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
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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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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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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$1 per gram plan revealed, but premier says provinces will carry an
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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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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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
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
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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.
Advocates say Ottawa's proposed excise levy will simply penalize the
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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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
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The provincial government's plan to allow legal marijuana sales at
privately owned stores has the business community optimistic about
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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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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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
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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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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
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Questions raised about decision to allow municipal authority over
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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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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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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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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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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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,
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