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1CN ON: This Is How Easy It Is To Get Cannabis At Illegal Pot ShopsMon, 24 Jul 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Willing, Jon Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:07/25/2017

Some ask for prescriptions or medical proof, most don't need documentation

It's ridiculously easy to get weed from a storefront in Ottawa today.

With the number of pot shops in the city on the upswing, despite multiple dispensary employees facing drug-trafficking charges following police raids, the Citizen visited the city's 17 known cannabis stores to find out how they're screening customers.

The dispensaries are, of course, illegal. But when many of them opened in Ottawa, operators stressed their businesses were serving people who needed medical marijuana.

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2CN QU: Column: Little Packets Of TroubleSat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Schwarcz, Joe Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:07/25/2017

So-called bath salts, other street drugs are not a safe way to seek pleasure

When someone offers a tiny packet of "bath salts" for sale with a price tag somewhere between $30 and $50, you know that it is not meant to be sprinkled into a bathtub. These "bath salts," commonly available in head shops, online and even in some convenience stores, may sport a label declaring "not for human consumption," but they are clearly designed to cater to the insides of the body rather than the outside.

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3 CN MB: PUB LTE: Get With The Pot ProgramSat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Stonard, Liz Area:Manitoba Lines:26 Added:07/25/2017

Excuse me! As a 64-year-old registered nurse from an RCMP family, if a Canadian citizen is considered old enough to legally put their lives on the line to sign up for military service at the age of 18, then they are plenty mature enough to decide whether or not to consume commonly used drugs such as alcohol or marijuana.

To legislators: quit being so hypocritically nanny state and, realistically, get with the program!

Liz Stonard

Port Alberni, B.C.

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4CN ON: Closed-Door Meeting Causes Drug-Case MistrialSat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Yogaretnam, Shaamini Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:07/25/2017

Defence should have been present, judge conceded in granting request

I ... mistakenly permitted him to bring the drug exhibits into my office where he remained with those exhibits for approximately 20 minutes.

An Ottawa judge has declared a mistrial in a drug case after privately questioning an investigating officer in chambers violated an accused's right to be at his own trial.

Paul Masilamany filed the mistrial application on May 12, 2017, the day the court was to decide on drug trafficking charges against him.

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5 CN ON: Judge Declares Mistrial In Drug CaseSat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Yogaretnam, Shaamini Area:Ontario Lines:146 Added:07/25/2017

Rules he violated accused's rights to a fair trial by asking to meet with police officer

An Ottawa judge has declared a mistrial in a drug case after privately questioning an investigating officer in chambers violated an accused's right to be at his own trial.

Paul Masilamany filed the mistrial application on May 12, 2017, the day the court was to decide on drug trafficking charges against him.

But just two days before, the lead drug officer, acting on a request from the judge himself, attended Superior Court Justice Paul Kane's office and brought drug exhibits for the judge's use in rendering his decision.

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6 CN ON: Must Be 19 To Buy Weed: WynneSat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Jeffords, Shawn Area:Ontario Lines:45 Added:07/25/2017

Premier Kathleen Wynne says you'll have to be 19 years old to buy legal weed in Ontario.

Wynne said Friday she can't see the age of majority to buy marijuana being different than that of alcohol when pot is legalized next summer.

Wynne made the remarks days after discussing legalization with her fellow premiers during a conference in Edmonton.

"I find it hard to imagine ... that we would have a different age or certainly a lower age for the consumption of cannabis than for alcohol," she said. "Nineteen is the age for alcohol, so I think we would be looking at at least that."

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7 CN MB: Province's Stance On Legalization Frustrates MarijuanaSat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Brandon Sun (CN MB) Author:Clarke, Tyler Area:Manitoba Lines:147 Added:07/25/2017

While Brandon's political representatives encourage the delay of the legalization of marijuana, local advocates of the plant are saying the day couldn't come soon enough.

Picking up related paraphernalia at Growers N' Smokers on Friday, veteran Michael Gibson said that his "disrespect" for Premier Brian Pallister is "huge, right now."

This week, Pallister publicly requested that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delay legalization for an extra year beyond the proposed date of July 1, 2018.

With too many questions that still need answering, we're just not ready for legalization, Brandon East Progressive Conservative MLA Len Isleifson said, sharing in some of Pallister's concerns about marijuana, more accurately called cannabis.

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8 CN ON: Pot Couple's 'Offence Of Compassion'Sat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:127 Added:07/25/2017

In potentially precedent-setting case, operators of marijuana dispensary get an absolute discharge

KITCHENER - A provincial court judge granted an absolute discharge to a young Kitchener couple who were running an illegal marijuana dispensary in Waterloo.

Justice Colin Westman said Nour and Shady Louka committed "an offence of compassion" when they operated a medical marijuana dispensary in uptown Waterloo and sold pot to adults with medical marijuana licences.

Westman described the couple as "activists in favour of their fellow human beings" and running a marijuana dispensary was "essentially civil disobedience."

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9 CN BC: Column: Hit Pause On Pot PlanSat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Clark, Gordon Area:British Columbia Lines:107 Added:07/25/2017

It's less than a year before this great but apparently idiotic country plans to legalize marijuana, and some doubts emerged this week over whether that deadline is achievable.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister - attending the Council of the Federation meetings in Edmonton with the other premiers and territorial leaders - is lobbying his counterparts to push back by a year the federal government's July 2018 date to legalize pot.

Pallister says more time is need for provinces to educate the public about the dangers of drugged driving and also for police and the Crown to sort out how to enforce the law around impaired driving related to cannabis. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall also supports an extension and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says that while her province will shoot for the deadline, she may seek an extension.

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10CN PI: Challenge Lies AheadSat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Stewart, Dave Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:07/25/2017

MADD manager says legalization of marijuana is going to create significant issues

Police need more powers to battle impaired drivers, says Susan MacAskill.

The regional manager of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) says the legalization of marijuana next year is going to create a whole new challenge for law enforcement, and governments need to act soon.

"Our federal government needs to have legislative framework in place and our provincial governments need to have legalization under the Motor Vehicle Act that gives police the powers to lay those drug impaired charges because a breathalyzer will not detect drugs,'' MacAskill said.

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11Canada: Give Us Same Marketing Rules As Liquor Companies, MarijuanaSat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Posadzki, Alexandra Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:07/25/2017

Sixteen of Canada's licensed marijuana producers have enlisted the help of Advertising Standards Canada to develop guidelines on how the drug should be branded and promoted before its recreational use becomes legal next year.

The marijuana sector has been lobbying Ottawa for the right to brand their products, arguing that not being able to promote in stores or on packaging will prevent them from being able to effectively compete with the black market.

Last year, a federal task force issued a report recommending cannabis products require plain packaging that would allow only certain kinds of information to be listed, such as company name, strain and price. It said advertising restrictions should be similar to those placed on the tobacco industry.

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12 CN BC: Enforcement Of Cannabis Bylaws Eating Up Staff TimeFri, 21 Jul 2017
Source:Victoria News (CN BC) Author:Descoteau, Don Area:British Columbia Lines:66 Added:07/25/2017

Victoria councillor hopes province, feds take on enforcement role in 2018

Enforcement of existing city bylaws is no walk in the park when it comes to marijuana dispensaries, especially given the lack of federal legislation or even guidance on the matter.

Victoria councillors will hear more this Thursday from city staff working in the field, when committee of the whole discusses an enforcement progress report relating to cannabis-related businesses. In total, $24,000 in fines have so far been handed out to dispensaries for non-compliance, $15,000 of which - 15 fines of $1,000 - has been levied under the city's cannabis bylaw for operating without a valid business licence.

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13 CN ON: Column: Legalization Won't Stop Marijuana AbuseFri, 21 Jul 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Timson, Judith Area:Ontario Lines:133 Added:07/25/2017

People need skills for coping, not more cannabis boutiques

I see the provincial premiers are demanding "clarity" - possibly a delay - in the federal plan to legalize marijuana by next July.

A communique from their Edmonton conference said they still have concerns about, among other things, traffic safety and public education campaigns.

I'm with them. I still don't have "clarity" about legal pot or in fact the use and abuse of recreational drugs in general.

Here is what we all bring to any debate about recreational drugs: our own history, our generational lens, our hypocrisy too.

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14CN BC: Cannabis Use Not An Issue For Zoning, Mayor SaysFri, 21 Jul 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Cleverley, Bill Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/25/2017

Lounges that permit people to use cannabis on site will continue to be high-priority enforcement areas under city regulations, says Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps.

"I think we do need a place for the safe consumption of cannabis and I hope that the federal government and the provincial government will create that in their regulatory regime," Helps said Thursday during discussion of enforcement efforts. "But right now, it's not part of our business licence process and nor do I think it should be.

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15 CN BC: Editorial: Reefer Madness?Fri, 21 Jul 2017
Source:Cowichan Valley Citizen (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:55 Added:07/25/2017

The school district's desire to ban marijuana shops from the immediate vicinity of all area schools is a little strange.

We're not sure we get it. Are they trying to stop the kids from buying and using pot, or are they trying to protect the children from being exposed to the people who will be patronizing the shops? Both?

The law, much like with liquor sales, will take care of the first. Children will not be permitted to purchase marijuana. If there's a store that starts selling illegally to kids, then there's law enforcement to take care of that. As for the second, it presupposes unflattering things about the people who will be, totally legally, buying marijuana for their own consumption. That strikes us as rather ignorant.

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16CN BC: Column: Feds Must Push Pause Button On Pot LegalizationFri, 21 Jul 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Clark, Gordon Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/25/2017

It's less than a year before this great but apparently idiotic country plans to legalize marijuana, and some doubts emerged this week over whether that deadline is achievable.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister - attending the Council of the Federation meetings in Edmonton with the other premiers and territorial leaders - is lobbying his counterparts to push back by a year the federal government's July 2018 date to legalize pot.

Pallister says more time is need for provinces to educate the public about the dangers of drugged driving and also for police and the Crown to sort out how to enforce the law around impaired driving related to cannabis.

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17 CN SN: Mayor Wants Slice Of Pot PieFri, 21 Jul 2017
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:White-Crummey, Arthur Area:Saskatchewan Lines:57 Added:07/25/2017

Mayor Dionne says Prince Albert will face costs from marijuana legalization, so the city should get its share of the expected tax revenues

Mayor Greg Dionne is joining the chorus of Saskatchewan mayors calling for marijuana revenue to be shared with municipalities.

"We know the government is doing this to create revenue," Dionne said. "We believe it's prudent that they share that revenue with us. Because, at the end of the day, who does the enforcement of the laws that they make? Our local police and our local people. So we should be compensated for that."

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18 CN ON: Oldtimera's Pot Bust Has Critics SmokingFri, 21 Jul 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Carruthers, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:82 Added:07/25/2017

A drug bust at Richmond and Dundas streets, a downtown London intersection with a notorious reputation for crime, is rarely a head-turner.

The shocker this time?

One of two men charged with drug trafficking in a recent bust there is 88 years old.

Then, there's the small amount of marijuana that was seized, 16 grams.

Social media chatter lit up, and critics pounced, after London police Thursday announced the trafficking charges against the two men, the octogenarian and a 60 year old.

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19 CN MB: Liberals Firm On 2018 Pot LaunchFri, 21 Jul 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Martin, Nick Area:Manitoba Lines:110 Added:07/25/2017

Health minister rebuffs calls to delay legalization

THE federal government will stick with its July 1, 2018, deadline for marijuana legalization despite concerns from Premier Brian Pallister and other premiers.

Health Minister Jane Philpott said in Winnipeg on Thursday that civil servants across Canada are already preparing for legalization and there will not be an extension, which was requested by Pallister.

He has been adamant Manitoba won't be ready to cover the health, justice, safety, sale and production issues that need to be met by that time.

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20 CN AB: Legal Age For Pot Use Likely To Be Set At 19Fri, 21 Jul 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Ferguson, Rob Area:Alberta Lines:72 Added:07/22/2017

EDMONTON - Ontario is on track to set the legal age for recreational marijuana use at 19, Premier Kathleen Wynne says.

Wynne told the Star the age of majority should be the same for pot as it is for booze once the federal government legalizes cannabis next July 1.

"I have a hard time imagining Ontario will have a lower age for pot than we do for alcohol," she said in an interview at the close of the annual premiers' conference here.

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