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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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9 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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10CN 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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11 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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12 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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13 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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14 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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15 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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16 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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17CN 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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18 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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19 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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20 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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