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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 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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4 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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5 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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6 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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7 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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8 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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9 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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10US 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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11 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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12 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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13CN 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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14 CN NS: PUB LTE: Marijuana Legalization Seems 'Surreal'Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS) Author:Fraser, Albert 'Lefty' Area:Nova Scotia Lines:52 Added:02/14/2018

Marijuana legalization for someone my age is somewhat difficult to imagine.

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 entire country.

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15 US CA: Berkeley Declares Itself A Sanctuary City For RecreationalWed, 14 Feb 2018
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Parvini, Sarah Area:California Lines:74 Added:02/14/2018

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 its kind.

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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16 CN BC: Column: NDPs Pot Sales Plan Is WeakWed, 14 Feb 2018
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Godbout, Neil Area:British Columbia Lines:111 Added:02/14/2018

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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17 Canada: Ottawa Threatening To Force Vote On Cannabis LegalizationWed, 14 Feb 2018
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Leblanc, Daniel Area:Canada Lines:94 Added:02/14/2018

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 market.

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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18Canada: Government Threatens To Cut Off Senate Debate On Pot AsWed, 14 Feb 2018
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Bryden, Joan Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:02/14/2018

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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19 CN BC: Bringing The Underground Cannabis Trade Into The LightWed, 14 Feb 2018
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:184 Added:02/14/2018

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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20 US FL: Medical Marijuana Is Legal. But How Should Schools Handle It?Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Source:Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Author:Travis, Scott Area:Florida Lines:43 Added:02/13/2018

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 medical approval.

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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