The legalization of pot may be looming but that doesn't mean police
are backing off their crackdown on the "grey" marijuana market.
Most recently, RCMP in Colchester County raided the Community
Compassion Centre in Bible Hill. They seized cash, marijuana,
marijuana derivatives and drug paraphernalia, and charged Ricky Joseph
Leclerc, 51, of Upper Kennetcook.
He's scheduled to appear in Nova Scotia provincial court
"The RCMP will continue to work within the existing legislation under
the Controlled Drug and Substances Act," RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dal
Hutchinson said Monday in an email. "If we determine that there is a
violation of the legislation, we will take appropriate action."
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The local public health agency says smoking marijuana should be banned
in multi-unit buildings, including balconies
The local health unit is throwing its support behind the City of
Ottawa's public health agency after they called for a ban on smoking
marijuana inside multi-unit residential buildings - including on balconies.
Last week, Ottawa's acting medical officer of health recommended the
Ontario government extend its proposed ban on pot smoking in common
areas of condos, apartment buildings and university residences, hotels
and their balconies.
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Near the historic native village of Kitwancool in northern B.C., the
hereditary chief of the Gitanyow frog clan has his eye on an old
logging site that could be the perfect place to grow a new cash crop.
"It's already serviced with a power supply," said Will Marsden. "We
see an opportunity for our people to be employed in sustainable jobs
in our traditional territories."
Those jobs would be in the legal marijuana trade, coming soon to
British Columbia and the rest of Canada.
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There's no buzzkill like bureaucracy. A new proposal by Ottawa Public
Health to ban marijuana - once it's legal - from condos and
apartments, seems like overreach to us.
As the Sun's Andrew Duffy reports today, Ottawa's acting medical
officer of health has recommended that the province extend its
proposed ban on pot smoking in common areas of condos, apartment
buildings and university residences. Dr. Vera Etches said the province
should prohibit smoking cannabis, e-liquids and herbal shisha products
in condos, apartment buildings, university residences, hotels and
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Proposed ban on balcony marijuana smoking ignites debate
Should condo owners and tenants be allowed to smoke pot in their homes
and on their balconies?
Ottawa Public Health's newly released position paper has ignited
debate on those questions, and set the scene for a confrontation
between pot smokers who want to exercise their hard-won right to use
legal weed later this year, and non-smokers who want to be protected
from the effects of second-hand smoke.
Shery Dia, a writer and University of Ottawa student, supports the
health unit's call for a strict smoking ban inside multi-unit
buildings. She plans to move from her current apartment because of the
persistent incursion of pot smoke into her fifth-floor unit of a
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Studies show legal cannabis can boost values
As Canada moves closer to legalizing the recreational use of
marijuana, many are speculating on how the decision will affect
society and the economy. While some are concerned about health and
safety effects, others are optimistic about potential new tax revenues
and the prospect of bringing the sale and distribution of marijuana
out of the criminal sphere.
One area that few are talking about, however, is how legal marijuana
will affect residential property markets.
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Health units and municipalities facing more costs, medical officer
The Quinte region's board of health is asking Ontario for a share of
the coming tax revenue from cannabis sales in order to fight expected
"We want some of the tax money because there's going to be costs to
public health and to municipalities," said Dr. Ian Gemmill, the acting
medical officer of health for Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.
Revenue from the taxation of legal cannabis sales, which are to begin
in July, is to be split with provinces and territories, with the
federal government retaining 25 per cent to a maximum federal revenue
of $ 100 million.
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With legal recreational marijuana in the wings, Lethbridge remains
divided on its use.
The latest survey of city residents shows an even 50-50 split when
asked if they support legalization. But support is up from 43.9 per
cent in 2016 and 46.6 per cent last year, as reported by the Citizen
Society Research Lab at Lethbridge College.
On several other oncecontroversial issues, however, there's less
disagreement. Lethbridge residents continue to agree largely with
same-gender marriage (77.3 per cent), doctorassisted death (79.5 per
cent) and a woman's right to abortion (81.7 per cent).
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Major alcohol companies will likely see sales squeezed by legal
cannabis in the coming years, according to Wall Street research firm
"Due to shared usage occasions, we view the legalization of cannabis
as a threat to alcohol industry consumption growth," wrote CFRA
analyst Joe Agnese, who covers the food and beverage and tobacco
industries, in a note published Monday.
Agnese cites Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV, The Boston Beer Company and
Brown-Forman Corp., best known for Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey, as
companies that could see a decline in product consumption.
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Critics fear it will force more to light up indoors
MONTREAL * A Montreal suburb's plan to ban all smoking in public
places is drawing mixed reactions, with one anti-tobacco advocate
saying it will do more harm than good when it comes to second-hand
Hampstead city council adopted a draft bylaw this week that would
prohibit tobacco or marijuana smoking on municipal property, including
sidewalks and streets.
If the bylaw is enacted, Hampstead would become the first municipality
in the country to ban smoking in the street, according to the Canadian
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To the editor,
Bootleggers in Pictou County sell beer at double the price because of
all the risks involved. Marijuana is mostly supplied by organized
crime. These people face all the risks of the bootlegger and more.
There have been murders, kidnappings, torture, etc., all in the quest
for control of the marijuana trade.
Is it any wonder why their prices are so high? The reasons they risk
life and limb is that the profits are astronomical.
Marijuana is one of the cheapest, easiest and maintenance-free plants
to grow. Can someone please explain how the government-sanctioned
marijuana distributors came up with such exorbitant prices when their
entire operation is "risk free." Marijuana on the street is the very
same marijuana that the government distributors sell but their prices
don't reflect this.
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To see how the NSLC's marijuana distribution will be a disaster take a
tour of Halifax's "medical" marijuana dispensaries. There are a dozen,
or more, at least. They all have lines, seven days a week, from open
to close. Their inventory (marijuana) is sourced in the industrial
black-market production infrastructure in BC which is vast, efficient
and already produces a variety of products (in-demand strains of
marijuana) and product formats (oils, vape cartridges, topicals,
Many people don't fully understand that these dispensaries are
actually all illegal and will be shut down upon legalization.
Currently, the only legal way to purchase medical marijuanais through
the mail from a licensed producer.
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Cannabis Culture, a former pot shop on Bank Street, lost a court bid
to have its eviction overturned.
Justice Michelle O'Bonsawin ruled the landlord was justified in
terminating the lease because the dispensary was operating in
contravention of both its rental lease and federal law.
The landlord posted an eviction notice on the door of the illegal
dispensary in December and called a bailiff to change the locks.
Cannabis Culture appealed to the Superior Court of Justice to
reinstate the lease so it could continue to operate.
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Canadians are paying just under $7 a gram for marijuana, on average,
according to new data crowdsourced by Statistics Canada.
Between Jan 25 and Feb 28, StatCan received 17,139 voluntary reports,
submitted online, on how much people paid for cannabis. The data,
released Friday, found the national average price for a gram of
cannabis was $6.83, although price ranged widely depending on
location, quantity purchased and use.
Cannabis was reportedly cheapest in Quebec, coming in at $5.88 a gram
on average. It was most expensive in the Northwest Territories, where
people reported paying an average of $11.46 a gram. In most other
provinces, people paid slightly more than the national average, mostly
in the $7 range. Only in Quebec and New Brunswick were cannabis users
paying less than the national average.
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Pot still considered taboo during workdays
The late, great George Carlin apparently once joked that the 1960s-era
crackdown on the business man's "three-martini lunch" shouldn't affect
the working stiff's "two-joint coffee break."
But will the latter be frowned upon in the workplace if pot becomes
legal - as expected - in Canada later this year?
There is stigma that still exists," says leading Canadian cannabis
activist Jodie Emery.
"Now it depends though, of course, where you work. In a modern city
like Toronto or Vancouver, you could probably have more progressive
attitudes towards that in workplaces but definitely in smaller towns
and more conservative jurisdictions, you would have push back."
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Back off, bud.
The City of North Vancouver is aiming to slam the lid on the host of
unlicensed pot shops that have operated with seeming impunity in
recent years following Monday's council meeting.
The crackdown, which involves civil court injunctions, is meant to
give the city enough time to draft its own regulations about where and
how marijuana dispensaries can operate within city limits.
"I do believe that it should be legalized but it needs to be
regulated," explained Mayor Darrell Mussatto. "This enforcement action
here is allowing us some time so that we can put in these regulations
before it actually becomes legalized."
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Lawyer Denis Mahoney outlines a plan for employers surrounding the
legalization of cannabis in Canada
How are employers going to deal with the use of cannabis in the
workplace once it becomes legal later this year?
According to lawyer Denis Mahoney, a partner with Mcinnes Cooper in
St. John's, speaking to delegates at the 50th anniversary conference
of the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association (NLCA) on
Friday, there are many questions that need to be answered first.
"We are really concerned about this at the employers' council because
as I can tell you in our business today, the No. 1 issue we are
working with clients on today, above all else, is this particular
topic," Mahoney said.
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Two women arrested in April after police raided their medical
marijuana dispensary in St. Catharines have been granted a conditional
"I only wish I was able to help more people on the legal route,"
Abbigail Millar, 32, told Judge Tory Colvin in an Ontario Court of
Justice in St. Catharines, Friday.
Millar, together with Angela Millar, 38, were arrested after Niagara
police raided Kronic Inc., a dispensary on Wright Street.
Police seized just under 3,000 grams of marijuana as well as
pre-rolled marijuanacigarettes, marijuana oil capsules and a variety
of marijuana edibles. The also seized more than $4,000 in cash.
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Police are "picking and choosing " when it comes to marijuana
enforcement, says a Whyte Avenue medical cannabis dispensary owner
charged after a bust last month.
The Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement Section (EDGE) executed search
warrants Feb. 2 at two commercial addresses and a residence, turning
up cannabis products with a combined street value estimated by police
Paul Olson, owner of Whyte Cross dispensary, one of the businesses
raided Feb. 2, said it was "a little bit of a surprise" when police
entered his store and seized his products.
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Majority to respond to city's online questionnaire have been for
Two thirds of Medicine Hatters support pot legalization, according to
early results of an online survey that asks how the city should
regulate local marijuana sales, the municipal planning commission
heard on Wednesday.
The same survey, filled out by 4,000 respondents as of Feb. 20, is on
track to garner a larger response than similar surveys in Calgary and
Edmonton. And city officials says the high numbers aren't the result
of the pro-pot community "hijacking" the process to skew the results.
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