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1CN BC: OPED: Time For Canada To Build On The B.C. Bud BrandSat, 11 Nov 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Clark, Paul Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/13/2017

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 fashion brands.

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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2 CN BC: PUB LTE: We Need To Value Lives Over Votes In Drug CrisisWed, 08 Nov 2017
Source:Williams Lake Tribune, The (CN BC) Author:John, Area:British Columbia Lines:60 Added:11/13/2017

Editor:

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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3 CN BC: Editorial: Lighting Up The EconomyWed, 08 Nov 2017
Source:Penticton Western (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:50 Added:11/13/2017

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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4 CN ON: Wynne Down On Ottawa's Marijuana Tax ProposalsSat, 11 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:MacCharles, Tonda Area:Ontario Lines:100 Added:11/13/2017

$1 per gram plan revealed, but premier says provinces will carry an unfair burden

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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5CN AB: Column: Private Pot And A Leaderless Alberta PartySat, 11 Nov 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Thomson, Graham Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/13/2017

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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6 CN AB: Alberta To Fight Ottawa's Cannabis-Tax 'Clawback'Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Cryderman, Kelly Area:Alberta Lines:98 Added:11/13/2017

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 sales.

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 work.

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7 CN ON: LTE: Hazards Of CannabisSat, 11 Nov 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Wagner, Ron Area:Ontario Lines:36 Added:11/13/2017

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.

Ron Wagner

Elmira

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8 Canada: Plan To Tax Medical Marijuana Spurs OutrageSat, 11 Nov 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Leblanc, Daniel Area:Canada Lines:139 Added:11/13/2017

Advocates say Ottawa's proposed excise levy will simply penalize the sick

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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9 CN ON: A Awaiting A Game For Local Impact Of Pot LegalizationSat, 11 Nov 2017
Source:Beacon Herald, The (CN ON) Author:Juha, Jonathan Area:Ontario Lines:86 Added:11/13/2017

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 pot.

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10CN AB: Province Slams Ottawa Over Proposed Split On LegalizedSat, 11 Nov 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Graney, Emma Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/13/2017

The provincial government's plan to allow legal marijuana sales at privately owned stores has the business community optimistic about potential opportunities.

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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11 Canada: Provinces Split On How To Sell CannabisSat, 11 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Woods, Allan Area:Canada Lines:87 Added:11/13/2017

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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12Canada: Got Pot? Get Ready For Questions At BorderSat, 11 Nov 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Bronskill, Jim Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:11/13/2017

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 safety committee.

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13 CN ON: Employers Get Help To Prepare For Legal PotFri, 10 Nov 2017
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Morden, Paul Area:Ontario Lines:84 Added:11/13/2017

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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14 CN AB: Important To Be Informed About Marijuana, SACPA ToldFri, 10 Nov 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Schnarr, J. W. Area:Alberta Lines:64 Added:11/13/2017

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 this. "

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15 CN MB: Feds Mull Manitoba Marijuana PlanFri, 10 Nov 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Martin, Nick Area:Manitoba Lines:125 Added:11/13/2017

Questions raised about decision to allow municipal authority over sales

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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16 CN YK: Pro-Cannabis Respondents Smoke DissidentsFri, 10 Nov 2017
Source:Whitehorse Star (CN YK) Author:Blewett, Taylor Area:Yukon Territory Lines:128 Added:11/13/2017

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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17 CN ON: Pot Find Adds To Gas Well BillSat, 11 Nov 2017
Source:Simcoe Reformer, The (CN ON) Author:Sonnenberg, Monte Area:Ontario Lines:90 Added:11/13/2017

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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18CN BC: Let's Have Licensed Pot Lounges, Victoria Councillors UrgeSun, 12 Nov 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Cleverley, Bill Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/13/2017

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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19Canada: Up To $1b A Year In Revenues Estimated From Legalized PotSat, 11 Nov 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Rabson, Mia Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:11/13/2017

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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20CN AB: Private Sector To Operate Pot ShopsFri, 10 Nov 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Graney, Emma Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/13/2017

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, sources say.

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