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1 CN AB: High HopesFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Southwick, Reid Area:Alberta Lines:122 Added:11/21/2017

Alberta won't limit the number of private cannabis stores once retail sales are legalized next July, according to new details released Thursday by the NDP government.

The province confirmed that it will look to private retailers to sell legal weed from brick-and-mortar storefronts, instead of government-run outlets chosen by several other provinces, such as Ontario and Quebec.

Online sales in Alberta, however, will be available through a publicly run system, which is meant to ensure residents can tell the difference between legal and illicit retailers on the internet.

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2 CN SN: LTE: Rogue Nations Need Not ApplySat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:McColl, Pamela Area:Saskatchewan Lines:43 Added:11/21/2017

In 2016, the world drug prevention community met at UNGASS in New York to reconfirm their commitment and ratification of the long-standing drug conventions. I was in the General Assembly when the minister of health for the Government of Canada stood to announce Canada's plan to introduce legislation to legalize marijuana in the spring of 2017.

I can report that the world was less than pleased. Canada's move to legalization will take our country offside of these global agreements and out of step with our international partners.

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3 CN ON: Ontario Late On Warning Teens About MarijuanaSat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Ferguson, Rob Area:Ontario Lines:56 Added:11/21/2017

With legalization looming, doctors say province not ready to handle risks

Ontario is slow to launch a public education campaign warning parents about the dangers of marijuana to children, which include the risk associated with second-hand pot smoke, the Pediatricians Alliance of Ontario warned Friday.

"A lot more children are going to be exposed . . . They are the most at risk of harm. Their brains are still developing," Dr. Hirotaka Yamashiro said. "Ontario is not ready to deal with the risks."

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4 CN SN: A Little Pot On The PrairiesSat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:Moose Jaw Times-Herald (CN SN) Author:Santos, Joshua Area:Saskatchewan Lines:97 Added:11/21/2017

Saskatchewan Government looking to privatize marijuana

Saskatchewan's government is not interested in operating pot shops.

Instead, they want to concentrate on regulating the product.

"We do not want to be in any ownership or marketing," said Don Morgan, Saskatchewan's Justice Minister.

"We want to be responsible for ensuring that there's a regulatory scheme in place and we want to make sure it's a confidently, well-run regulatory scheme, but we don't want to own it, market it or warehouse it ourselves."

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5 Canada: Clearing The Air On CannabisSat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Bowes, Barbara Area:Canada Lines:176 Added:11/21/2017

THE flurry of news articles on the upcoming legalization of cannabis is everywhere, and seems to be creating substantial fear among most employers.

Much of this fear, of course, is about having to deal with the unknown. For instance, will recreational cannabis use increase among employees and how will this impact the workplace? What about medical marijuana? Are employers ready for this new challenge? Will current policies stand the test against cannabis?

Interestingly enough, a recent report by the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario and the consulting firm Deloitte suggests that 22 per cent of Canadian adults already consume recreational cannabis.

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6 CN AB: Editorial: Govern Your Own Pot BehaviourFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:77 Added:11/21/2017

Be smart. Not stupid.

As we travel down the road to pot legalization in Canada, provincial governments across the country are scrambling to update a number of laws, including impaired driving rules.

Here in Alberta, the government has announced its changes to impaired-driving legislation.

The NDs plan to impose a maximum $1,000 fine for a positive blood test of two to five nanograms per millimetre of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), along with a minimum $1,000 fine for a first-time conviction on a reading above five.

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7CN AB: Alberta Police Chiefs Concerned Over Lack Of Roadside TestingFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Theobald, Claire Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

Alberta's police chiefs are feeling "overwhelmed" figuring out how to adjust policing practices ahead of marijuana legalization, Edmonton police Chief Rod Knecht said.

"The timelines are extremely tight," Knecht said outside an Edmonton Police Commission meeting at city hall on Thursday.

In an open letter, the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police warned the scheduled July 1, 2018, legalization leaves "insufficient time for the full consideration necessary in the creation of the regulatory framework to ensure the safety of Albertans."

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8CN AB: NDP Won't Limit Number Of Pot Shops In AlbertaFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Southwick, Reid Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

Private operators still await rules for selling legal weed starting July 1

Alberta won't limit the number of private cannabis stores once retail sales are legalized next July, according to new details released Thursday by the NDP government.

The province confirmed that private retailers will sell legal weed from brick-and-mortar storefronts, instead of government-run outlets chosen by several other provinces, including Ontario and Quebec.

Online sales in Alberta, however, will be available through a publicly run system, which is meant to ensure residents can tell the difference between legal and illicit retailers on the internet.

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9CN SN: Researchers Weigh In On Sask.as Policy For RegulatingFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Martin, Ashley Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

With 7 1/2 months until marijuana becomes legal in Canada, a group of Saskatchewan researchers hopes to help inform the complicated policy-making process the provincial government faces in the months to come.

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS), based at universities in Regina and Saskatoon, has released a report, Legalizing & Regulating Cannabis in Saskatchewan.

The provincial government is responsible for setting up all of the details of a legal cannabis industry, and should have most of the work in place by June 30.

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10CN SN: Researchers Hope To Help Policy-Making ProcessFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Martin, Ashley Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

With 7 1/2 months until marijuana becomes legal in Canada, a group of Saskatchewan researchers hopes to help inform the complicated policy-making process the provincial government faces in the months to come.

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS), based at universities in Regina and Saskatoon, has released a report, Legalizing & Regulating Cannabis in Saskatchewan.

The provincial government is responsible for setting up all of the details of a legal cannabis industry, and should have most of the work in place by June 30.

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11CN AB: Expect 'Huge' Demand When Pot Becomes LegalFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Graney, Emma Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

Potential retailers comment as Alberta releases rules for cannabis shops, sales

Private retailers who want to sell legal marijuana in Alberta next July 1 won't be able to do so alongside alcohol, or even a bag of chips.

Under proposed rules introduced by the province Thursday, retailers will be restricted to sales of cannabis and cannabis-related goods such as lighters and rolling papers.

There's no word on how much legal marijuana will cost, but 420 Clinic founder Jeff Mooij says that won't matter to consumers.

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12CN AB: Pot Shops Will Only Be Allowed To Sell Cannabis, Related ItemsFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Graney, Emma Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

Private retailers who want to sell legal marijuana in Alberta next July 1 won't be able to do so alongside alcohol, or even a bag of chips.

Under proposed rules introduced by the province Thursday, retailers will be restricted to sales of cannabis and cannabis-related goods such as lighters and rolling papers. There's no word on how much legal marijuana will cost, but 420 Clinic founder Jeff Mooij says that won't matter to consumers.

As a medical marijuana clinic owner and cannabis user, Mooij said Thursday there is an appetite for clean, safe, regulated weed in Alberta - it's not about paying less than black market drugs, but knowing where the product is coming from.

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13CN QU: Quebec Unveils Rigid Pot LawsFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

Meanwhile, Alberta embraces private sector

MONTREAL * Forced into the pot business by the federal government, Quebec on Thursday tabled strict marijuana legislation, striving to give itself full control over the industry, push out the private sector and create a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of all drugs.

"This is an important change to our society," Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois said after tabling Bill 157. "The experts recommended we be prudent to start and then to see if we need to adjust. They asked us to be rigorous and to see how citizens evolve."

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14 CN BC: PUB LTE: Try Decriminalizing OpiatesThu, 16 Nov 2017
Source:Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC) Author:John, Area:British Columbia Lines:57 Added:11/21/2017

To the editor,

Re: Providing drugs would curb crime, Letters, Nov. 9.

The question is not when our government will decriminalize personal possession and provide a safe clean drug source, like we do for alcohol and soon to be marijuana, but how many more families will be devastated with the loss of a loved one before a government is brave enough to value lives over votes.

In Portugal, possession is not a criminal offence if you have a 10-day personal supply in your possession. By decriminalizing personal possession, we can then start to rid the negative stigma that is associated with addiction.

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15CN ON: Cities Question Tax Plan For Legal CannabisFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Stacey, Megan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

There may be as much as $1 billion in tax revenue at stake as Canada readies for legalized marijuana next summer. The cut for cities? So far, zero. Municipalities may be left in the cold when it comes to sharing in the cash from legalized pot sales, with the federal government proposing a 10 per cent excise tax - or $1 per gram, whichever is higher - to be split evenly between the provinces and the feds.

Little has been said about how many, if any, tax dollars will flow to cities bearing the burden of costs associated with policing, licensing and enforcement of marijuana sales after July 1.

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16 CN ON: LTE: Trudeau Opening Market For Organized CrimeFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:11/21/2017

( Re: Feds set tax on pot at $ 1 per gram plus GST, Nov. 10 edition)

When Justin Trudeau first floated his marijuana legalization plan, to get votes and new tax revenue, he claimed it was the best way to curb black market sales, thereby keeping it away from children, who can cause serious harm to their developing brains.

Now, by coming up with this substantial tax, Trudeau is throwing out an open invitation to organized crime groups to grow and sell illicit pot. To further compound the problem, Trudeau wants to allow anyone to grown four marijuana plants, a huge gift to organized crime.

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17 CN QU: Quebec To Keep Strict Controls Over MarijuanaFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Woods, Allan Area:Quebec Lines:108 Added:11/21/2017

Provincial legislation calls for government-run stores, zero tolerance for DUIs

MONTREAL- The rollout of legislation governing the legal marijuana regime in Quebec was likely a downer for pot enthusiasts in a province widely known for its European sensibilities and liberal mores.

To call it a buzzkill would set bloodshot eyes rolling, but the Quebec government unveiled plans to create what is likely to be one of the most restrictive regimes so far in the country.

In introducing the legislation to reporters, even Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois admitted that the province was dragged out of the prohibition era much too quickly by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government.

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18CN QU: Marijuana Plan Pleases Some, But Has Many DoubtersFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Riga, Andy Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

Safe-driving activists, pot dispensers and businesses all have their own views

Two cannabis activists aren't impressed with the marijuana legalization plan Quebec announced Thursday. But a group that works to decrease impaired driving praised the proposed legislation.

Here's a look at some of the reaction to Bill 157:

Marc-Boris St-Maurice, a longtime pot activist and founder of the Montreal Compassion Centre medical-marijuana dispensary:

"Their plan is still half-baked," he said, noting guidelines announced Thursday are in a draft bill that might change.

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19CN QU: Where Can I Buy Marijuana And Smoke It?Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Riga, Andy Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

Quebec unveiled its pot plan Thursday. Here are some answers to key questions.

Here are answers to key questions as Quebec moves toward legalization of recreational marijuana by July 2018:

Q Who will be allowed to buy pot?

A Under the cannabis-legalization bill put forward Thursday, anyone over 18 would be able to purchase, possess and use cannabis in Quebec. The province's medical specialists wanted the minimum age set at 21.

Q Where will pot be sold?

A Quebec plans to create the Societe quebecoise du cannabis (SQC), which would sell pot via stores and a website.

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20 CN ON: Column: Why Is Rural Ontario Left Off The List Of LegalizedThu, 16 Nov 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:D'Amato, Luisa Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:11/21/2017

Politics

Everything is political in the months before an election. And that's especially true for where the pot stores are going to be located.

Earlier this month, 14 locations were announced for provincially-run recreational cannabis stores.

One of those will be in Kitchener. Mayor Berry Vrbanovic said he wasn't surprised "in light of our size, the fact that we're the eleventh-largest region in the country."

I'm not surprised either, but I think it's about politics, not size.

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