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1CN SN: Coach Jones Taking Wait-And-See Approach On Carter's PotThu, 15 Feb 2018
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:McCormick, Murray Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:02/20/2018

Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach and general manager Chris Jones remains "disappointed" in Duron Carter.

Carter faces charges for marijuana possession in Winnipeg and Saskatoon.

"I was really disappointed because I had just come off the heels of going down to Florida and spending good quality time with him and his mom,'' Jones said Wednesday from his home in South Pittsburg, Tenn.

"It's like when a family member or a close friend gets into a situation like that. I'm really disappointed because I thought we were a bit beyond that thing. It's something that we'll wait and see what the legal process goes through and what the authorities say. Then we'll have more of a comment on exactly what happens with Duron.''

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2 CN ON: OPED: Demand Will Set Pot Price As Fair, And Likely LowerThu, 15 Feb 2018
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Taylor, Peter Shawn Area:Ontario Lines:129 Added:02/20/2018

You save by buying bulk - and this law of shopping logic holds for illegal as well as legal products. Which means someone in Cambridge is either a very sharp negotiator, or a pot-smoking liarÂ…

As part of the institutional preparation for the legalization of marijuana, Statistics Canada is currently collecting reams of data on the pot economy.

This is necessary to ensure the reliability of national accounts when legal weed becomes a reality, as sales will otherwise show up as a huge, immediate spike in consumer purchases.

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3 Canada: Sun Life To Add Medical-Marijuana CoverageThu, 15 Feb 2018
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:O'Hara, Clare Area:Canada Lines:124 Added:02/20/2018

Company is gearing up to include medicinal cannabis under extended health-care benefit plans, helping offset costs for users

Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada will become the first major insurance company to add medical marijuana to its group benefits plans for Canadian companies, a pivotal move in the insurance industry that will help ease the financial burden for medical marijuana users, and a sign of the growing acceptance of cannabis in the Canadian workplace.

As of March 1, Sun Life will include medical cannabis as optional coverage under an extended health-care benefit plan. Sun Life, which administers group benefits plans for more than 22,000 Canadian companies, oversees health and dental coverage for more than five million Canadians - including dependents.

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4CN AB: Guideline Calls On Doctors To Rethink Pot PrescriptionsFri, 16 Feb 2018
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Derworiz, Colette Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/20/2018

A new medical guideline suggests family doctors should think twice before prescribing medical marijuana to their patients.

The Simplified Guideline for Prescribing Medical Cannabinoids in Primary Care, published Thursday in the medical journal Canadian Family Physician, says there is limited evidence to support the reported benefits of medical marijuana for many conditions.

It adds that any benefit could be balanced, or even outweighed, by the potential harm.

"While enthusiasm for medical marijuana is very strong among some people, good, quality research has not caught up," project leader Mike Allan, director of evidence-based medicine at the University of Alberta, said in a news release.

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5 CN AB: Stirring Pot In CalgaryFri, 16 Feb 2018
Source:Metro (Calgary, CN AB) Author:Pike, Helen Area:Alberta Lines:67 Added:02/20/2018

Survey suggests renters more likely to smoke marijuana

An advocacy group for renters say a city survey is needlessly pitting homeowners and landlords against a vulnerable community.

This week, the City of Calgary put out their citizen cannabis survey, which included data about how Calgarians feel about impending legalization along with some pointed policy questions to help the city as they draft new rules for weed.

The survey found that renters are more likely to currently smoke marijuana at 32 per cent when compared to 12 per cent homeowners reporting they currently puff. When it comes to home growing, the city found that of those who were likely to grow marijuana plants inside their home 68 per cent of those were living in rented town homes or apartments. In Calgary particularly, the term renter has become a dirty word - especially when it comes to the politics of putting in secondary suites. The divisive term is often in the middle of council discussions.

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6 Canada: Guidelines Call On Doctors To Limit Pot ApprovalsFri, 16 Feb 2018
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:Canada Lines:89 Added:02/20/2018

New medical cannabis guidelines for family doctors stress that they should authorize marijuana for only a small fraction of patients because many of its reported benefits have not been proved by rigorous clinical trials.

The guidelines, published Thursday in the Canadian Family Physician journal, warn that the number of randomized studies backing up the use of cannabis to fight various ailments is "extremely limited or entirely absent." The scientific evidence dictates that doctors should recommend the drug only when treating a handful of very specific medical conditions such as: chronic nerve pain, palliative cancer pain, muscle stiffness associated with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injuries and the nausea and vomiting brought on by chemotherapy, according to Mike Allan, a professor of medicine at the University of Alberta and project lead for the guidelines.

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7 Canada: Ottawa Still Not Ready To Launch Marijuana LegalizationFri, 16 Feb 2018
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Leblanc, Daniel Area:Canada Lines:106 Added:02/20/2018

With target date pushed back twice, government spokesman says there is no need to impose time allocation in the Senate to speed up process

Ottawa is acknowledging for the first time that legal recreational marijuana will not be for sale until August or September.

The federal government initially promised to legalize cannabis before July 1, before giving itself until the end of July. Bill C-45 makes it clear that cannabis will become legal at a date set by cabinet, not when the legislation passes.

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8 Canada: Senate To Vote On Marijuana Bill June 7Fri, 16 Feb 2018
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Bryden, Joann Area:Canada Lines:96 Added:02/20/2018

Late decision will push back legal sales of weed until August or even Labour Day

OTTAWA- Canadians will have to wait until at least early August - and maybe as late as early September - to legally purchase recreational marijuana.

That's the bottom line now that senators have struck a deal to hold a final vote by June 7 on the legislation that will usher in the legal cannabis regime.

As recently as last week, the Trudeau government was insisting it was on track for legalization in July. But given the Senate timetable, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor conceded Thursday that's not going to happen.

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9 CN BC: PUB LTE: Cannabis Compassion Club Confident Of Legal WinFri, 16 Feb 2018
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:McMillan, Philip Area:British Columbia Lines:48 Added:02/20/2018

Re: "Cannabis: City asks for public feedback" in the Feb. 7 issue of the Nelson Star.

I want to voice my disappointment with this article.

We don't have a municipal business licence, but the Nelson Cannabis Compassion Club isn't a for-profit business. Since March, 2000 we have been licensed by the province as a non-profit organization, incorporated under the Societies Act. The licensing and regulating of which is the jurisdiction of the province.

Also in the Feb. 7th 2018 issue Pam Mierau says, "Our assumption is they (medical dispensaries) will be treated like anybody else who is looking to set up a retail store here, and they'll have to go through the same process , and they won't have any advantage over anyone else." "But we're not sure." Well, she shouldn't be sure as there is a major difference between a recreational user of cannabis and a medical user. It's called the Chart of Rights and Freedoms. Recreational users don't have charter protections and medical users do. Even the provincial government realizes this. If you look at their announcements around the retail sales of recreational cannabis they use the same term "non-medicinal cannabis" over and over again.

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10 CN BC: LTE: Pot Records Should StayThu, 15 Feb 2018
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Slade, Brian Area:British Columbia Lines:24 Added:02/20/2018

Why are people expecting to have marijuana-conviction charges removed from their records and/or expecting compensation for any prison time they may have served? They knowingly broke the law at the time.

I don't think any of them would be admitting to their habit if the government were announcing that they were going to criminalize it. Compensating people for breaking the law would be a waste of taxpayers' money.

Brian Slade, Pitt Meadows

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11 CN AB: Focus Put On Education As Marijuana Legalization LoomsThu, 15 Feb 2018
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Slade, Gillian Area:Alberta Lines:71 Added:02/20/2018

Public awareness of possible harm from marijuana use will be part of a public campaign in the coming days as July approaches when the federal government will legalize the use of the drug.

"We will have a public education campaign around the legalization of cannabis," a spokesperson for the Alberta Cannabis Secretariat said in an email. "However, the details of public education coming from the federal government have not yet been finalized."

Federal government details are necessary first in order to ensure there are no duplicated efforts at the provincial level.

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12 Canada: OPED: The Strange Language Of CannabisSat, 10 Feb 2018
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Robertson, Kate Area:Canada Lines:155 Added:02/15/2018

If, five years ago, someone had asked me how I felt about cannabis, I'd assume they were a cop. Even the term "marijuana" - a word believed to be brought to the United States by Mexican migrant workers before the Prohibition era, which was later used to promote racist anti-pot messaging - was a red flag to discreet and casual users such as myself.

Weed, cheeba, ganja, sticky-icky, dank nugs - terms the community has appropriated from Rastafarians, West Coast hippies, rappers and Indian yogis: These are the words that would have communicated familiarity and, therefore, acceptance of the habit. But what do you call it now that Canada has developed a sophisticated legal medical program and is close to passing its recreational cannabis legislation? Well, from black-market producers to young workers in illegal dispensaries to the burgeoning, optimistic legal industry: We've all agreed to say cannabis.

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13 CN ON: Editorial: Push Pot Bill Through SenateSat, 10 Feb 2018
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:81 Added:02/15/2018

The ongoing effort in the Senate to derail the passage of the Liberal government's bill to legalize marijuana is not an exercise in sober second thought, as its Conservative proponents claim, but an attempt to obstruct democracy. The Trudeau government should use the tools at its disposal to push this important legislation through the Upper House.

Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, and C-46, which would tighten rules on impaired driving related to marijuana use, have been before the Senate since the Commons passed them in late November. And they may languish there forever if the government does not invoke so-called time allocation, a tool for curtailing debate that the Liberals have largely eschewed.

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14 CN ON: OPED: Prevention Needs To Be Key In Fighting Drug AbuseSat, 10 Feb 2018
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Pancer, Mark Area:Ontario Lines:99 Added:02/15/2018

Fentanyl. The drug is one that most people never even heard of until a few years ago. Now it strikes fear into the hearts of public health officials, youth workers, parents and others. A few grains of fentanyl, often mixed with another recreational drug without the user's knowledge, can cause death within minutes. It has caused thousands of overdose deaths in Canada and tens of thousands in the U.S., and those numbers are rising rapidly.

How have we dealt with this crisis? The primary strategy has been to supply naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of fentanyl, as widely as possible to police officers, health care providers and others who are likely to encounter people who have overdosed. The use of naloxone is a "harm reduction strategy", intended to reduce the negative consequences of using fentanyl, and it has saved many lives. But it is not enough. Overdose deaths from fentanyl continue to increase even after widespread distribution of naloxone kits. We desperately need another strategy. But what kind of strategy would work?

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15US FL: Medical Marijuana May Be Legal, But Patients Still Go WithoutSat, 10 Feb 2018
Source:Tampa Tribune (FL) Author:Koh, Elizabeth Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:02/15/2018

Seth and Danielle Hyman with their daughter Rebecca 8, of Weston, are seeking to have a strain of marijuana legalized to help prevent seizures in their daughter, Rebecca, in 2014. Despite the legalization of medical marijuana, Seth Hyman said the drug is still difficult to get for is daughter. [Miami Herald]

When Seth Hyman first began to buy medical marijuana in Florida for his 12-year-old daughter last year, he hoped it would be the answer to fixing her life-threatening seizures.

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16 US HI: Hawaii Cannabis Expo Vendors Capitalize On Budding PotSat, 10 Feb 2018
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Consillio, Kristen Area:Hawaii Lines:115 Added:02/15/2018

Hydroponic systems to grow your own pot, an on-site bud trimming school and hand-blown glass pipe demonstrations are among the mix of exhibitors at this weekend's Hawaii Cannabis Expo.

Drew Gennuso, owner of Trim Ready Hawaii, showed Ari Medina how to trim legal hemp, which looks like cannabis, Friday at the Hawaii Cannabis Expo at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.

Hydroponic systems to grow your own pot, an on-site bud trimming school and hand-blown glass pipe demonstrations are among the mix of exhibitors at this weekend's Hawaii Cannabis Expo.

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17 CN MB: More, Cheaper Meth On City StreetsFri, 09 Feb 2018
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Thorpe, Ryan Area:Manitoba Lines:145 Added:02/14/2018

Police seize 5.8 kg in January - half of what was seized in 2017

MAKE no mistake: Winnipeg has a meth problem.

That's the message city police drove home Thursday at a lengthy news conference, painting a dark picture of a city in the grips of a methamphetamine epidemic and the strain placed on front-line services that are trying to contain the street drug.

"The emergence of methamphetamine that we're experiencing in our community is getting to the level where it's starting to keep me awake at night," Winnipeg Police Service Chief Danny Smyth said.

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18 CN ON: Column: It Wasn't The Positive Test It Was The HairFri, 09 Feb 2018
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Milton, Steve Area:Ontario Lines:135 Added:02/14/2018

Twenty years ago this Sunday, when Ross Rebagliati was told he had tested positive for a banned substance, he didn't have to ask which one.

It was THC, an active ingredient in marijuana, and it was going to cost him the first Olympic gold medal ever awarded in snowboarding.

Three decades later, Rebagliati still has his gold medal, Canada is five months away from fully legalized weed sales, Rebagliati owns his own major medicinal cannabis supply company (the pun-ish Ross' Gold), and snowboarding is a lot more mainstream.

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19 CN BC: City Of Surrey Ponders Its Pot PlanFri, 09 Feb 2018
Source:Now, The (Surrey, CN BC) Author:Zytaruk, Tom Area:British Columbia Lines:101 Added:02/14/2018

Surrey mulls over 'missteps' from U.S. cities that have legalized marijuana

Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner says the city has developed a "balanced, appropriate and evidence-based approach" in preparing for the expected passing of the Trudeau government's Bill C45 Cannabis Act this coming July.

"Like all governments, the City of Surrey must determine the changes needed to ensure an effective response to cannabis legalization," Hepner said. "Our report was prepared following a comprehensive review of best practices in jurisdictions of the United States with legal recreational cannabis markets. Council and I have directed staff to implement the necessary steps outlined in the framework over the coming months."

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20CN BC: Tofino Mulls Restrictions On Pot Shop LocationsSat, 10 Feb 2018
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:DeRosa, Katie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/14/2018

Town wants 'cautious' approach; hearing on Tuesday

With cannabis legalization just months away, the District of Tofino is considering a bylaw that would heavily restrict where pot shops can operate in the community.

A public hearing is set for Tuesday. People will be able to weigh in on the proposed bylaw, which would "prohibit the use of any land, building or structure for the sale, production or distribution of cannabis," according to a notice of public hearing on the district's website.

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