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
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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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
The pot advocate and two-time mayoral candidate was back in front of
council Tuesday for "illegally selling cannabis products without a
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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
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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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
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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While Green Tree workers face charges, not much is known about
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
Investigators knew the store was doing brisk business, but who was
collecting all that money remains murky.
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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
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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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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
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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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COBOURG - The owner of a full service pot dispensary store that was
busted last year pleaded guilty to two charges in February in Cobourg
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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'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
"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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Officials mull ground rules for looming legalization
City staff are laying the ground rules for possible legal pot shops in
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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"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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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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Edmonton moved to close loopholes in the zoning bylaw Tuesday to
ensure marijuanasales can't happen in corner stores and residential
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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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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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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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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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.
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