the Liberal plan to legalize marijuana, what we have so far seen are just the opening manoeuvres in a tug-of-war, the outcome of which in the court of public opinion is far from decided.

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9 Canada: Column: Pot Legalization Is No Pipe Dream, So AuthoritiesSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Clark, Campbell Area:Canada Lines:105 Added:09/19/2017

Too quick, many of the provinces say. There just isn't time to put in place a way to distribute legalized marijuana, and all the rules and schemes needed. Oh no, the police say, the timelines are tight, and they're worried that they won't be ready for policing in the brave new world of legal pot.

Okay folks, let's stop talking like slackers. This doesn't have to drag on for years.

The legalization of marijuana has been debated in Canadian politics since the 1970s and studied by task forces and committees for decades. It has been official government policy for two years. There are still 10 months before it is slated to be legal in July. Sure, there are significant details to work out - but this is not Mission: Impossible.

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10CN BC: Column Dope Shops Are Going The Way Of The DodoFri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

Cannabis dispensaries should be afraid, very afraid, about what is in store when the federal government legalizes cannabis for recreational use.

Justice ministers are meeting in Vancouver and the House of Commons health committee this week has been examining the legalization law - and the clock is ticking for those trying to cash in on the current chaos.

There are widespread concerns about everything from the massive impact of legal cannabis on impaired driving enforcement to the fallout of allowing anyone over 18 to grow up to four pot plants.

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11 CN ON: Column: Managing Fallout Of Legal Marijuana Is An Inside JobSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Hauser, Michelle Area:Ontario Lines:108 Added:09/19/2017

When it comes to my son's possible future use of marijuana, I'm not sure if "It's legal, mom!" will have a material impact on my response.

I have imagined this conversation, and others like it, about life's many potentially addicting substances and behaviours - alcohol, prescription and other drugs, gambling, speeding, texting and driving, pornography, sugar, etc. - because I know the kind of world we live in today and that the values of the majority are less and less aligned with the old-fashioned values espoused at my craggy old kitchen table.

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12 CN ON: Editorial: Decriminalize All Drugs? Not A Bad IdeaSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:119 Added:09/19/2017

NDP leadership candidate Jagmeet Singh's recent promise that, as prime minister, he would move quickly to drop criminal penalties for possession or purchase of small amounts of all drugs will no doubt seem radical to many.

Broad-based decriminalization would be a stark reversal after decades of increasingly punitive policies. And this would certainly add a layer of complication to the already-complicated task of legalizing marijuana, which Ottawa and the provinces are struggling to do by next summer. The Trudeau government's current position on decriminalization is understandable: Ottawa already has its hands full with pot.

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13 CN ON: OPED: Government Goes For Reefer Monopoly MadnessFri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Emery, Jodie Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:09/19/2017

It's the worst possible provincial legalization plan: Ontario's Liberal government has announced a state monopoly on the sale of legal nonmedical cannabis, combined with a massive crackdown on the existing cannabis industry.

Legalization wasn't supposed to be like this. Canadians increasingly supported ending cannabis criminalization after watching billions of tax dollars wasted by law enforcement going after peaceful people for pot.

Marijuana has been grown and consumed in Canada for decades without any measurable negative impact on the health and safety of society. In fact, the impact has been more positive than negative, especially for sick and suffering citizens.

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14 CN ON: Column: No Shortage Of Fear And Alarm At Pot HearingsSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Harper, Tim Area:Ontario Lines:111 Added:09/19/2017

It's difficult to analyze the impact of Ottawa's coming marijuana legislation with studies and numbers and examinations of other jurisdictions.

This is the type of social legislation that sparks emotions that can't be allayed with pie charts.

There are many thousands, if not millions, of Canadian parents worried this will make it easier for their children to find pot.

On the other hand, an untold number of parents are likely to spark one up tonight to relax after the kids head to bed.

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15 CN ON: OPED: What About Edibles?Fri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Charlebois, Sylvain Area:Ontario Lines:123 Added:09/19/2017

Provincial plan on selling pot is silent on the issue of cannabis-infused food products

Ontario deserves some credit for forging ahead with guidelines for its legal marijuana distribution system, but the province's plan is filled with ambiguities and unknowns.

Ontario is the first province to define how it intends to sell nonmedicinal marijuana to the public. About 150 stores across the province will be operated by a division of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).

Marijuana won't be sold alongside wine or liquor, but in separate stores, as was recommended by a parliamentary committee earlier this year.

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16 CN ON: OPED: Government Goes For Reefer Monopoly MadnessFri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Emery, Jodie Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:09/19/2017

It's the worst possible provincial legalization plan: Ontario's Liberal government has announced a state monopoly on the sale of legal nonmedical cannabis, combined with a massive crackdown on the existing cannabis industry.

Legalization wasn't supposed to be like this. Canadians increasingly supported ending cannabis criminalization after watching billions of tax dollars wasted by law enforcement going after peaceful people for pot.

Marijuana has been grown and consumed in Canada for decades without any measurable negative impact on the health and safety of society. In fact, the impact has been more positive than negative, especially for sick and suffering citizens.

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17 CN ON: Editorial: Marijuana Plans Paint Wynne As OpportunisticThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Woolwich Observer (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:76 Added:09/19/2017

TELLING IT LIKE IT is, the Ontario government's plans for dealing with legalized marijuana are nothing short of a cash grab, coupled with some pandering to the public sector unions Kathleen Wynne hopes will win her votes among a group responsible for acting against the public interest.

Never mind talk about preventing kids from getting weed - that will continue as it always has - the decision to have the LCBO oversee sales is purely about Queen's Park cashing in on the federal government's dubious look-how-hip-we-are policies.

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18Canada: Column: Americans Urge Calm On Legal WeedThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Cosh, Colby Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

I cannot be the only one who feels the world is a little upside-down after Wednesday's hearings on marijuana held by the House of Commons standing committee on health. The day's proceedings were essentially broken into two parts. First, high-ranking Canadian police came before the committee to complain that they didn't have the technical resources or the training to deal with legalized marijuana. They pleaded for the passage of the Liberals' Cannabis Act to be delayed.

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19 CN ON: Editorial: Delay Deadline For Legal PotThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:73 Added:09/19/2017

When police tell them to "slow down," good citizens comply. Not so the federal government, which is ignoring a very reasonable call from Canada's police services to slow down on its overly ambitious plan to legalize recreational marijuana as of next July 1.

The plea from the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Ontario Provincial Police and Saskatoon Police Services was delivered Tuesday to the House of Commons health committee, which is studying the federal legislation that will legalize cannabis.

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20 CN ON: Column: Wynne Is No Nanny On Pot SalesThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Cohn, Martin Regg Area:Ontario Lines:105 Added:09/19/2017

My nanny never dealt me dope. That's why I'm flummoxed by the flurry of protests against Premier Kathleen Wynne, accused of being Ontario's nanny-in-chief in the matter of marijuana sales.

Pushing dope isn't in the job description for normal nannies. And yet our premier is prepared to serve it up.

Seems nanny is now a dirty word in our ideological wars, hurled at any hint of government regulation or red tape: Seatbelt laws, motorcycle helmets, gun registries, booze controls, drug restrictions - all evidence of the nanny state repressing and dressing us down, conspiring to inhibit our presumed right to imbibe and inhale in a haze.

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