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1 CN ON: City's Licensing Committee Endorses Ontario's Pot PlanTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Rider, David Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:09/20/2017

A city committee has endorsed the province's highly regulated approach to marijuanalegislation, despite pleas from dispensary operators and pot users.

The licensing committee voted 4-1 Monday in favour of city staff recommendations endorsing Premier Kathleen Wynne's plan to sell marijuana only in government run, LCBO-type shops across Ontario after federal legalization takes effect next year.

The vote also endorses a call for Ontario to cover any city costs associated with the end of pot prohibition and new legislative tools, including stiffer penalties for operators of illegal private shops and possibly businesses where people consume pot. The province wants consumption to be legal only in private homes.

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2 CN ON: Ontario To Stiffen Pot PenaltiesTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Bieman, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:146 Added:09/20/2017

Zero-tolerance rules for drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol applauded by police

A blast from the past - and jacked-up fines - will usher in legal pot in Ontario as the province races to put the brakes to drug-impaired driving, including by marijuana, before weed becomes legal next summer.

With the federal Liberals vowing to legalize recreational marijuana use by July of next year, the governing Ontario Liberals are gunning for harsh penalties and hefty new fines to hit impaired drivers. The language of the tough new rules announced Monday, with its emphasis on zero tolerance, is reminiscent of an era more than 30 years ago when then-president Ronald Reagan amped up the U.S. war on drugs.

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3CN ON: Drunk, Drugged Drivers To Face Harsher RulesTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Reevely, David Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:09/20/2017

Ontario uses pending cannabis legalization as chance to toughen penalties for both

The impending legalization of marijuana has the Ontario government planning to toughen the penalties for driving drunk, not just stoned.

The changes, announced by Premier Kathleen Wynne and Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca Monday morning, will particularly affect drivers under age 21, novice drivers with limited licences and commercial drivers. None of them will be permitted to have any alcohol or cannabis in their systems if they're driving, and violations will be treated with harsher roadside punishments - steeper cash penalties and, in some cases, longer driving suspensions.

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4 CN ON: Zero Tolerance ProvinceTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Reevely, David Area:Ontario Lines:120 Added:09/20/2017

Pot legalization brings tougher penalties for all impaired drivers

The impending legalization of marijuana has the Ontario government planning to toughen the penalties for driving drunk, not just stoned.

The changes, announced by Premier Kathleen Wynne and Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca Monday morning, will particularly affect drivers under age 21, novice drivers with limited licences and commercial drivers. None of them will be permitted to have any alcohol or cannabis in their systems if they're driving, and violations will be treated with harsher roadside punishments - steeper cash penalties and, in some cases, longer driving suspensions.

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5 CN ON: Driving High Will Net Stiff PenaltiesTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Benzie, Robert Area:Ontario Lines:76 Added:09/20/2017

Ontario modelled new laws on U.S. drunk-driving fines

Ontario will have a "zero tolerance" policy toward young drivers and truckers who use marijuana. Premier Kathleen Wynne on Monday said those 21 and under, commercial drivers and novice motorists will face stiffer penalties if caught behind the wheel while under the influence of cannabis or booze.

Following the lead of eight U.S. states that have legalized marijuana - - including Colorado, Washington and California - Wynne said road safety will be a priority once recreational weed is allowed after next July 1.

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6CN ON: Province Plans New Laws For Drug-Impaired DriversTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Jeffords, Shawn Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:09/20/2017

TORONTO - Ontario plans to introduce tough new penalties for drug-impaired drivers ahead of the legalization of recreational marijuana next July.

Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday there will be zero tolerance for youth aged 21 and under, novice drivers and all commercial drivers in Ontario who have a detectable presence of drugs or alcohol in their system. The province will also increase all monetary penalties and suspensions for impaired driving offences.

The announcement comes a little over a week after Ontario's Liberal government announced its plan to distribute and sell recreational cannabis in as many as 150 dedicated stores run by the province's liquor control board and set the legal age to buy the drug at 19.

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7 CN ON: Drive High, Pay Up To $450 Under New LawTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Jeffords, Shawn Area:Ontario Lines:108 Added:09/20/2017

TORONTO - Ontario plans to introduce tough new penalties for drug-impaired drivers ahead of the legalization of recreational marijuana next July.

Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday there will be zero tolerance for young people aged 21 and under, novice drivers and all commercial drivers in Ontario who have a detectable presence of drugs or alcohol in their system. The province will also increase all monetary penalties and suspensions for impaired driving offences.

The announcement comes a little over a week after Ontario's Liberal government announced its plan to distribute and sell recreational cannabis in as many as 150 dedicated stores run by the province's liquor control board and set the legal age to buy the drug at 19.

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8CN ON: Stiff Laws Loom For Drug-Impaired DriversTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Jeffords, Shawn Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:09/20/2017

Ontario plans to introduce tough new penalties f or drug-impaired drivers ahead of the legalization of recreational marijuana next July.

Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday there will be zero tolerance for youths aged 21 and under, novice drivers and all commercial drivers who have a detectable presence of drugs or alcohol in their system. The province will also increase all monetary penalties and suspensions for impaired driving offences.

The announcement comes a little over a week after Ontario's Liberal government announced its plan to distribute and sell recreational cannabis in as many as 150 dedicated stores run by the province's liquor control board and set the legal age to buy the drug at 19.

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9US CA: Editorial: Governments Wisely Moving To Regulate MarijuanaTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:09/20/2017

Just a couple of years ago, discussions of how to deal with marijuana in the Inland Empire were limited. Now, several Inland jurisdictions are considering opening up to marijuana businesses, an overdue development given the failure of prohibition and the anticipated availability of commercial sales of marijuana in 2018.

Late last month, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted to move forward with plans to draft regulations for marijuana businesses in the county's unincorporated areas. The move came after an ad-hoc committee of Supervisors Kevin Jeffries and Chuck Washington concluded that regulating and taxing marijuana "would enable the County to better manage an already growing and uncontrolled industry," as opposed to simply banning marijuana.

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10 US MA: Mass. High Court Says Sobriety Tests Aren't Evidence For PotTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Adams, Dan Area:Massachusetts Lines:116 Added:09/20/2017

Members of the Mass. State Police performed a sobriety test on a driver in Chicopee in 2011.

The state's highest court on Tuesday limited which evidence can be used in court to prosecute drivers suspected of operating under the influence of marijuana, handing a victory to civil rights advocates in a closely-watched case.

Under a unanimous ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts police officers can no longer cite their subjective on-scene observations or sobriety tests to conclude in court testimony that a driver was under the influence of marijuana.

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11 CN NS: Column: Stirring The Pot On Legal WeedTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Cleveland, Tristan Area:Nova Scotia Lines:90 Added:09/20/2017

We need to figure out how to sell weed in Nova Scotia - we also need to get more stores to sell healthy food.

Maybe we can use one problem to solve the other: allow stores to sell weed if they also offer a minimum quantity and quality of fruit and vegetables.

Access to healthy food is a major problem in Halifax. Getting to a store that sells broccoli can be a struggle for residents in Harrietsfield, Middle Musquodoboit and parts of urban neighbourhoods like Spryfield and north-end Halifax and Dartmouth.

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12CN QU: Quebec Health Department Should Sell Pot, Says Think-TankTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Riga, Andy Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:09/20/2017

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

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

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

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13 Canada: Editorial: It's Going To Be A Blustery FallTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada)          Area:Canada Lines:108 Added:09/20/2017

The change in the weather you're feeling is not the approach of autumn - - it's hot air from Ottawa colliding with the cold front of turbulent outrage that hangs over modern politics.

And now the news. Parliament is back, and the fall session is going to be a real doozy. The Trudeau government has a startling number of hot-button and critical issues on its plate, including NAFTA negotiations, marijuana legalization and major tax reform. Brace yourselves: Any one of these on their own could dominate the news cycle for months.

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14 CN BC: OPED: Provincial Governments Bear Burden Of LegalizedTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Bird, Malcolm Area:British Columbia Lines:112 Added:09/20/2017

While Trudeau gov't will look progressive, the provinces will do the heavy lifting

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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15 CN ON: Legal Pot, But Nowhere To SmokeMon, 18 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Artuso, Antonella Area:Ontario Lines:76 Added:09/20/2017

Cannabis lounge owner wants city to licence businesses like her

Provincial rules limiting recreational pot use to private property aren't going to work in the City of Toronto where people are more likely to rent or live close to each other, a cannabis lounge owner says.

Abi Roach, a director of the Cannabis Friendly Business Association (CFBA) and owner of Hotbox, plans to ask a city committee Monday to licence cannabis lounges.

The Ontario government recently unveiled its new regulations for recreational marijuana, expected to be legalized next year, that include sales only through LCBO-affiliated stores and strict limits on where the product can be consumed.

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16 CN ON: OPED: Good Start On Marijuana RulesMon, 18 Sep 2017
Source:Sun Times, The (Owen Sound, CN ON) Author:Shearman, Rev. David Area:Ontario Lines:80 Added:09/20/2017

When I was in high school we had a smoking area. My kids found that hard to believe, given that smoking on school property usually meant a trip to the principal's office today. But it's true. We had a smoking area. And students smoked tobacco and a few other things in the smoking area.

Teachers in nearby classrooms complained of second hand smoke.

Students snickered when we got a whiff of something, not tobacco, coming from the smoking area. The school office sometimes reeked of marijuana when students were caught and marched down to the principal's office.

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17 CN ON: LTE: Pot ProblemsMon, 18 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Fournier, Alain Area:Ontario Lines:34 Added:09/20/2017

Re "Feds too chilled out" (Mark Bonokoski, Sept. 12): This government is either asleep at the wheel or the blinders are fully engaged where legalized marijuana is concerned. Aside from the tide of problems about to hit our parents and law enforcement, the PM has been mute on the health concerns associated with regular pot use and focused strictly on distribution and timing for this legislation. Pandering to our youth in exchange for votes was a great strategy, but dealing with the burnouts from this election promise will introduce an entirely different challenge. I certainly hope our PM will sit down with his young son and have this discussion with him, before introducing him to pot, but then again, he will have 16 years to prepare.

Alain Fournier

Brampton

(We doubt the PM, or any responsible parent, introduces their child to pot. They have an honest discussion with them about its use, important regardless of what the laws on marijuana consumption are.)

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18 CN ON: 'Fleeters Want Marijuana-Growing RulesMon, 18 Sep 2017
Source:Tribune, The (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:96 Added:09/20/2017

Wainfleet planning staff will consult with the township's lawyer before a report comes back on a possible municipal licensing policy to deal with proposed medical marijuana growing facilities, council heard last week.

Township planner Sarah Ivins said Wainfleet doesn't have a municipal licensing policy and staff had questions as to whether it could implement one to deal with a medical marijuana facility or that specific type of use.

"We want to make sure we cover all of our bases before we propose options for council … there's a lot to consider before a staff report," she said, adding one may be ready by the first week of October when council next meets.

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19CN ON: Column: Ontario Still Pushing Ahead On MarijuanaMon, 18 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Dawson, Tyler Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:09/20/2017

While police in Ontario and Canada are worried they will not be prepared in time for marijuana legalization, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi says the provincial government is forging ahead, aiming to be ready for the federal Liberals' July 1 legalization date, and he expects police will manage to enforce the law once it passes.

"The federal government is fairly committed to the July 1 timeline. They feel that they've provided sufficient time to everyone to get prepared," Naqvi said by phone from Vancouver on Friday.

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20 CN SN: PUB LTE: Stop Trying To Delay Legalized MarijuanaMon, 18 Sep 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Dumon, Gordon Robert Area:Saskatchewan Lines:30 Added:09/20/2017

Saskatchewan cabinet minister Don Morgan is the latest provincial politician to say he wants marijuana legalization delayed for at least a year. Why?

Trudeau promised his government would legalize marijuana two years ago. Ontario has already announced its plans on how it will integrate legal marijuana into its economy. (Is Morgan insinuating Ontario is somehow superior to our province?)

The only people who could possibly benefit from a delay in marijuana legalization are the organized crime figures who control most of the market. Why on earth are Saskatchewan politicians defending the interests of organized crime above that of ordinary, law-abiding citizens? Makes you wonder.

Gordon Robert Dumont, Prince Albert

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21 CN ON: City's Ranking 'Wake-Up Call'Sat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Ball, Vincent Area:Ontario Lines:178 Added:09/20/2017

Report puts Brantford at top in province for emergency room visits due to opioid poisoning,

A report putting Brantford at the top of the provincial list for emergency room visits due to opioid overdoses is a "wake-up call," says Ruth Gratton.

"I think this report validates all of the hard work that is being done in the community and will serve as justification for ramping up those efforts," Gratton, manager of infectious disease at the Brant County Health Unit, said Friday.

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22 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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23 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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24US RI: Federal Drug Agency Asks R.I. For Medical Marijuana PatientSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Providence Journal, The (RI) Author:Bogdan, Jennifer Area:Rhode Island Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A federal anti-drug program has asked Rhode Island - -- and more than two dozen other states where medical marijuana is legal -- to turn over data about patients in the program.

The move has alarmed some who question why the federal government, which has at times appeared to be antagonistic towards the drug, is interested in the information.

The National Marijuana Initiative, an arm of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, which reports to the White House, contacted the Rhode Island Department of Health in August seeking data from 2012 to 2016 on the number of patients in the program, as well as patients' age, gender and a breakdown of the medical conditions under which they qualified.

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25 US MA: Marijuana Rally On Boston Common Features Vendors, Music, AndSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Carozza, Jacob Area:Massachusetts Lines:42 Added:09/19/2017

The Boston Freedom Rally was on Boston Common on Saturday.

Thousands of people are expected to flock to Boston Common this weekend for the 28th annual Boston Freedom Rally - the first time the marijuana festival has been held since voters approved a ballot referendum last November legalizing the drug for recreational use.

As of Saturday morning, about 7,400 people indicated on Facebook that they plan to go to the rally, organized by the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition.

The festival, which began Friday, is scheduled to be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday according to its Facebook page.

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26 US PA: Patients Lose As Cannabis Industry Barters For Zoning InThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA) Author:Goldstein, Chris Area:Pennsylvania Lines:113 Added:09/19/2017

A pay-to-play system has developed between state-licensed cannabis operators and municipal governments across the country for local zoning. The same model has quickly materialized in Pennsylvania, and now one town has gone too far.

Muhlenberg Township in Berks County was trying to squeeze a dispensary - - Franklin Bioscience LLC - for 5 percent of its annual profits.

The issue was revealed when the Pennsylvania Department of Health released a letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer from medical-marijuana program director John Collins to the company's CEO, Andrew Weiss, allowing the dispensary to relocate after getting pressured for the cash. Collins wrote:

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27 US CA: Pot Edibles That Look Like Gummy Bears Should Be Illegal ToThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:McGreevy, Patrick Area:California Lines:31 Added:09/19/2017

California companies would be prohibited from selling marijuana edibles made in the shape of a person, animal, insect or fruit under a measure given final legislative approval Thursday and sent to the governor for consideration.

"We are trying to protect children," said Assemblyman Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), who authored AB 350.

Lawmakers said marijuana edibles have been made in the past to look like gummy bears or miniature pineapples. In April, some middle school students in San Diego got sick after a classmate sold them marijuana-laced gummy bears.

The state plans to begin issuing licenses for the sale of recreational marijuana to people 21 and older in January, so lawmakers have introduced several bills aimed at preventing pot from being marketed to minors.

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28 CN ON: Pot Use Will Surge: PollTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Leeson, Ben Area:Ontario Lines:153 Added:09/19/2017

More than a third of respondents plan to use legalized marijuana

A new study by Sudbury-based researchers has found that 39 per cent, or 11.5 million adult Canadians intend to be cannabis consumers once the federal government's legalization plan becomes a reality.

According to a survey of 5,000 randomly selected Canadians, done in partnership between Oraclepoll Research and cannabis marketing consultant Colin Firth, 57 per cent of Canadians support the federal government's plan to legalize marijuana by July 2018.

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29 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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30 CN ON: Jimi Hendrix's Best Christmas Present EverSun, 17 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Hauch, Valerie Area:Ontario Lines:149 Added:09/19/2017

After getting arrested at Pearson for drug possession, trial was like a 'nightmare' for legendary star

In 1969, legendary rock musician Jimi Hendrix declared Canada had given him "the best Christmas present" when a Toronto jury acquitted him of drug possession charges.

He had been arrested when he arrived at Toronto airport for a performance seven months earlier. Sadly for local Hendrix fans, it would be his last visit to this country and indeed, his last Christmas. The "Purple Haze" songwriter died 10 months later.

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31 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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32 CN ON: PUB LTE: Illegal Pot Supply Will ContinueSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Whitworth, Colin Area:Ontario Lines:32 Added:09/19/2017

Although I would prefer a wider storefront distribution scheme that includes private dispensaries, I am OK with the government's initial plan for marijuana distribution. The coverage of the announcement mostly glosses over an important point: Online sales will be immediate, as soon as it is legalized.

Online shopping is old hat to most people and buying marijuana online is easy. Existing sites that cater to medical marijuana smokers categorize marijuana by the ways you consume it, and then by strains, usually with detailed descriptions of the effects and potency. Most sites include helpful user reviews.

Ordering online also offers discretion and will give a needed boost to Canada Post. But the big benefit of online sales is that it makes marijuana available everywhere, not just where the province decides to open a dispensary.

Colin Whitworth, Toronto

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33 CN ON: PUB LTE: Illegal Pot Supply Will ContinueSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:31 Added:09/19/2017

Re: Police urge feds to delay implementing legal pot plan, Sept. 13

Canada's police chiefs say they cannot police the limit of four pot plants per household. Do they currently police all households with respect to underage drinking? Of course they don't. It's impossible. There are some laws that cannot be fully enforced.

As for allowing "organized crime" to continue to be involved in pot sales for six months to a year, police have done little in the past 30 years to curtail the illegal sale of marijuana. So, if it continues for a while longer, nothing will really have changed.

But down the road, a year or two after implementation, things may actually become brighter and the legal control of marijuana may make illegal sales just not worthwhile. Surely it's worth a try, since zero tolerance has been a dismal failure.

Barry Green, Pickering

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34 CN ON: PUB LTE: Illegal Pot Supply Will ContinueSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Phillips, Wayne Area:Ontario Lines:26 Added:09/19/2017

Re: Big Weed will capitalize on cannabis at any cost to society, Opinion, Sept. 12

The government and Health Canada should fix the issues of access within the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations first. It's nothing short of pathetic that those previously licensed under the old regulations still don't have access. The government and Health Canada also need to end their sanctioned consortiums' profiteering off the backs of their clients. This has already cost Canadian veterans their coverage.

Wayne Phillips, Hamilton

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35 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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36CN 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.

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37 CN ON: Mayor Backs Pot PlanMon, 18 Sep 2017
Source:Northern News (CN ON) Author:Sherratt, Brad Area:Ontario Lines:69 Added:09/19/2017

Tony Antoniazzi supports province's stand on marijuana legislation

KIRKLAND LAKE - Kirkland Lake Mayor Tony Antoniazzi is in agreement with the provincial government's proposed legisilation.

The Mayor stated "the province of Ontario has taken, the right, first steps, as they presented their plan for the sale and distribution of smoked or vaped recreational cannabis. It's a sensible and cautious approach."

He adds "Ontarians have a good understanding and respect for our province's liquor laws. Mirroring the sale of pot to the LCBO model is a good first step. Going forward we could see the retail sale and distribution of recreational cannabis extend out to the private sector, just as we see today with liquor allowed to be sold at some highway general stores along major routes."

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38 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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39 CN ON: Teach Kids To Just Say No: ExpertsThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Blatchford, Andy Area:Ontario Lines:48 Added:09/19/2017

OTTAWA - Youth health experts are warning the federal government that its push to legalize recreational cannabis should be accompanied by extensive public-education and prevention campaigns that spell out the serious risks of pot consumption on adolescent brains.

Parliamentarians heard this message numerous times Wednesday during a House of Commons committee hearing to study the Trudeau government's legislation to legalize marijuana.

Ottawa plans to legalize cannabis for adults 18 and older within 10 months, but some provinces and police services have warned the federal timeline is far too tight for them to properly prepare for such a major change.

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40 US MI: Detroit Voters To Decide On 2 Marijuana Proposals In NovemberFri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Stafford, Katrease Area:Michigan Lines:144 Added:09/19/2017

Two initiatives that would amend Detroit's medical marijuana ordinance to allow dispensaries to open near liquor stores, and grow facilities to operate legally, will appear on the November ballot, after a Wayne County circuit judge's ruling earlier this week.

If approved by voters in November, the changes could have a wide-reaching impact on the city's budding marijuana industry.

Detroit corporation counsel Melvin Butch Hollowell told the Free Press that the city respects the right of voters to decide but concerns have been raised about the measures, particularly the one that would impact zoning regulations.

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41 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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42 Canada: LTE: Fuelling Criminal TradeSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Grant, Gary Area:Canada Lines:34 Added:09/19/2017

Re: Ontario pot plan ensures future of black market, Andrew Coyne, Sept. 12

Andrew Coyne's contention that Ontario has kept cigarettes "mostly out of the hands of criminals" is giving the province too much credit. Ontario has the worst illegal cigarette problem in the country, with an estimated one in three cigarettes purchased being illegal, often through purpose-built illegal smoke shacks. And it is the criminals who are reaping the benefits - the RCMP has identified about 175 criminal gangs in Canada involved in the trade. Gangs use the proceeds to fund their other illegal activities, including guns, drugs and human smuggling - often when you see contraband tobacco busts, other illegal materials are found on the scene.

Ontario can't forget about contraband tobacco as it turns its attention to marijuana. Both are major problems that fuel organized crime and hinder government regulatory efforts. Both deserve attention.

Gary Grant, National Spokesperson, National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco

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43 CN BC: PUB LTE: Police Chiefs Should Simply Enforce The LawSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Magee, Jeff Area:British Columbia Lines:42 Added:09/19/2017

Re: "Postpone legal pot, police exhort feds," Sept. 13.

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police seem to see their role as being an obstruction to the implementation of public policy. To this end, they want a delay of at least six months in the legalization of marijuana. They say this is necessary in order to train officers and certify more officers to conduct roadside tests.

Their overriding concern with the legalization of marijuana is a dramatic increase in the number of people driving stoned. Let me assure them this will not happen. They can sleep peacefully, without the fear that hordes of stoned zombies are suddenly going to be driving amok on our streets. Nothing is going to change. The simple fact is, people have been getting high for 50 years. The reason marijuana is being legalized is because almost everyone already uses it.

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44 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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45 CN NK: N.B. Sets Up Marijuana Crown CorporationSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Robertson, Grant Area:New Brunswick Lines:115 Added:09/19/2017

Province inks supply deals, including with pot producer in pesticides probe

New Brunswick became the second province to start unveiling plans to sell recreational marijuana next year, when the federal government expects to lift nearly a century of prohibition on the product.

The province announced on Friday that it has created a Crown corporation to oversee sales of recreational marijuana, and has signed agreements with two cannabis-producing companies to supply a portion of its retail network.

However, the New Brunswick government stopped short of releasing specific details on how the product will be sold - such as the legal age for consumption and the number of retail sites that will be permitted. The new Crown corporation will not directly conduct retail sales but will work with other entities to operate the stores, the province said.

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46CN 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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47CN AB: Minister Admits Not Everyone Will Agree On Plan For LegalizedSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley says she's not expecting "complete consensus" as Alberta prepares to release its plan for legal cannabis in a matter of weeks.

As the federal Liberal government prepares to legalize the recreational use of marijuana on July 1, 2018, it falls to the provinces to deal with issues such as the minimum age for consumption and how pot will be distributed and sold.

In written submissions to its cannabis secretariat, Alberta's NDP government has heard wide-ranging options for how retail sales of marijuana should be handled, including allowing new standalone specialized stores, utilizing existing private liquor stores or government-controlled sales.

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48CN SN: Worry Over Pot Bill Age LimitSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Robinson, Ashley Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

Bill C-45 proposes to allow kids aged 12-18 to legally possess marijuana, but experts warn weed is 'very dangerous' for developing brains.

As Canadians prepare for a new era of legalized recreational marijuana use next summer, concern is growing about a little-known provision wrapped into the bill that would allow kids as young as 12 to legally possess pot.

The professed goal of the federal Liberals' Bill C-45 is to keep marijuana out of the hands of criminals and youth, and to stop criminal records for possession of small amounts of marijuana from following people through their lives.

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49 CN ON: PUB LTE: Illegal Pot Supply Will ContinueSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Reynolds, Ross Area:Ontario Lines:30 Added:09/19/2017

Re: Lighting up the nanny narrative, Cohn, Sept. 12

Martin Regg Cohn argues a government-monopolized model is the best way to sell legal weed, as evidenced by the LCBO and the Beer Store.

So here's a thought: If the Beer Store is comprised of mega breweries, while under the watchful eye of the province, why not allow federally regulated pot producers to set up a retail network?

This would allow provincial oversight but also guarantee knowledgeable personnel manning the counters. Somehow, I just can't trust a government employee to be product knowledgeable. If it's going to function properly, treat weed with the same freedom as alcohol.

Ross Reynolds, Halifax

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50CN NK: N.B. Strikes Supply Deals For Legalized PotSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Zochodne, Geoff Area:New Brunswick Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

Province to create new Crown agency

New Brunswick has set up a new Crown corporation that will oversee marijuana sales, but not actually retail the drug, when the federal government's planned legalization of recreational cannabis goes into effect next July

Provincial Finance Minister Cathy Rogers and Health Minister Benoit Bourque made the announcement Friday in Moncton, adding that New Brunswick has already struck deals with two licensed medical marijuana companies to help supply its recreational market.

However, the province has still left the door open to a possibly less- restrictive retail regime than the one proposed by Ontario, which is setting up a single, government-run retailer.

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