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1 CN ON: LTE: Future DamagesThu, 25 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mundy, Lloyd Area:Ontario Lines:27 Added:05/29/2017

It has taken the public and the government years to persuade people to give up smoking. Now our prime minister is going to legalize marijuana.

Please demonstrate some common sense. Obviously, he is looking at it from a financial point of view. Imagine the profits from growing it and, of course, the distribution of it. Not much thought is being given toward future damage to the health of our people or the problems it will create. This is the type of decision Trump would make.

Lloyd Mundy

Waterloo

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2 CN ON: Health Unit Urges Non-Profit Model For Weed SalesThu, 25 May 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Norris, Mike Area:Ontario Lines:81 Added:05/29/2017

If the sale of marijuana becomes legal in Canada next year, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health wants it to be strictly a not-for-profit venture.

At its monthly board of governors meeting Wednesday, the health unit passed a motion urging the federal and Ontario governments to support and implement a not-for-profit production/distribution system with a mandate that focuses on protecting the public's health, if the distribution and sale of cannabis is allowed. Legislation is expected to take effect by July 1, 2018.

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3 CN BC: OPED: Bill C-244 Could Help Save LivesThu, 25 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Albas, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:65 Added:05/29/2017

As much as the House of Commons is often viewed as an adversarial environment there are also those times, albeit rare, when there is unanimous support for the passage of a Bill.

In the last Parliament I was fortunate to have unanimous support for the passage of my Bill to remove a prohibition era Federal restriction preventing the personal movement of wine across provincial borders.

Later the government would expand on this bill to also include beer and spirits. Recently in the House of Commons another private member's bill has received unanimous support and has also passed through the Senate and recently received Royal Assent.

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4 CN PI: LTE: City Mayor Speaks TruthThu, 25 May 2017
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Naylor, Gary Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:33 Added:05/29/2017

Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee appeared on CBC Compass on Friday to detail financial problems that the city foresees in preparing for the legalization of marijuana in 2018.The mayor did so but also took the opportunity to become the first leader in Canada to explain why the country will be making a huge mistake in legalizing the drug. He spoke the truth.

Congratulations Mayor Lee, your remarks were right on and should be required listening for all federal and provincial politicians.

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5 CN PI: LTE: Right On, Mayor Clifford LeeThu, 25 May 2017
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI) Author:Naylor, Gary Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:32 Added:05/29/2017

Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee appeared on CBC Compass on Friday to detail financial problems that his city foresees in preparing for the legalization of marijuana in 2018.

The mayor did so but also took the opportunity to become the first leader in Canada to explain why the country will be making a huge mistake in legalizing the drug. He spoke the truth. Congratulations Mayor Lee, your remarks were right on and should be required listening for all federal and provincial politicians.

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6 CN BC: Letter: Half-Truths About Times SquareThu, 25 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Billesberger, Mark Area:British Columbia Lines:34 Added:05/29/2017

Dear Editor: When guys like Paul Crossley write letters that are only half truths, it really makes my blood boil.

Mr. Crossley claims that the Times Square killer was high on marijuana at the time he went on his rampage ("Driver was high on marijuana," Herald, May 23). This is a true statement.

What Mr. Crossley fails to mention is that it was synthetic marijuana (made in a lab) that was laced with PCP (more commonly known as angel dust) which causes unbelievable strength and hallucinations.

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7CN BC: OPED: Our Approach To Opioid Addiction Isn't WorkingFri, 26 May 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Oviedo-Joekes, Eugenia Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/29/2017

"Yes, and how many deaths will it take till he knows, That too many people have died?" - Bob Dylan, Blowin' in the Wind

Beginning in 1993, Justice Horace Krever led a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the tainted-blood scandal in Canada. Inquiries were held in other countries. One of the key questions was why people with hemophilia were forced to continue to inject blood products that were not screened for HIV, when newer and safer products were already available.

Criminal charges were laid in a number of settings. The Canadian Red Cross pleaded guilty to the crime of distributing a contaminated drug and made a large donation in exchange for six criminal charges being dropped.

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8 CN ON: LTE: Don't Legalize MarijuanaFri, 26 May 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Braund, Marie Area:Ontario Lines:28 Added:05/29/2017

Elected government officials are not concerning themselves with the effects of marijuana legalization. The only people who should be prescribing any type of drug are doctors and then only to patients who require them for pain relief from serious illness.

If the legal age for purchasing drugs is 18 you can be sure that unscrupulous types will provide drugs to those who are younger. With the high number of young people dead from drug overdoses, it would seem that this first step to addiction should not be legal. Legalization of marijuana needs to be stopped before it is started.

Marie Braund

Brantford

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9 CN ON: Unlucky Or Stupid?Sat, 27 May 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Hunter, Brad Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:05/29/2017

Man tied to Creba killing busted - a day before parole

Jane Creba was 15 when she was shot dead on a busy downtown Toronto street while shopping with her sister on Boxing Day in 2005.

Creba wasn't a dope dealer, nor had she disrespected anyone.

She was just an average teen whose promising young life was snuffed out by a stray bullet on Yonge St.

Now, Louis Raphael Woodcock, 30, convicted of manslaughter in connection with Creba's murder, has been charged by cops in Kingston for drug trafficking - with one day left on his parole.

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10Canada: 'Enormous' Fatigue Hits Marijuana SectorSat, 27 May 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Freeman, Sunny Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:05/29/2017

Investor fatigue has taken hold in Canada's hot marijuana sector amid an influx of look-alike producers getting licensed and going public, analysts said at an industry conference Friday.

"There's massive investor fatigue, like enormous, and people can't tell the difference between licensed producers anymore," Aaron Salz, CEO at Stoic Advisory, said on a panel Friday at the Lift Cannabis Expo in Toronto.

"Fundamentally, to some degree, these businesses, as prescribed by Health Canada and being in a highly-regulated industry are almost forced to be identical in many ways."

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11 CN NS: Editorial: Time To Get ReadyWed, 24 May 2017
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:71 Added:05/29/2017

If all goes according to plan, Canada's new marijuana law will take effect in July 2018.

It's what happens between now and then that is critical, especially when it comes to safeguarding young Canadians who are the most vulnerable to the potential harms of marijuana use.

Studies have shown adolescents are particularly at risk due to the fact their brains are continuing to develop and at a rapid pace. It's wise to take into consideration that research has shown that chronic marijuana usage is linked to memory and attention difficulties, prominently among individuals who started use while in early adolescence.

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12 CN ON: Do You Know What Your Kids Are Vaping?Wed, 24 May 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Hamilton-McCharles, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:81 Added:05/29/2017

High school students in North Bay are vaping marijuana juice and crushed Oxycontin before and during school.

The startling news came in March when Almaguin Highlands Secondary School principal Donna Breault made a presentation to the Near North District School Board about vaping and its dangers.

Board chairman David Thompson says parents need to be aware of what their kids are doing.

"I think parents would be shocked," Thompson says. "Students are vaping marijuana juice, crushed Oxycontin and sharing filters, which is putting them at risk of some serious health concerns like hepatitis."

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13CN BC: Elsner Blames 'Bad Blood' For His FallWed, 24 May 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:DeRosa, Katie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/29/2017

'I need to get on with my life,' says ex-Victoria police chief, now a security consultant for cannabis businesses

Former Victoria police chief Frank Elsner has launched a cannabis security-consulting business and suggests the allegations that ended his policing career were the result of "bad blood" created by his efforts to change the culture of the Victoria Police Department.

Elsner said he was hired to "clean house" at the VicPD, and not everyone embraced his proposed changes.

"I was brought in to make the changes that were necessary and part of that was changing the culture of the organization from a reactive one to a proactive community-based one," Elsner said.

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14 CN BC: PUB LTE: Hemp Could Be RobustWed, 24 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Rathwell, S. Area:British Columbia Lines:44 Added:05/29/2017

Dear Editor: In response to Shelley Eberle's letter of May 20, "marijuana legalization is a bad idea."

Contrary to popular belief, usage rates among teenagers were monitored the last few years by Scientific American. After Colorado legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana, they found rates decreasing from 30 per cent of teens using in 2011 to 21 per cent in 2015. This has also been the case in Washington state as well as Portugal, as after marijuana was decriminalized, both usage and addiction rates decreased.

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15 Canada: OPED: Alarming Stats About Drug Use And Driving Among TeensWed, 24 May 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Minaker, Leia Area:Canada Lines:102 Added:05/29/2017

Motor-vehicle collisions kill more Canadians aged 16 to 25 than any other cause. More than half of these deaths are related to the use of drugs or alcohol.

For many young people, this statistic may seem far removed from their day-today lives. For many parents, it may seem to represent something that happens to other people's children.

But the research tells a different story, and our recent study out of the University of Waterloo has found that almost half of Grade 11 and 12 students across Canada - representing 351,900 teens - reported engaging in at least one alcohol-or marijuana-related driving or passenger behaviours that may put them at risk.

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16 CN NS: Editorial: Time To Get ReadyWed, 24 May 2017
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:69 Added:05/29/2017

If all goes according to plan, Canada's new marijuana law will take effect in July 2018. It's what happens between now and then that is critical, especially when it comes to safeguarding young Canadians who are the most vulnerable to the potential harms of marijuana use.

Studies have shown adolescents are particularly at risk due to the fact their brains are continuing to develop and at a rapid pace. It's wise to take into consideration that research has shown that chronic marijuana usage is linked to memory and attention difficulties, prominently among individuals who started use while in early adolescence.

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17 CN ON: PUB LTE: Pot PerspectivesSat, 27 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Boucher, Dan Area:Ontario Lines:27 Added:05/28/2017

Re: Future damages - May 25

I don't smoke marijuana. That's right; I don't and I don't plan on starting. Yet letter writer after letter writer feels that once marijuana becomes legal, anyone and everyone is going to light up. Let me ask those writers, do you plan on taking up weed? Do you think it being illegal stops youth from smoking it now? Maybe it's a tax grab, but so what, we already pay sin taxes on alcohol and cigarettes. People need to get a grip.

Dan Boucher

Waterloo

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18 CN BC: PUB LTE: Booze Far Worse Than MarijuanaTue, 23 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Billesberger, Mark Area:British Columbia Lines:69 Added:05/28/2017

Dear Editor: This letter is in response to two recent letters to the editor with regards to the subject of marijuana and whether or not it should be legal.

The first letter from D. Simpson of Kelowna ("Marijuana not part of God's law, Herald, May 17), I am a little confused. If pot was not part of God's law, then why did He put it on earth to begin with? Marijuana has been around for tens of thousands of years (probably much longer.) Tell me, was alcohol part of God's plan? Did He plan to ruin families, finances, and lives? I thought He was a loving God. I will cite the quote used in the letter. In 2 Peter 1:3, "that we have been given all things that pertain to life and Godliness." This includes marijuana.

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19 CN BC: LTE: Driver Was High On MarijuanaTue, 23 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Crossley, Paul Area:British Columbia Lines:21 Added:05/28/2017

Dear Editor: Times Square driver was high on marijuana and we here in Canada have a government barreling ahead with plans to legalize the wretched stuff. Makes all kind of sense to me. Does it to you?

Paul Crossley

Penticton

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20 CN ON: LTE: Pot Law Changes Will Hurt CanadaTue, 23 May 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:60 Added:05/28/2017

(Re: Pot laws creating concerns, April 19 edition)

This excellent report by Jason Miller points out the growing concerns from municipal administrators as they try to come to grips with marijuana legalization on July 1, 2018. Councillor Mike Graham is correct that this is purely a political move by the Trudeau Liberals to fulfil an election promise and to rake in the billions expected from sales.

Parents should also be concerned with studies from the U.K., USA and our own Canadian Medical Association all showing young people using this drug run greatly enhanced risk of suffering psychosis and other mental issues later in life. Yet, in his infinite wisdom, Trudeau is ignoring the CMA's recommendation that nobody under 21 be allowed to make a purchase setting the age at 18. There are more than 85 cannabinoids contained in marijuana with very little known about their long-term effects on the human body.

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