Demonized for decades, marijuana remains controversial even on the
brink of its statewide legalization - and even in pot-friendly
strongholds such as San Francisco. The city is one of many still
debating local regulations that will either embrace an overdue retreat
from the drug war or effectively prolong the failed policy at the
For vacillating municipal officials, some context is in order. This
week alone, New Jersey and Virginia voters resoundingly elected
gubernatorial candidates promising to liberalize marijuana policy;
Constellation Brands, a Fortune 500 seller of many popular wine and
beer brands, was reported to have bought a nearly $200 million stake
in a Canadian cannabis company; and California's attorney general
approved signature-gathering for a ballot measure to legalize
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to add
post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can
legally be treated with medical marijuana.
The PTSD bill was part of a package of legislation that Cuomo signed
Saturday to mark Veterans Day.
The Democratic governor said 19,000 New Yorkers with PTSD could be
helped by medical marijuana.
He said the potential beneficiaries include veterans as well as police
officers and survivors of domestic violence, crime and accidents.
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A citizens committee in Colton has launched an initiative to regulate
and tax local cannabis cultivation, manufacturing and distribution in
order to generate millions of dollars in revenue for law enforcement,
schools and public safety programs.
The Committee for Safer Neighborhoods and Schools recently filed its
proposed marijuana ordinance with the city and will soon begin
gathering signatures for placement on the 2018 ballot.
Meanwhile, the Colton City Council awaits a drafted ordinance of
potential regulations recommended by a committee of city leaders and
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When 74 percent of San Francisco voters last year backed legalizing
the adult recreational use of marijuana statewide, the idea was to
make it easier to buy and smoke pot - a substance that has never been
that hard to buy or smoke in San Francisco anyway.
Tell that to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
The Keystone Cops of Cannabis have spent countless hours over endless
committee meetings in recent weeks, devising ways to dramatically
limit where people can buy and sell marijuana once the substance
becomes legal for recreational use statewide on Jan. 1.
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A global credit rating agency says taxes on recreational marijuana in
California could reach 45 percent in some places, high enough to keep
the thriving black market in business despite legalization.
The report by Fitch Ratings, "Local Taxes May Challenge Cannabis
Legalization in California," warns that state and local taxes may
combine to threaten the government revenue expected from the sale of
legalized cannabis and cannabis products. The recreational use of the
drug will be legal in California starting Jan. 1 under Proposition 64,
the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act, passed by
voters last November.
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Can you be fired in Michigan for using medical marijuana?
Joseph Casias injured his knee at the Battle Creek Wal-Mart where he
worked in 2009.
Per company policy, he took a drug test. It came back positive.
Casias had been using marijuana at home to treat pain from sinus
cancer and an inoperable brain tumor.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued on his behalf for wrongful
discharge in violation of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.
A U.S. District Judge sided with the company. The U.S. Sixth Circuit
Court of Appeals later upheld the ruling.
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Pot entrepreneurs should be encouraged, says Paul Clark.
Entrepreneurial ism and innovation are key ingredients to Canada's
domestic economy and its international competitiveness. For example,
France has a vibrant wine industry, Cuba is recognized for its cigars,
China has a strong manufacturing role, and Italy and France have their
To this end, the Government of Canada invests a considerable amount of
money and effort into sparking and supporting entrepreneurial
activities. For example, government-funded Entrepreneurial Incubators
exist across the country, loans to entrepreneurs and small businesses
are widely promoted, and other agencies such as Community Futures
support entrepreneurial activity.
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The question is not when our government will decriminalize personal
possession and provide a safe clean drug source, like we do for
alcohol and soon to be marijuana, but how many more families will be
devastated with the loss of a loved one before a government is brave
enough to value lives over votes.
In Portugal, possession is not a criminal offence if you have a 10 day
personal supply in your possession. If it is more than that then it's
treated as trafficking. By decriminalizing personal possession, we can
then start to rid the negative stigma that is associated with addiction.
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Being illegal - for now - makes it hard to pin down just how big the
market for marijuana is, but one estimate suggests it's at least as
large as hard liquor sales, about $5 billion annually.
The report, from financial services firm Deloitte, estimates the
market for legalized recreational marijuana could give Canada's
economy a $22.6 billion annual boost when you include growers,
equipment suppliers and the like.
With that much of an economic boost at stake, it's a little hard to
understand the fear-mongering coming from many levels of society as
the date for the promised legalization approaches.
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Recreational weed is now legal in California. So what does that
In January 2018, state and local authorities will begin issuing
licenses for the sale of legal recreational marijuana. But what do you
need to know before you rush to the dispensary? Information courtesy
When recreational marijuana sales became legal in Nevada on July 1,
customers were lined up around the block of a dispensary near downtown
Reno, eager to buy buds. In Las Vegas, cannabis enthusiasts showed up
in limos and tour buses, ready to participate in the opening-day pot
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$1 per gram plan revealed, but premier says provinces will carry an
OTTAWA- The federal government formally rolled out details Friday of
its tax plan for legalized marijuana, proposing a combined
federal-provincial excise tax capped at 10 per cent, or $1 per gram,
with the revenue haul split equally with provinces.
In documents that urge a "co-ordinated approach" between federal and
provincial/territorial governments, Ottawa implicitly acknowledged
that provinces could move to set excise taxes higher, but said that
would fail to keep black market producers out.
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Alberta is definitely going to pot.
But privately, not publicly.
According to a good old fashioned scoop by my colleague Emma Graney,
the government will introduce legislation next week to allow the
private sector to sell marijuana in stand-alone stores starting July
of next year.
Thus endeth the big mystery over whether pot sales would be done
through privately owned shops or government-controlled outlets.
These "hemporiums" (I'm really hoping that catches on) will be run
much like our private liquor stores that are located all over the
place, making a beer run much more convenient than the days of yore
(before 1993) when Alberta's government-run liquor stores were the
only game in town.
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Alberta will introduce legislation as soon as next week to allow the
establishment of private cannabis stores, and will also launch a
battle with Ottawa over how to split the tax revenue from the drug
Late Friday, Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci held a news conference
to slam the federal government's proposal that Ottawa get 50 per cent
of the excise tax on marijuana products. The provinces and territories
would receive the other half.
Ottawa's claim to a large share of the $1 a gram, or 10 per cent of
the producer's sale price, is not fair, Mr. Ceci contends. The
provinces and municipalities, not Ottawa, will be responsible for
related costs, such as policing, education and other implementation
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Re: Kitchener among first cities to get LCBO-run pot shop? - Nov. 4
Why promote cannabis in Ontario? What has happened to the no-smoking
publicity that we have been bombarded with over the past several
decades; the hazards of smoking related to cancer, lung disease etc.?
Legislation has been passed to hide cigarettes in stores and put
frightening pictures on cigarette packages. No smoking in public
places laws have been passed.
Now our government is encouraging young and old people to smoke
marijuana, cannabis or weed. We're going to open stores to sell this
stuff. Of course it will be controlled by our government. Who's going
to profit from this business venture?
Haven't we experienced the death of a loved one or friend who was
afflicted with cancer? Put a stop to this stupidity. Do some research.
Google the hazards of cannabis. Speak up. Talk to your children.
Advocates say Ottawa's proposed excise levy will simply penalize the
The federal government has angered proponents of medical cannabis and
the opposition by announcing that its planned excise tax on
recreational products will also apply to marijuana that is used to
treat various illnesses.
A large number of groups had been calling on Ottawa to remove the
sales tax that is currently imposed on medical marijuana. Instead,
they were shocked to learn on Friday that sales taxes will continue to
apply on medical marijuana, but also that an excise tax of $1 a gram
will be added on the product.
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Mayor Dan Mathieson said it was to be expected that Stratford wasn't
included in the first wave of municipalities chosen by the province to
have government-run marijuana outlets by next year.
But more information will be needed from upper levels of governments,
he added, to determine the real impacts the rollout of the proposed
legislation will have in the city and whether not being included in
the first wave was a positive or negative development.
The province announced last week the first cities where the province
will open stand-alone LCBO-like stores that will be authorized to sell
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The provincial government's plan to allow legal marijuana sales at
privately owned stores has the business community optimistic about
Less impressed is Finance Minister Joe Ceci, who was grinding his
teeth Friday at the federal government's proposed 50/50 split in tax
revenue from pot sales.
"I'm not sure what the federal government is smoking, but I can tell
you that's not going to work for Alberta," he told media.
Provinces and municipalities are bearing the brunt of the
responsibility around legalized pot sales, he argued, so it's unfair
for the federal government to swoop in and grab half of the cash.
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Western regions may pass sales off to private retailers to try to
thwart black market
MONTREAL- A national split is emerging on marijuana legalization that
pits Ontario and eastern provinces opting for total control over pot
sales against private retail regimes emerging in the West.
The regional divide reflects a clash of opinions about whether it is
more important to put black-market pot producers out of business or
heed public-health warnings when access to the drug becomes legal on
July 1, 2018.
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OTTAWA - Travellers to Canada will be routinely asked whether they are
bringing marijuana into the country as Ottawa moves to legalize
recreational pot use.
Signs will also be posted at major ports of entry to remind people
that the unauthorized importation of pot remains illegal, said Peter
Hill, associate vice-president of the Canada Border Services Agency.
In addition, the border agency plans a communications campaign through
social media to ensure travellers "are aware of the new legislation
and the requirements," Hill told MPs on the House of Commons public
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A workshop to help employers get ready for coming changes in Canada's
marijuana laws is being offered Nov. 21 in Sarnia.
The half-day Cannabis and the Workplace session, set to begin at 7:30
a.m. at the Lambton College Residence and Event Centre, is being
organized by the Sarnia Lambton Workplace Wellness steering committee.
The cost is $49 per person, and participants must register in advance
online at bit.do/ cannabis workplace.
"We've heard from employers that they're concerned about the coming
legalization of cannabis," said committee chairperson Martina Jackson,
a health promoter for Lambton public health.
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A discussion on medicinal marijuana, its uses and who is using it was
the on the menu at the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs'
weekly speakers series.
Dr. Ife Abiola, medical director for the 420 Clinic, spoke on the drug
and gave anecdotal information on many of the patents seen at the clinic.
He said it is important for local residents to get informed on the
drug ahead of impending national legalization.
"This is going to be changing a lot of different facets of our lives,"
he said. "You can expect to be seeing whether it's through a medical
clinic, dispensary or other people just using in a ubiquitous way in
our lives. Everyone needs to have a certain level of education about
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Questions raised about decision to allow municipal authority over
PREMIER Brian Pallister's government went stone cold silent on legal
retail cannabis Thursday while federal officials considered their
reaction to Manitoba's plan of allowing municipal councils to have the
final say on local sales.
The federal government will brief reporters in Ottawa today on its
plans to legalize and regulate recreational cannabis.
But the Pallister government did not make the premier or any cabinet
ministers available to the media Thursday and a communications staffer
intervened when a reporter tried to ask Justice Minister Heather
Stefanson about any possible reaction from Ottawa.
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A significant majority of Yukoners are behind the federal government's
plan to legalize marijuana for recreational use
A significant majority of Yukoners are behind the federal government's
plan to legalize marijuana for recreational use and believe it's
acceptable to occasionally use the drug for exactly that reason.
Those findings are in the results from the Yukon government's most
successful survey ever in terms of participation numbers.
Nearly 3,200 responses to the introductory section of a YG public
engagement survey on cannabis legalization were filed.
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SIMCOE - A marijuana patch wound up costing Norfolk County $76,100
during last summer's toxic gas well emergency in Silver Hill.
Staff from the Ministry of the Environment stumbled across the
marijuana while setting up air-quality monitoring equipment on North
Walsingham Road 10.
Because of the marijuana, MOE determined that the site was potentially
dangerous. MOE monitoring equipment and technicians were removed to a
location on the edge of the "hot zone." They could not be convinced to
find a location closer to the offending gas wells.
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The province should develop a licensing regime to allow for designated
cannabis-consumption lounges when marijuana becomes legal next year,
say Victoria councillors.
"We're seeing a need for it in our community right now, as there are
lounges that are operating illegally based on our regulations and
current laws," said Coun. Jeremy Loveday.
The recommendation will be part of a suite of suggestions the city
will forward to the province for consideration as it crafts
regulations governing the production, sale and use of marijuana, which
the federal government plans to make legal by next summer.
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Ottawa and the provinces and territories could have another $1 billion
a year in tax revenues to split after pot becomes legal next year.
Liberal MP Bill Blair, former Toronto police chief and the
government's point man on legalizing marijuana, made public the
federal tax proposal for legal pot Friday, kicking off a period of
public consultations that ends Dec. 7.
That, Blair said, gives the government just enough time to solicit
comments on the proposal so that federal, provincial and territorial
finance ministers can discuss it when they meet in Ottawa Dec. 1011.
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But NDP legislation would leave online sales to the government
Plans are underway for legal marijuana to be sold in Alberta through
private bricks-and-mortar stores, but online sales will be controlled
by the government, Postmedia has learned.
Legislation governing the sale of weed once it becomes legal July 1
will be introduced in the legislature next week. Governmentcontrolled
online sales is meant to alleviate safety concerns raised by Albertans
in response to the NDP's planned pot framework, released Oct. 4,
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PREMIER Brian Pallister has always been coy about whether he has ever
enjoyed the pleasures of cannabis. "I prefer beer," has become his
standard retort when asked if he's ever taken a toke.
Regardless of whether the premier smoked, inhaled or appreciated the
mystic qualities of marijuana, you can bet he will learn to love the
tax revenue that will flow from a legalized marketplace.
Manitoba's plan for the legalized wholesale and retail sales of
cannabis is pretty thin. Pallister has only confirmed a plan to have
Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries act as a wholesale distributor, with
retail sales going to the private sector.
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Rick Hanson spent four decades in policing - more than seven of those
years as Calgary's chief - where he made a career out of fighting
organized crime and the local drug trade. Nearly three years into his
retirement, it may come as a surprise he is now involved in the
But Hanson said Wednesday he is among a growing number of former
senior police officers across Canada who are leveraging their
experiences to ensure legalization is done safely while eliminating
criminals from the supply chain.
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Nova Scotians thinking that next July they'll be able to nip down to
the corner pot shop whenever they want, might want to chill until they
see the province's plan.
Cannabis will be legal next summer, but the rules and regulations are
yet to come and Nova Scotia, along with the other Atlantic Provinces,
will create tightly controlled, strictly regulated
Last week, the province wrapped up its online survey asking Nova
Scotian for opinions on a variety of questions about cannabis control
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Many Canadians can hardly wait for the day that the recreational use
of marijuana becomes legal. As a doctor, I'm far less enthusiastic. I
worry about two things: the experimental nature of marijuana in
medical practice, and the public health consequences of legalized marijuana.
Before you write me off as overly prudish or an anti-marijuana
conservative, let me say that I'm not opposed to legalized marijuana
in principle. I'm just paying attention to the evidence, or rather,
the lack of it. My concern is that as marijuana becomes more easily
available, Canadians may become more inclined to self-medicate with
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MGEU off-base when it comes to private pot stores
Manitoba's largest union is accusing the Pallister government of
compromising the safety of Manitobans and foregoing millions in
profits by allowing private retailers to sell marijuana once it
becomes legal next year.
But as usual, the union provides some of the dumbest arguments
possible to try to support its case.
The province announced Tuesday that legal weed would be regulated by
Liquor and Gaming Authority but would be sold through private retail
outlets. It would be much like how beer, wine and other liquor
products are sold through vendors, private wine stores and private
liquor outlets in rural Manitoba. The outlets are private but the
products must be purchased through Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corp.
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The guidelines are strict but it won't matter
According to new marijuana marketing guidelines released Wednesday by
The Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Branding after working with
Advertising Standards Canada, companies marketing marijuana will not
be able to use animals to sell pot nor will be they be able to promote
the use of cannabis itself ( just brand preference) and they will be
required to advertise in places where over 70 per cent of the audience
is adult (or above the age of majority in the particular province).
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For months, Ralph (all names have been changed), neighbour to my
friend The Chairman, has left his house only for doctor visits and a
couple of hospital stints.
That's not for lack of trying. Prescribed mind-numbing meds put the
former coal miner into a fog. Several times he insisted that he needed
to go outside, rolled his wheelchair to the front door, tried to stand
but instead tumbled, like laundry out of a basket, like a milk bottle
smashed on the floor.
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Marijuana trafficking charges against three people involved in a
downtown Saskatoon medical marijuana dispensary that was raided by
city police two years ago have been dropped.
Instead, the dispensary - the Saskatchewan Compassion Club - pleaded
guilty to marijuana trafficking in Saskatoon provincial court on
Thursday and agreed to pay a $6,500 fine plus a $1,950 surcharge.
"Obviously, I'm relieved and pleased to have the process come to an
end and to have justice ultimately served in the proper manner," said
Compassion Club owner Mark Hauk.
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Legal pot sales could lead to $95M annual profits for province
Legal pot sales in Manitoba could raise as much as $95 million a year
for government after five years if the province could take over 80% of
the black market, according to recent figures released by the
The sales projections, which contemplate various levels of black
market penetration, are based on selling marijuana products through
stand-alone government stores. However, since the Pallister government
has opted for private retail stores instead, updated projections could
be higher or lower.
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Mayor Chris Friel says he isn't surprised that Brantford is not among
the first Ontario cities selected to have legal marijuana stores by
"All of the cities on the list have had problems with illegal
dispensaries," Friel said Monday.
"I could have told you which cities would be on the list before it was
released by the LCBO," he said,
"The provincial government wants to target those communities and it's
also looking to maximize profit."
Last February, Brantford police twice raided a Cannabis Culture outlet
on Colborne Street West. But the mayor said, unlike some other
municipalities, Brantford hasn't had problems with illegal
dispensaries because the city acted to ban them.
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WINNIPEG - Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister signalled Monday that the
province's private sector will be involved in the distribution of
marijuana when recreational use is legalized next July.
Pallister said details of the provincial plan to govern cannabis would
be released Tuesday. He rejected earlier statements from the Manitoba
Government and General Employees' Union that sales should be done
exclusively through government-run stores.
Pallister said there will be some sort of a "hybrid option" -
public-sector regulation and distribution combined with private-sector
delivery - that could take business away from the existing black market.
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MOONBEAM - The town has snuffed out a request to amend its business
licensing bylaw in order to accommodate a medical marijuana dispensary
within the municipality.
Robert Neron, a long-time user and advocate of medical marijuana, made
a presentation to town council Monday night, with the hopes of opening
a marijuana dispensary in Moonbeam by the spring of 2018.
Mayor Gilles Audet told The Daily Press there were several reasons
behind council's decision to deny the request.
The general feeling around the council table, Audet explained, was
that Neron should be directing his request to a higher authority of
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If Colorado is any indication, provincial coffers will be filled
Premier Brian Pallister may not be holding out much hope that the
province will cash in on a windfall of taxation revenue from the
legalization of marijuana.
But if skyrocketing sales of commercially-available weed in the state
of Colorado - which legalized pot in 2012 - are any indication, the
government of Manitoba could be in for a sizeable revenue stream once
the industry shifts into high gear.
Pallister announced Tuesday that recreational marijuana, which becomes
legal on July 1, 2018 under federal legislation, will be regulated by
the provincial Liquor and Gaming Authority but sold through private
retail outlets. The province issued a request for proposals Tuesday to
solicit bids from private retailers.
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There's plenty of interest in selling legal pot in Manitoba. The
province notes an expression of interest on the subject attracted more
than 60 responses.
Premier Brian Pallister said that bodes well for his government's goal
to ensure official marijuana stores are accessible enough to undermine
the black market.
Pallister said the province aims to ensure access to marijuana sales
within a 30-minute drive for 90% of Manitobans to meet that goal.
"We wish to see broad coverage, broad availability," he
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Province planning public-private hybrid plan
A local advocate believes "Manitoba has an opportunity to be a
country-wide leader" in marijuana legalization after the province
announced plans to exclusively sell marijuana through private retailers.
"Get ready for the green rush," said Steven Stairs, Winnipeg's most
outspoken cannabis proponent and community organizer.
On Tuesday, the Manitoba government revealed details of its hybrid
public-private response to the federal government's impending
legalization of recreational cannabis on July 1, 2018. It's a
significant departure from the public-sector biased approach of at
least one other province.
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MANITOBA has become the first province to allow the private sector to
play a central role in the future retail sales of recreational
cannabis in Canada.
The federal Cannabis Act, which is not yet law, would make the federal
government responsible for regulating the production of recreational
cannabis. Designing a system for distribution and sales will be up to
provinces and territories. The Manitoba government's plan, which will
let private retailers operate cannabis stores in conjunction with a
government-owned regulation, distribution and supply regime, is a far
cry from the all-public plans already revealed by some other provinces.
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Five of the six marijuana dispensaries located in West Kelowna are
defying the city's order to shut down.
And, as a result, they are each facing hefty fines that, if left
unpaid, could result in court action.
A week after the deadline the city gave the dispensaries to wrap up
their operations in West Kelowna, only one has complied. So the city
has started fining the dispensaries $1,000 a day each for contravening
According to the city, West Kelowna bylaw officers visited the six
dispensaries Nov. 1 and only one said it has stopped dispensing marijuana.
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MANITOBANS are learning it will be their mayor and local council who
will decide if legal retail cannabis can be sold in their communities
Notwithstanding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's promise to legalize
pot nationally by July 1, and Premier Brian Pallister's months of
accusing Ottawa of moving too fast, it turns out it will be a local
Municipal councils found out Tuesday, and Pallister's office confirmed
Wednesday, that the province is giving them the same local power over
pot as they have over Sunday shopping.
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5 West Kelowna stores rack up daily fines as they continue to sell
marijuana despite loss of their business licences
No business licence, no problem. That seems to be the defiant attitude
of five West Kelowna pot shops, which continue to sell marijuana
despite orders from the city to shut down.
"We are open for business as we speak," Selina Lau of Black Crow
Herbal Solutions said Monday.
The operators of each store are being fined $1,000 a day for not
having a business licence. The fines began Nov. 1 and will continue
indefinitely, the City of West Kelowna says.
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Austin wants Victoria County to get fair share of economic growth
With federal legalization of recreational cannabis less than nine
months away, these are interesting times for an Economic Development
Officer (EDO) in Cape Breton.
"I've been watching this for a while and looking for economic
opportunities so the County of Victoria gets its fair share of
economic growth from it," said Victoria County Economic Development
Officer Patrick Austin.
Austin was instrumental in launching a broad-based conversation
concerning the economic impacts of legalization for Cape Breton. He
and colleagues from the Cape Breton Partnership gathered business
owners, legislators, regulators, public health and safety authorities
for the recent Atlantic Cannabis Forum held in Membertou, Nov. 1-2.
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There are still some big questions and concerns to figure out before
The end of Prohibition gave birth to the LCBO nearly a century
Now the legalization of marijuana is giving rise to the OCRC: Ontario
Cannabis Retail Corporation.
That's about as awkward an acronym - if not anachronism - as the
Liquor Control Board of Ontario. While today's LCBO has become a brand
in its own right, it's fair to say the OCRC will never become a
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Canada's biggest producers of cannabis want the federal government to
ignore the advice of its expert task force and treat marijuana
products like alcohol when it comes to branding and
A number of experts have argued that recreational cannabis should face
a restrictive marketing regime similar to the one for tobacco
products, with plain packaging and little or no advertising.
However, a new group called the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis
Branding is calling on the government to allow companies to advertise
marijuana in a similar fashion to alcoholic beverages, with colour
logos and widespread advertising. According to the coalition, which
includes 17 licensed producers and two professional associations,
allowing cannabis ads is the best way to help legal producers to
compete with the black market.
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Two former Alberta government cabinet ministers and a police chief are
part of a group that is working to promote the legal recreational
Former justice minister Jonathan Denis belongs to an organization
called the Canadian Cannabis Chamber that is providing legal, lobbying
and security advice to companies as Canada prepares for the
legalization of pot next July.
Denis said he never dreamed he would be working as an advocate for an
industry that will sell a substance that people were arrested for
during his years as Alberta's solicitor general.
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