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1 CN AB: Editorial: A Pot Revolution Comes To CanadaSat, 22 Apr 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:92 Added:04/22/2017

The right prices and levels of taxation must be set. If they're too low, people might be tempted to overindulge. If they're too high, criminals will provide cheaper alternatives.

In case you missed it, the federal government has just sown the seeds for a full-blown social revolution in Canada.

Last Thursday, just before the Easter long weekend started, the Liberals tabled legislation that will legalize and regulate the production, sale and use of recreational marijuana in this country starting in the summer of 2018.

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2 CN ON: Oped: Safety Top Priority In New Cannabis LawsThu, 20 Apr 2017
Source:Tribune, The (CN ON) Author:Goodale, Ralph Area:Ontario Lines:73 Added:04/22/2017

If your objectives are to protect public health and safety, keep marijuana out of the hands of minors and cut illegal profits flowing to organized crime, then the law as it stands today has been an abject failure.

From the very beginning, health and safety objectives have been in the forefront of our approach to cannabis. The new legislation we introduced last week reflects that - to do a better job of protecting our kids and fighting crime.

We have benefited from the thorough, balanced and thoughtful advice of an expert task force which gathered the best available data, medical and legal input, the experiences of other jurisdictions around the world and the views of a vast array of Canadians. Our proposals are in line with their recommendations.The new law would create a strong framework for legalizing, strictly regulating and restricting the use of cannabis:

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3 CN MB: OPED: Take Public-Health Approach To PotThu, 20 Apr 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Reimer, Joss Area:Manitoba Lines:84 Added:04/22/2017

This time next year will be the last 4/20 - the unofficial cannabis holiday known by its numeric calendar date - when possessing weed for personal use will be a crime. Legalization is coming to Canada in the summer of 2018.

So far, reactions to legalized cannabis have ranged from healthy concern to outright fearmongering. Some people have claimed it will lead the youth astray, make our roads less safe and harm our overall health.

Legalizing cannabis is not without risk. But legalization can also address how risky our current approach, the so-called War On Drugs, has been.

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4 CN BC: Column: Is Marijuana The Miracle Drug Pot Pushers Claim?Thu, 20 Apr 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Slivinski, Ada Area:British Columbia Lines:54 Added:04/22/2017

There are some pretty substantial medicinal claims around marijuana. Children who no longer have seizures thanks to cannabis oil, symptoms of multiple sclerosis stalled or in some cases reversed thanks to the drug.

I've spoken with many people who say marijuana has drastically changed their lives for the better and that they would not be functioning at anywhere near the level they are today without it.

I spent one afternoon with Chris Nelson, the coowner of Weeds South Van, and he spoke openly and frankly about the desperation that led him to try giving his wife cannabis oil and the drastic way it has changed both of their lives for the better. While I was at the shop I also met a young man who became addicted to opioids after his leg was amputated and doctors prescribed him meds for the pain. He credits pot with helping him kick the habit by easing some of the downsickness that comes with withdrawal. He now works at Weeds and says many of the people who come through the door have used marijuana for the same reason.

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5CN BC: Column: Why Are Provincial Politicians Staying Mum OnWed, 19 Apr 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Leyne, Les Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/22/2017

Campaigning provincial politicians have dozens of changes in mind for B.C., but they are scarcely talking about the major adjustment that's coming, regardless of who wins the May 9 election.

For all the competing visions being outlined by provincial leaders, the federal government's move to legalize marijuana is going to be the single biggest revamp on the social and political scene. It was introduced last week and could be in effect by next summer. Still, Liberal, NDP and Green campaigns have scarcely taken notice.

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6CN AB: Editorial: Work Must Exclude PotThu, 20 Apr 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:04/22/2017

Adding to the many concerns and ambiguities clouding the Trudeau government's rush to legalize recreational marijuana use in Canada, the energy sector has exposed a significant void in the proposed rollout.

Enform, the oilpatch safety organization, is justifiably concerned that proposed federal laws tabled in the House of Commons last week do not include regulations on workplace safety.

It's urging Ottawa and provincial leaders - though the federal cannabis task force - to harmonize labour rules to ban marijuana use in workplaces where safety could be compromised. In Alberta, that would include most oil and gas operations.

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7 CN BC: Editorial: 4/20 A Headache For TrudeauThu, 20 Apr 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Godbout, Neil Area:British Columbia Lines:120 Added:04/22/2017

April 20 is 4/20 on the calendar, the numerical slang long used by marijuana enthusiasts to signify lighting up. This year's 4/20 has major significance because this will be the last year the current laws of the land apply. By this day next year, recreational use of marijuana by Canadian citizens 19 years and older will be legal.

More than any other, this election promise made by Justin Trudeau's Liberals shows that Team Sunny Ways didn't really believe they'd win the 2015 federal election.

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8 Canada: Editorial: Before We Legalize, DecriminalizeThu, 20 Apr 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada)          Area:Canada Lines:103 Added:04/22/2017

The Trudeau government has put itself and many Canadians in a bind with the announcement that it will legalize marijuana by July of next year.

On the one hand, Canada has made it clear that the war on this particular drug is over - a decision based on pot's popularity and ready availability in this country, and in the knowledge that criminalizing its sale and possession for personal use is more harmful, on balance, than allowing its consumption in a tightly regulated market.

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9 CN MB: Column: New Pot Laws Must Include Pardons For Old ConvictionsThu, 20 Apr 2017
Source:Metro (Winnipeg, CN MB) Author:Mochama, Vicky Area:Manitoba Lines:73 Added:04/22/2017

We cannot have a future pot policy that doesn't deal with criminalized pasts.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has said that the new pot legislation will not include any special amnesty for past convictions.

This is a mistake.

The government's proposed legislation follows a public health approach of reducing harm and preventing problematic drug use. But the legislation, which is slated to come into effect by July 1, 2018, cannot just serve future drug users - and businesses, for that matter. It should also serve the health and wellbeing of the young, racialized men and women who are currently in court and in prison on drug charges.

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10 CN SN: Editorial: It's Still A Clouded IssueWed, 19 Apr 2017
Source:Estevan Mercury (CN SN)          Area:Saskatchewan Lines:80 Added:04/22/2017

Canadians will be able to celebrate this country's 151st birthday by legally lighting up a joint.

The federal government has introduced legislation to legalize marijuana by July 1, 2018, fulfilling one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's election campaign promises. But there are still a lot of questions regarding the details of a legal pot industry.

Canada doesn't have a lot of international precedent to guide it. We will be just the second country in the world, after Uruguay, to fully legalize marijuana. It's decriminalized in some parts of the world, and legal in some American states, but countries as a whole have been leery about legalizing marijuana.

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11 CN BC: Editorial: Legal WeedTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:North Island Gazette (CN BC) Author:Harding, John Area:British Columbia Lines:90 Added:04/22/2017

When the smoke clears we will all have a better understanding about the details of the federal government's new marijuana laws.

Right now, we know this about the proposed legislation, tabled in the House of Commons last week by the Liberal government:

* Adults 18 and older will be allowed to possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis in public, share up to 30 grams with other adults, and buy cannabis or cannabis oil from a provincially regulated retailer.

* Selling cannabis to a minor will become a specific offence, for the first time in the history of the Criminal Code.

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12 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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13 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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14Canada: Column: Is It Possible To Ever Please Pot Activists?Thu, 20 Apr 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Martinuk, Susan Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:04/22/2017

To those familiar with drug culture, April 20th has long been known as 4/20, a celebration marked by smoking pot and taking delight in all things related to cannabis.

In Vancouver, the swelling numbers of 4/20 participants required that the 2016 toke-fest be moved out of the downtown core to Sunset Beach and its surrounding neighbourhood. An estimated 25,000 people used the opportunity to purchase the latest marijuana products and collectively generate an enormous haze that hovered over parts of the city.

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15 CN ON: Column: Controlled SubstanceWed, 19 Apr 2017
Source:Kenora Daily Miner And News (CN ON) Author:Fallis, Jay Area:Ontario Lines:96 Added:04/22/2017

Regulated and legal marijuana limits capacity for criminal organizations to profit

Whether or not you have smoked marijuana, you could probably identify the scent of its smoke. You can smell it everywhere: parks, streets, concert venues, and even on occasion, the lawns of Parliament Hill. It has become an unauthorised part of life in Canada.

However, it seems that it's unauthorized status could soon be changing. In the wake of a report issued by the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation this past November, the Liberal Government recently tabled marijuana legislation in the House of Commons. So, with the idea of legalization quickly gaining traction, I talked with Conservative MP Bruce Stanton to get a better understanding of the implications.

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16 CN AB: Editorial: Ramifications Of Legal Marijuana Remain CloudyThu, 20 Apr 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Gallant, Collin Area:Alberta Lines:99 Added:04/22/2017

Today is April 20, or 4/20 for short, the day marijuana activists use for protest, public displays of defiance and a call to action to legalize pot.

The times are certainly about to change as Ottawa and the provinces consider the implications of the Liberal government's plan to make marijuana legal.

Concerns about decriminalizing pot, however, have many recreational smokers increasingly leery about receiving what they wished for.

Those are the people who should benefit most from the bill, which is posed as a measure to avoid criminal records and fines for possession of the drug that is extremely common, if one is being honest.

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17 CN ON: OPED: Proposed Pot Legislation Prohibits And PunishesWed, 19 Apr 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Emery, Jodie Area:Ontario Lines:92 Added:04/22/2017

The Liberal government finally introduced its highly anticipated marijuana legalization legislation. But this proposal is not legalization - it is continued criminalization, with new harsher laws designed to punish even more people.

Canadians want marijuana to be legal because they grew tired of seeing family and friends arrested and charged, then denied job opportunities and travel rights. They became frustrated seeing police spend their tax dollars every year going after people for pot, when they should be solving serious crimes.

Decades of studies note that the multi-billion-dollar marijuana industry already exists in Canada despite decades of prohibition. People grow it, sell it, and consume it in massive quantities. And they're not gangsters; in fact, justice department court statistics acknowledge 95 per cent of growers are otherwise law-abiding citizens with no connection to organized crime.

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18 CN BC: Column: B.C. Leaders Lie Low On Legal Highs AheadThu, 20 Apr 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Leyne, Les Area:British Columbia Lines:106 Added:04/22/2017

Campaigning provincial politicians have dozens of changes in mind for B.C., but they are scarcely talking about the major adjustment that's coming, regardless of who wins the election.

For all the competing visions being outlined by provincial leaders, the federal government's move to legalize marijuana is going to be the single biggest revamp on the social and political scene.

It was introduced last week and could be in effect by next summer (just in time to help cope with Peter Mansbridge's retirement). Still, Liberal, NDP and Green campaigns have scarcely taken notice.

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19 CN AB: Column: Making The Illegal SaferTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Vulcan Advocate (CN AB) Author:Wilson, Morgan Area:Alberta Lines:103 Added:04/21/2017

There's very little middle ground in the debate about safe injection sites.

Lines are quickly drawn between the supporters and the opposition.

I suspect that you could do a bit of political polling during a discussion about "supervised consumption sites" and the lines dividing the participant camps would likely reveal a left-right political split as well.

Conservatives tend to be anti-drug, anti-safe injection types.

Liberals tend to flow to the other side, largely supporting supervised consumption sites.

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20 Canada: Editorial: Canada Moves Boldly On MarijuanaSun, 16 Apr 2017
Source:New York Times (NY)          Area:Canada Lines:78 Added:04/21/2017

A majority of Americans and Canadians believe that marijuana should be legal. The governments of the two countries, however, appear to be moving in very different directions.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been a staunch opponent of legalization for years, recently ordered a review of an Obama-era policy under which the federal government agreed not to interfere with state laws on marijuana, as long as the states took steps to regulate its distribution and use. Mr. Sessions's apparent goal is to make Washington the ultimate authority.

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