Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach and general manager Chris Jones
remains "disappointed" in Duron Carter.
Carter faces charges for marijuana possession in Winnipeg and
"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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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 liar
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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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
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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
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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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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Late decision will push back legal sales of weed until August or even
OTTAWA- Canadians will have to wait until at least early August - and
maybe as late as early September - to legally purchase recreational
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
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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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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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
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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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
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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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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
It was THC, an active ingredient in marijuana, and it was going to
cost him the first Olympic gold medal ever awarded in
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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Surrey mulls over 'missteps' from U.S. cities that have legalized
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
"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
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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
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Marijuana legalization for someone my age is somewhat difficult to
As a teenager growing up in the early 1970s in Cape Breton, I strayed
off the approved path (like thousands of my peers across our beautiful
island and millions more across our country) and smoked marijuana.
At the time it was a serious criminal offence and government officials
made it a priority to do everything possible to eliminate its usage as
they believed the drug was poisoning the minds of our youth across the
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Berkeley may be the first city to declare itself a cannabis sanctuary
city. A customer shops at marijuana dispensary MedMen in West
Hollywood in January. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)
The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously to declare the city a
sanctuary for recreational marijuana, a move that may be the first of
The resolution, adopted Tuesday, prohibits Berkeley's agencies and
employees from using city resources to assist in enforcing federal
marijuana laws or providing information on legal cannabis activities.
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In an interview with The Citizen last April during the 2017 provincial
election, NDP leader John Horgan admitted that government and
politicians are behind public sentiment when it comes to marijuana.
Knowing it and saying it is one thing but Horgan, now the premier,
still seems reluctant to act on it, based on the additional details on
a provincial pot policy the NDP government announced Monday that will
take effect once marijuana is legalized later this year.
"Some may think that this work will end in July when non-medical
cannabis is legalized by the federal government," Public Safety
Minister Mike Farnworth said. "But the truth is our government will be
dealing with this significant change in policy for years to come."
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The federal government is threatening to force a vote in the Senate to
speed up the adoption of the marijuana-legalization bill, stating
industry and governments need a clear timeline to a legal-cannabis
This government has never imposed time allocation in the Senate, but
it says it will have no choice if Conservative senators use procedural
tricks to delay the legislation.
In a speech on Tuesday, the government's representative in the Senate,
Peter Harder, said he wants a vote to send Bill C-45 to committee
before the start of a two week break on March 1. He said that if he
does not obtain all-party support for his proposal, he will move a
motion to force a vote.
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OTTAWA - The federal government is moving to ensure the Senate doesn't
hold up its plans to legalize recreational marijuana in July.
The government's representative in the upper house, Sen. Peter Harder,
served notice Tuesday that he wants second reading debate on Bill C-45
wrapped up by March 1, after which it would go to committee for
detailed examination before returning to the chamber for a final
debate and vote.
If the various Senate factions won't agree to that timetable, Harder
warned he will move a motion to impose time allocation to cut off
debate - the first time he's threatened to resort to that tactic since
taking on the role of government representative two years ago.
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Vancouver won't grant pot-shop licences to people with ties to illegal
drugs, but critics urge reconsideration
Rocco Dipopolo is an entrepreneur juggling three businesses - a tattoo
parlour, a gym and a boxing clinic - in East Vancouver, an area of
hipster coffee shops and chic duplexes that the 46-year-old remembers
as gritty during his delinquent adolescence.
Until recently, he also owned an illegal cannabis dispensary in the
city's trendy Commercial Drive neighbourhood. He had to step away from
that venture in order for it to secure a coveted business licence from
the City of Vancouver.
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Broward County Schools are hashing out plans for dealing with medical
marijuana on campus.
Under a proposed policy, students wouldn't be allowed to carry pot and
it could not be stored on campus. But a student's parent or caregiver
could bring it to school and administer it if the child has the proper
School staff would be not be allowed to handle it.
Pot use has long been banned on school campuses, but Florida voters
legalized it for medical purposes in 2016. The state Legislature last
year required schools to come up with a policy on dealing with it.
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