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1 CN MB: OPED: Province Should Control Marijuana SalesMon, 19 Jun 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Bird, Malcolm G. Area:Manitoba Lines:136 Added:06/21/2017

THE Trudeau government is set on legalizing marijuana by the summer of 2018. While they will enjoy the political payoff of appearing progressive on this matter, all of the associated problems and the logistics of doing so will fall on the shoulders of the provincial governments and their civic counterparts.

I suggest the Manitoba provincial government draw lessons from the last time an illegal substance was legalized following Prohibition in the late 1920s, as well as from the current public health efforts to eliminate tobacco use in Canada as a means to guide their policy on marijuana.

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2 CN ON: Smoking Out StrategiesFri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:123 Added:06/19/2017

Some provinces already moving ahead with legal pot plans

Several provinces are plowing full steam ahead with plans to ask the public how they should manage the introduction of legal recreational pot in Canada. But Ontario, it seems, isn't one of them.

Or, if there are plans, the province's "Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat" is not ready to share them. Secretariat officials have been holding private meetings and promise to "engage with the public" later.

The lack of information is surprising, says Jeffrey Lizotte, chief executive of NextWave Brands, a cannabis lobbying and consulting firm.

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3CN ON: Province's Pot Strategy Wrapped In PlatitudesFri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

Legislation is only a year away, but public not yet being consulted

Several provinces are plowing full-steam ahead with plans to ask the public how they should manage the introduction of legal recreational pot in Canada. But Ontario, it seems, isn't one of them.

Or, if there are plans, the province's "Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat" is not ready to share them yet. Secretariat officials have been holding private meetings and promise to "engage with the public" later.

The lack of information is surprising, says Jeffrey Lizotte, the CEO of NextWave Brands, a cannabis lobbying and consulting firm.

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4 CN ON: OPSEU Workers Will Be Covered For Medical PotSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Jeffords, Shawn Area:Ontario Lines:44 Added:06/19/2017

Where there's smoke, there's a benefits claim.

Turns out that's the case with a new Ontario Public Sector Employees Union policy that will see its members covered for medical marijuana.

The new policy, announced Friday by OPSEU president Warren "Smokey" Thomas, will see union employees who have a doctor's prescription reimbursed for a valid medical marijuana prescription.

"There are benefits to medical cannabis," Thomas said. "We've been working with the (insurance) carrier that we have, SSQ, and it took a bit... so for certain illnesses it's a hell of a lot better than every day drugs."

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5 Canada: Demystifying A Instead Of Decrying A Drugs For TeensSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:Canada Lines:169 Added:06/19/2017

Educating teenagers about the safety of recreational drug use is an age-old conundrum for Canada, one at the forefront as the country pushes ahead with legalizing marijuana by next year

The ad shows four pretty young women laughing as their convertible rips past the picturesque Rockies on a warm sunny day, the driver - eyes narrowed slightly - joyfully passing a doobie to her friend.

In the next one, a hip young guy with high-top dreadlocks pinches a smouldering joint (backwards) in one hand and adjusts the car stereo with his other as his date leaves her house and approaches in a red party dress.

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6 CN ON: Legalizing Cannabis Could Reduce Opioid Use: ExpertsThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Kirkup, Kristy Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:06/19/2017

Research suggests a safer alternative to powerful painkillers

OTTAWA - Leading medical experts say legalizing cannabis may offer new hope to one day reduce the use of opioids -powerful drugs frequently prescribed for the treatment of pain.

Dr. Mark Ware, a globally-recognized researcher and the vice-chair of the federal government's task force on legalizing marijuana, said a legal framework for cannabis will help to facilitate further research.

He said published scientific research already suggests cannabinoid molecules interact with the brain in a way that has an important "synergy" with how opioids interact with receptors in the body.

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7 CN BC: Editorial: Making P.G. Pot CentralThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Godbout, Neil Area:British Columbia Lines:108 Added:06/19/2017

Five hundred years ago, back when Scotch was just whisky, almost everybody in Scotland could make and sell it. It was only 200 years ago, when the government started taxing sales, allowed the licensed distilleries to grow and shut down the bootleggers that Scotch started to become a thing. Today, of course, whisky is made around the world but only whisky from Scotland is allowed to call itself Scotch.

The similarities between whisky in Scotland in the 18th and 19th centuries and marijuana in Prince George in 2017 are many. The residents of a somewhat isolated northern region that's not too far from major cities are heavy producers and consumers of a beloved intoxicant. The government decides to legalize the product, partly to recognize the will of the people, but mostly to turn it into a lucrative tax revenue stream.

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8CN AB: OPED: Let's Keep Legalized Cannabis Profits At HomeThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Mooij, Jeff Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

Stand-alone stores can lower prices while creating jobs, says Jeff Mooij.

The Alberta government has wisely begun a broad consultation process so the public can provide their input on the upcoming legalization of cannabis.

As both the provinces and the federal government attempt to implement new laws and regulations across the country, Alberta has the opportunity to get it right and become a leader in the safe, informed and responsible recreational consumption of cannabis.

Alberta can build from the strengths and avoid the pitfalls experienced by other jurisdictions that have already legalized recreational use. It was encouraging to see both Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley and Finance Minister Joe Ceci visit Denver to learn from their processes.

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9 CN ON: Pot Shops Still A BotherWed, 14 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Jeffords, Shawn Area:Ontario Lines:46 Added:06/19/2017

Mayor John Tory says his office continues to deal with near-daily complaints about marijuana dispensaries across the city, but shied away from calling for police to swoop down on the pot shops.

Tory said Tuesday that he would support additional police and municipal bylaw enforcement when it comes to dispensaries which have sprung up around the city since the Trudeau government announced it would legalize marijuana.

While a supporter of legalization, Tory said he does not support weed shops as they disrupt "stable neighbourhoods" and sell an illegal drug.

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10 CN NS: Editorial: More Concerns, Few AnswersWed, 14 Jun 2017
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:79 Added:06/19/2017

Many have noted the federal government's vision on recreational marijuana regulations remains notably blurry. With legalization anticipated about a year from now, the questions continue, as do recommendations about where to draw certain lines.

The legal age to possess and partake is right up there among concerns. To that end, the New Brunswick Medical Society has weighed in this week, saying the bar should be set at 21. They add that the legal age for tobacco purchase and consumption should also be 21.

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11Canada: 'Godfather Of Canadian Weed' Digs Out From Sticky SituationMon, 12 Jun 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Freeman, Sunny Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:06/16/2017

Private Placement Rejigged Over Conflict of Interest

Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp.'s chief executive and marijuana industry pioneer Chuck Rifici admits the intricacies of large private placement deals are not his forte.

But he trusts the Vancouver-based company's team of legal and banking experts would have flagged any conflict of interest in the controversial $80-million private placement cancelled last Monday amid questions about the personal stakes taken in the deal by some of those very same advisers.

"As an entrepreneur, I rely on the professionals around me and this issue was not raised as an issue going into our financing as something that would preclude our deal," he said in an interview. "What was disclosed was vetted by lawyers for both underwriters and Cannabis Wheaton. If (conflict of interest) was the case, I would suspect that our disclosure would have been different."

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12CN AB: Medical Pot A Growing Issue Among WorkplacesMon, 12 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Kent, Gordon Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/16/2017

An estimated 500,000 Canadians will be using drug for health reasons by 2024

Apprentice ironworker Johnathan Dickson says his union wouldn't send him out to construction jobs last year while he was using medical marijuana.

While an official with Ironworkers local 720 maintains the situation is far more complicated than that, Dickson's case illustrates some of the workplace issues - mainly involving safety - related to the growing Canadian consumption of prescription pot.

"In talking with our clients, (medical cannabis) is an issue that's coming up more and more," says Cristina Wendel, an Edmonton employment and labour lawyer at Dentons, who cited estimates that 500,000 Canadians will be using the drug for health reasons by 2024.

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13 CN AB: Weed In The WorkplaceMon, 12 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Kent, Gordon Area:Alberta Lines:123 Added:06/16/2017

Increasing popularity of prescription pot highlights a growing issue for employers

Apprentice ironworker Johnathan Dickson says his union wouldn't send him out to construction jobs last year while he was using medical marijuana.

While an official with Ironworkers local 720 maintains the situation is far more complicated than that, Dickson's case illustrates some of the workplace issues - mainly involving safety - related to the growing Canadian consumption of prescription pot.

Growing issue

"In talking with our clients, (medical cannabis) is an issue that's coming up more and more," says Cristina Wendel, an Edmonton employment and labour lawyer at Dentons, who cited estimates that 500,000 Canadians will be using the drug for health reasons by 2024.

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14 CN BC: Pot Shop Rules Yield Mixed ResultsMon, 12 Jun 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Li, Wanyee Area:British Columbia Lines:92 Added:06/16/2017

One dispensary owner says licensing process is too strict

It's been almost two years since Vancouver city councillors adopted new pot-shop regulations, but after dishing out more than 1,600 tickets, the city is still dealing with 57 marijuana retail businesses that are not abiding by the rules.

That doesn't include the 38 dispensaries or compassion clubs that don't have licences but are exempted from ticketing because they say they are going to put an application together, said Kathryn Holm, head of licensing at the City of Vancouver.

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15 CN ON: Non-Med Pot Restrictions SoughtTue, 13 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Artuso, Antonella Area:Ontario Lines:68 Added:06/16/2017

Recreational marijuana should be treated like tobacco in public places and alcohol in motor vehicles, the City of Toronto health board recommends.

In a wide-ranging report that will go to Toronto Council, board members asked that non-medical cannabis be sold by a provincial-controlled agency - but not with alcohol - and that the minimum age for purchase be set at 19.

Pot use should be banned where regular tobacco smoking is not permitted, and - like drinking alcohol - prohibited in vehicles, the board decided.

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16 CN ON: Editorial: Decriminalize ImmediatelyFri, 09 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:06/14/2017

Pot smokers are not known for getting things done in a hurry, but legislators seeking to revamp our marijuana laws shouldn't follow their lead.

In fact the federal government should hurry up and decriminalize possession of recreational marijuana immediately.

The Liberal government plans to legalize, regulate and restrict cannabis by July 2018. The promise was part of the election platform that propelled the party to a majority government.

The current laws are not working - and a strong majority of Canadians support legalization. Too many people are ending up with minor criminal records, leaving the court system clogged and futures blighted. Young people are especially vulnerable.

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17 CN BC: Comox Valley RCMP Shut Down Athadawoosh Dispensary ThursdayTue, 13 Jun 2017
Source:Comox Valley Record (CN BC) Author:Haluschak, Erin Area:British Columbia Lines:65 Added:06/14/2017

A marijuana dispensary located on the K'omoks First Nation was shut down by police Thursday, resulting in two arrests and seizure of drugs and cash.

Cpl. Tammy Douglas of the RCMP Island District said in an email officers from the Comox Valley RCMP Drug Section confirmed the presence of marijuana and several derivatives in the storefront at the Athadawoosh Dispensary located on Comox Road after receiving information that drugs were being illegally trafficked out of that location.

Two individuals were arrested at the scene and later released, she added.

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18 CN NF: PUB LTE: Wrong Prescription For The Cannabis ActThu, 08 Jun 2017
Source:Advertiser (CN NF) Author:Fleming, Sean Area:Newfoundland Lines:83 Added:06/13/2017

On May 29, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published an editorial written by its editor-in-chief, Dr. Diane Kelsall, titled "Cannabis legislation fails to protect Canada's youth."

Dr. Kelsall takes issue with three aspects of Bill C-45, the federal government's Cannabis Act. She argues that the minimum age for buying and consuming cannabis should be 21 instead of 18, with limits on the potency of cannabis for people under 25; that home cultivation should be prohibited; and that the federal government should set national regulations for distribution and retail. These well-intentioned suggestions are misguided and potentially harmful.

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19Canada: Legalized Marijuana Concerns EmployersThu, 08 Jun 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Freeman, Sunny Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:06/13/2017

Legal wrangling looms, labour counsel predicts

A number of employers have expressed "grave concerns" about potential spillover effects of legal marijuana in the workplace, a labour lawyer said at a panel for employers on cannabis use Wednesday.

"There are a lot of employers across the country who are saying this is going to be a groundswell of change in the way employees conduct themselves in the workplace," Darryl Hiscocks of Torys LLP advised a room of employers curious about the impact of marijuana legalization expected a year from now.

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20 CN ON: City To Ban Pot Shops A For NowThu, 08 Jun 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Ball, Vincent Area:Ontario Lines:105 Added:06/13/2017

Zoning bylaw amendments to prohibit retail outlets until marijuana legalized

City councillors are putting in place a temporary prohibition on pot stores.

On Tuesday night, councillors voted unanimously in favour of zoning bylaw amendments that prohibit cannabis (marijuana) retail outlets in the city. The amendments also apply to county land that has come under the jurisdiction of the city as a result of the Jan. 1 Brantford-Brant County land deal.

The decision will come before council for final approval on June 27. The measures will remain in place until federal and provincial legislation is developed following the expected legalization of marijuana in 2018.

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