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1 CN BC: City Set To Crack Down On Pot ShopsWed, 22 Mar 2017
Source:Victoria News (CN BC) Author:Roth, Pamela Area:British Columbia Lines:82 Added:03/24/2017

The time is up for marijuana dispensaries that have yet to apply for a business license or rezoning in order to continue operating in Victoria.

The city will now be launching legal proceedings for cannabis retailers who've failed to comply with the marijuana dispensary regulations that took effect in November and require businesses to obtain a $5,000 license and pass a $7,500 rezoning process to operate legally.

So far, 33 cannabis retailers have applied for a business license and 23 have applied for rezoning. Sixteen have yet to apply for anything.

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2 CN BC: Pot Shop Giving Up BattleThu, 23 Mar 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Miller, James Area:British Columbia Lines:68 Added:03/24/2017

Jukka Laurio says he is closing Herbal Green medical marijuana dispensary effective immediately

He assured (city) staff that he was not selling cannabis. Staff were deceived by Mr. Laurio - clearly the products he's selling have cannabis in them.

After multiple clashes with city hall, Jukka Laurio has agreed to shut down his Herbal Green medical marijuana dispensary effective immediately.

The pot advocate and two-time mayoral candidate was back in front of council Tuesday for "illegally selling cannabis products without a licence."

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3 CN ON: Oped: Law Not The Top Drug Use IssueThu, 23 Mar 2017
Source:Sun Times, The (Owen Sound, CN ON) Author:Perras, Floyd Area:Ontario Lines:84 Added:03/24/2017

Ronald Reagan once quipped that the government's view of the economy could be summed up as follows: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it.

For better or for worse, the Canadian government seems to have decided that marijuana has been on the move long enough to start taxing and regulating it.

For the uninitiated, legalizing marijuana would mean that the drug would be available for purchase but regulated by the government -- similar to alcohol or tobacco. The difference is that marijuana is far cheaper to produce at scale than either of those two.

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4 CN ON: Cops Raid Pot Shop AgainThu, 23 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Boland, Jack Area:Ontario Lines:58 Added:03/24/2017

Marijuana, cash seized from Cannabis Culture stores

Cannabis Culture has been clipped again.

The Broadview Ave. and Queen St. E. pot shop was raided just after noon Wednesday by uniformed and undercover Toronto Police officers.

Two warrants were executed by police at the Leslieville location and a second one at St. Clair Ave. E. in East York, according to a Toronto Police spokesman.

Before 2 p.m., several large evidence bags yielded copious amounts of bud, cash and unknown containers, which were loaded into the rear of a police minivan on Queen E.

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5 CN ON: Police Still Probing Marijuana DispensaryWed, 22 Mar 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mercer, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:103 Added:03/24/2017

While Green Tree workers face charges, not much is known about operator

KITCHENER - While four employees arrested at a Kitchener marijuana dispensary face ongoing criminal charges, the owner who actually pocketed the proceeds from the illegal sales is nowhere to be found.

When police raided Green Tree Medical Dispensary on King Street, they seized $17,000 in cash, plus almost $27,000 in marijuana and $5,400 in hashish.

Investigators knew the store was doing brisk business, but who was collecting all that money remains murky.

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6 CN AB: Pot Regs ComingWed, 22 Mar 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Kent, Gordon Area:Alberta Lines:64 Added:03/24/2017

Sales rules in place next year: justice minister

Alberta should have regulations in place to allow recreational marijuana sales next year, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said Tuesday.

The federal government has vowed to introduce legislation this spring to legalize pot, but Ganley said packaging, distribution, zoning, building codes and other details must be worked out before people can smoke and eat cannabis in the province without breaking the law.

"I'm not sure whether that has yet penetrated the public's consciousness fully. There's an enormous amount of work that has to be done," she said following a speech to the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties convention in the Shaw Conference Centre.

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7 CN BC: Victoria At Centre Of New Pot-Shop AmbiguityWed, 22 Mar 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:105 Added:03/24/2017

The majority of Victoria's illegal pot shops have applied for the city's special new business licence, but more than a dozen not engaged in the process could soon face court-ordered injunctions aimed at shutting them down.

At the same time, the local health authority says a recent anonymous complaint about the cleanliness of one of these dispensaries has led to it outlawing the controversial sale of baked goods and candies in these stores, an issue that a city bylaw created last year purposely did not address.

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8 CN ON: Column: Selling marijuana: First, Do No HarmTue, 14 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Agar, Jerry Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:03/17/2017

For those who believe there is no potential harm from illegal marijuana stores in the city, consider Shelley Marshall's story.

Marshall is a suicide survivor who wrote and performs her story through her excellent, one-woman play: Hold Mommy's Cigarette.

She strongly believes in medical marijuana for medicinal purposes and is for legalization, but with regulations.

Her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will never completely disappear, but, she says: "You can get the symptoms to go away if you take care of yourself and if you are in the good company of people who care."

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9 CN ON: Column: Selling marijuana: First, Do No HarmTue, 14 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Agar, Jerry Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:03/17/2017

For those who believe there is no potential harm from illegal marijuana stores in the city, consider Shelley Marshall's story.

Marshall is a suicide survivor who wrote and performs her story through her excellent, one-woman play: Hold Mommy's Cigarette.

She strongly believes in medical marijuana for medicinal purposes and is for legalization, but with regulations.

Her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will never completely disappear, but, she says: "You can get the symptoms to go away if you take care of yourself and if you are in the good company of people who care."

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10 CN ON: Film Festival Takes On Tough TopicWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Sentinel Review (CN ON) Author:Chessell, Bruce Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:03/17/2017

Young filmmakers in Oxford County will have the chance to take on a tough topic: The effects of drugs and substance abuse.

The Oxford Drug Awareness Committee (ODAC) is asking young people between the ages of 14 to 24 across Oxford County to make and submit a short three-minute video that illustrates the effects of substance use relating to one of four topics: Overdose, alcohol, marijuana and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The videos should be well researched and can use different film methods like live-action, animation or claymation.

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11 CN ON: Owner Of Busted Cannabis Dispensary Pleads Guilty To TwoWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Northumberland Today (CN ON) Author:Fisher, Pete Area:Ontario Lines:52 Added:03/17/2017

COBOURG - The owner of a full service pot dispensary store that was busted last year pleaded guilty to two charges in February in Cobourg court.

South Shore Wellness - Full Service Cannabis Dispensary, which was located at 8987 County Road 45 in Roseneath, was busted on Aug. 17, 2016 by members of the Ontario Provincial Police Central East Drug Unit, assisted by Northumberland OPP.

The operator of the facility, Timothy Tucker, was arrested at the scene and taken away in handcuffs. He faced four charges under the Criminal Code including using a forged document, possession for the purpose of trafficking (marijuana), proceeds of crime (less than $5,000) and possession for the purpose of trafficking (cannabis resin).

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12 CN ON: Marijuana Legislation In Spring - MPWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Hamilton-McCharles, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:79 Added:03/17/2017

'We'd rather take our time and do it right than rush into something and regret it later'

Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Anthony Rota expects to see legislation this spring to legalize marijuana.

The challenge, Rota says, is "making sure we get it right.

"We need to make sure we have it dispensed to places children can't get to, making sure that only adults can get to it and people of age," he said Tuesday.

"That is what is taking the most time right now. I was talking to Bill Blair (parliamentary secretary to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould) and he was saying we're likely to have something this spring. "We'd rather take our time and do it right than rush into something and regret it later. It comes down to how we regulate it and how we regulate the distribution"

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13 CN AB: City Staff Have Pot On The BrainWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Simes, Jeremy Area:Alberta Lines:60 Added:03/17/2017

Officials mull ground rules for looming legalization

City staff are laying the ground rules for possible legal pot shops in Edmonton.

Councillors discussed a city report Tuesday that provides an initial look on what legal pot could look like as the city waits for the federal government to release more details on plans to legalize the sale of cannabis for recreational use.

In the report, the city proposes adding "cannabis retail sales" and "cannabis lounges" to a bylaw that currently regulates development of bars and retail stores.

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14 CN ON: LTE: Move To Legalize Marijuana QuestionableWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:50 Added:03/17/2017

"Six workers arrested in marijuana dispensaries raid," March 11

Just this week a report was released saying smoking marijuana can do the same serious damage to lungs as tobacco, which is common sense. The U.K. has done extensive studies showing young people who smoke marijuana have a greatly enhanced chance of suffering psychosis and other mental issues later in life. There is no easy roadside test for drivers in Canada believed to have smoked up. (In Colorado, traffic deaths have gone up substantially since it legalized pot).

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15CN BC: Column: Pot Still Risky Business Outside VancouverWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Moriarty, Wayne Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

I am reminded often of how we live in something of a pot bubble here in Vancouver - how marijuana advocates enjoy a mostly hassle-free ride from the local constabulary.

These reminders come in the form of news stories and anecdotes from other jurisdictions where the sale and use of marijuana is not treated with the benign indifference it receives here. Surrey, for example. A lawyer friend was telling me just the other day how a client of his was arrested recently when the RCMP shut down a dispensary in that city. His client had no stake in the dispensary other than as a customer. He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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16CN AB: Council Works To Tighten Up Zoning Rules For Pot ShopsWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Stolte, Elise Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

Edmonton moved to close loopholes in the zoning bylaw Tuesday to ensure marijuanasales can't happen in corner stores and residential neighbourhoods.

The zoning changes will also specifically ban toking in pubs, a move city planners called "preventative maintenance" to prepare Edmonton for the coming legalization of recreational marijuana use.

"So operations aren't able to legitimize blended uses," said senior planner Colton Kirsop at council's executive committee.

Kirsop recommended other zoning changes and smoking bans be delayed until the federal rules are clear so council debate doesn't "get lost in the weeds." Ottawa is expected in June to introduce legislation regarding recreational marijuana, with legalization to follow in 2019. Based on task force recommendations, it appears it will also legalize cannabis lounges, but ban drinking and smoking there, say city staff.

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17 CN ON: Smoke AlarmThu, 16 Mar 2017
Source:NOW Magazine (CN ON) Author:Delamont, Kieran Area:Ontario Lines:99 Added:03/17/2017

Police crackdown on Cannabis Culture dispensaries clouds future of Prince of Pot

The faint smell of marijuana smoke hung in the halls of Old City Hall on Friday, March 10; dozens had turned out for the bail hearing of Cannabis Culture dispensary owners Marc and Jodie Emery.

Bail conditions for Cannabis Culture's Marc Emery include his not being involved in operation of the stores.

The "Prince and Princess of Pot" were arrested, along with Chris Goodwin, Erin Goodwin and Britney Guerra, on Wednesday night and charged with a raft of marijuana-related offences, including trafficking and possession of the proceeds of crime. The arrests were part of Project Gator, a nationwide operation coordinated by Toronto police specifically targeting six Cannabis Culture locations in Toronto and Hamilton and Cannabis Culture's magazine offices in Vancouver, where computers were seized but no charges were laid against staff. Two Cannabis Culture stores in Ottawa were also raided, although police say those were not connected to Project Gator.

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18 CN ON: Tory Backs Police Raids To Weed Out Pot DispensariesMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Powell, Betsy Area:Ontario Lines:71 Added:03/17/2017

Mayor backs legalization, but says cannabis capitalism has jumped the gun in the city

Mayor John Tory "strongly supports" the latest Toronto police crackdown on marijuana dispensaries even though the federal government will soon introduce legislation to legalize pot.

While Tory says he supports legalization, the people who have been selling pot out of city storefronts have jumped the gun.

"I just think when you have a law that you have to make your best efforts to enforce it," he said Friday, a day after the raids on pot shops in Toronto, Vancouver and Hamilton.

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19 CN AB: Sowing The Seeds Of Pot LegalizationTue, 14 Mar 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Martin, Tijana Area:Alberta Lines:105 Added:03/17/2017

Cannabis Crusader stops in Lethbridge

This spring, cannabis plants may start appearing in places you'd least expect. And it might be because of Dana Larsen's Overgrow Canada campaign.

On Monday night, the cannabis expert, activist and author spoke in Lethbridge for the first time as part of his Overgrow Canada Tour. The event took place at Moose Hall and attendees were given 100 free cannabis seeds to plant.

"Lethbridge has been somewhat excluded from these types of events in the past, just being a smaller city kind of off the beaten track, and I feel it's important to get this tour here to Lethbridge, to get the exposure to see that (marijuana) is here in Lethbridge as much as it is everywhere else in Canada, and the city needs to embrace that," said local event host Austin Moloughney.

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20CN BC: Police Seize Marijuana, Edibles From Dispensary Near SchoolTue, 14 Mar 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Bell, Jeff Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

Two people were arrested and 15 pounds of marijuana were seized when Nanaimo RCMP carried out a search warrant at one of two Nature's Source dispensaries in the city. Oils, marijuana edibles and $2,000 were also seized.

The 5th Street business was searched March 9 and remains closed. An employee at the other Nature's Source Nanaimo location on Front Street said the site will re-open as a glass shop.

The arrests were made for possession for the purpose of trafficking, with both people being released on a promise to appear in court Aug. 8.

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