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1 CN QU: PUB LTE: Extend Alcohol Laws To MarijuanaThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Malfara, Glen K. Area:Quebec Lines:33 Added:09/19/2017

Re: "Police say they're not ready for pot-smoking drivers" (Montreal Gazette, Sept. 9)

The Quebec government has known for some time that the legalization of recreational marijuana was coming, and yet it finds itself with its back against the wall. It has launched a public consultation process, but when I went on the site, it seemed overly complex. This is not rocket science. Existing laws that deal with tobacco, alcohol and impaired driving should extend to marijuana - including age restrictions.

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2 CN ON: OPED: Government Goes For Reefer Monopoly MadnessFri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Emery, Jodie Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:09/19/2017

It's the worst possible provincial legalization plan: Ontario's Liberal government has announced a state monopoly on the sale of legal nonmedical cannabis, combined with a massive crackdown on the existing cannabis industry.

Legalization wasn't supposed to be like this. Canadians increasingly supported ending cannabis criminalization after watching billions of tax dollars wasted by law enforcement going after peaceful people for pot.

Marijuana has been grown and consumed in Canada for decades without any measurable negative impact on the health and safety of society. In fact, the impact has been more positive than negative, especially for sick and suffering citizens.

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3 CN ON: Column: No Shortage Of Fear And Alarm At Pot HearingsSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Harper, Tim Area:Ontario Lines:111 Added:09/19/2017

It's difficult to analyze the impact of Ottawa's coming marijuana legislation with studies and numbers and examinations of other jurisdictions.

This is the type of social legislation that sparks emotions that can't be allayed with pie charts.

There are many thousands, if not millions, of Canadian parents worried this will make it easier for their children to find pot.

On the other hand, an untold number of parents are likely to spark one up tonight to relax after the kids head to bed.

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4 CN ON: OPED: What About Edibles?Fri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Charlebois, Sylvain Area:Ontario Lines:123 Added:09/19/2017

Provincial plan on selling pot is silent on the issue of cannabis-infused food products

Ontario deserves some credit for forging ahead with guidelines for its legal marijuana distribution system, but the province's plan is filled with ambiguities and unknowns.

Ontario is the first province to define how it intends to sell nonmedicinal marijuana to the public. About 150 stores across the province will be operated by a division of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).

Marijuana won't be sold alongside wine or liquor, but in separate stores, as was recommended by a parliamentary committee earlier this year.

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5 CN ON: OPED: Government Goes For Reefer Monopoly MadnessFri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Emery, Jodie Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:09/19/2017

It's the worst possible provincial legalization plan: Ontario's Liberal government has announced a state monopoly on the sale of legal nonmedical cannabis, combined with a massive crackdown on the existing cannabis industry.

Legalization wasn't supposed to be like this. Canadians increasingly supported ending cannabis criminalization after watching billions of tax dollars wasted by law enforcement going after peaceful people for pot.

Marijuana has been grown and consumed in Canada for decades without any measurable negative impact on the health and safety of society. In fact, the impact has been more positive than negative, especially for sick and suffering citizens.

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6 CN MB: Campaign Targets Drug-Impaired DrivingFri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Israel, Solomon Area:Manitoba Lines:85 Added:09/19/2017

MANITOBA - Public Insurance announced a new public education campaign against drug-impaired driving on Thursday, with a focus on cannabis ahead of the expected legalization of that substance next year.

The campaign, launched in co-operation with Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada, will include messaging focused on new teen drivers, youth in general, the medical community and the general public, with taglines such as "Think you're a better driver when you're high? Think again."

MPI chief administrative officer Ward Keith said the campaign was developed in response to "a number of things that are lining up to give us real concerns about the risk of cannabis-impaired driving" after legalization.

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7CN BC: Pot Sales: 'All Options On Table'Fri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Kines, Lindsay Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

The B.C. government plans to consult with police, local governments and the public before deciding how to sell and distribute recreational marijuana once the federal government legalizes pot next summer.

Solicitor General Mike Farnworth told reporters Thursday that "all options are on the table," including selling marijuana through government liquor stores. "We have not made any decisions about that," he said.

Farnworth said the government intends to gather suggestions on ways to sell and distribute marijuana, as well as on the appropriate age limit for purchasing it.

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8CN BC: B.C. Undecided On Rules For Legal MarijuanaFri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Shaw, Rob Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

Provinces still looking for more direction from federal government

B.C.'s top cop says the province remains undecided on how it will tax, distribute and regulate the use of marijuana once the federal government legalizes it next summer.

Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said he hopes to hear more ideas from his provincial and federal counterparts Friday as they continue a meeting in Vancouver. Ottawa intends to legalize pot within 10 months, forcing the provinces to develop their own rules.

"It's certainly a challenging deadline, not just for British Columbia but all provinces, and I think both ministers and premiers have been saying that to the federal government," Farnworth said Thursday. "We know it is a challenge in B.C., but one we're working toward."

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9CN BC: Mom And Pop Pot Shops On EdgeFri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

Cannabis retailers waiting to learn fate

Like a vignette of small-town life, a laid-back shopkeeper sits at a yellow table beside the unlocked bicycle leaning against the storefront, smiles, puts down his coffee mug and greets a customer by name.

"Hey Fred, how ya doing?" Jeremy Jacob said to his visitor Thursday, welcoming his old friend into the shop.

Jacob and his wife Andrea Dobbs run a family business in Kitsilano, a bright, airy space where a loud waterfall rushes outside, dozens of cannabis products line the shelves inside, and a Pomeranian named Lego lounges on the ground.

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10 CN ON: Don't Stick Us With Pot Tab, Cities Tell FedsThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Metro (Ottawa, CN ON) Author:Tumilty, Ryan Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:09/19/2017

Municipalities make pitch at Health Canada hearings

Canada's cities don't want Ottawa or the provinces to pass the costs of dealing with marijuana legalization onto them.

Winnipeg councillors and president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Jenny Gerbasi said municipalities are worried about the cost to get ready for the new regime.

"Our cities and communities are where cannabis will actually be used and sold and we have to adapt bylaws, programs, policies," she said.

The FCM will present to the House of Commons Committee studying the marijuana legalization bill on Friday. Dozens of groups have been presenting to the committee this week, including dispensary owners, medical users, police agencies and public health departments.

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11 CN ON: Editorial: Marijuana Plans Paint Wynne As OpportunisticThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Woolwich Observer (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:76 Added:09/19/2017

TELLING IT LIKE IT is, the Ontario government's plans for dealing with legalized marijuana are nothing short of a cash grab, coupled with some pandering to the public sector unions Kathleen Wynne hopes will win her votes among a group responsible for acting against the public interest.

Never mind talk about preventing kids from getting weed - that will continue as it always has - the decision to have the LCBO oversee sales is purely about Queen's Park cashing in on the federal government's dubious look-how-hip-we-are policies.

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12 CN SN: Legalization LoomingThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Moose Jaw Times-Herald (CN SN) Author:Ladik, Sarah Area:Saskatchewan Lines:102 Added:09/19/2017

Province turns to citizens for consultation on how marijuana should be sold in Saskatchewan

Love it or hate it, legislation that legalizes pot in Canada is coming.

The provincial government launched a survey last week, seeking the public's response to questions ranging from where and how marijuana should be sold, to a minimum age for users, and priorities when it comes to enforcement and education. These are some of the top concerns for users, sellers, legislators, and law enforcement alike.

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13Canada: Column: Americans Urge Calm On Legal WeedThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Cosh, Colby Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

I cannot be the only one who feels the world is a little upside-down after Wednesday's hearings on marijuana held by the House of Commons standing committee on health. The day's proceedings were essentially broken into two parts. First, high-ranking Canadian police came before the committee to complain that they didn't have the technical resources or the training to deal with legalized marijuana. They pleaded for the passage of the Liberals' Cannabis Act to be delayed.

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14Canada: Trucking Industry Targets THC LevelsThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Penner, Derrick Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

Associations want zero-tolerance policy for professional drivers regarding pot use

Canada's trucking industry is challenging the federal government over standards for marijuana impairment, arguing companies should be able to set zero-tolerance policies because of the safety consequences involved for professional drivers.

"(Professional drivers) are sharing their workplace with the public, so the standards they're required to meet should be higher than the average person operating a passenger vehicle because the consequences of them being impaired (are higher)," said Louise Yako, CEO of the B.C. Trucking Association.

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15 CN NS: Local MLA Worried About Pot LegalizationSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS) Author:Macdonald, Sam Area:Nova Scotia Lines:163 Added:09/19/2017

Government, business community and advocacy groups have varied opinions

As the deadline for the federal government's move to legalize marijuana in July 2018 approaches, users, stakeholders, business people and politicians involved in the matter offer a variety of concerns.

Hank Merchant, CEO of HBB Medical, a medical marijuana dispensary, welcomes the introduction of guidelines and regulations on the sale of marijuana, "because there are people who have no qualms about operating outside the law."

"We, as medical marijuana dispensaries, don't do that," Merchant added.

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16 Canada: A Budding Travel Industry Comes NorthThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Rendell, Mark Area:Canada Lines:133 Added:09/19/2017

As Canada looks to legalize marijuana by 2018, companies are starting to develop cannabis-tourism business plans

Canada's red-and-white tourism branding could turn a shade greener in the coming years with the legalization of recreational marijuana opening the door to cannabis-based travel businesses across the country.

Federal legislation for recreational use is still a year away, and many legal question marks surrounding advertising and distribution remain, even with the government of Ontario clarifying some rules around marijuana sales on Sept. 8. Nonetheless, companies in the cannabis sector are starting to develop tourism business plans, dreaming up everything from winery-style grow-op tours to weed-and-yoga retreats in the Rocky Mountains.

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17 CN NF: Ottawa 'Anxious' To Meet 2018 Deadline For MarijuanaThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Bailey, Sue Area:Newfoundland Lines:81 Added:09/19/2017

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Canada's public safety minister says the federal government is anxious to legalize marijuana by next summer despite police services saying there's zero chance they'll be ready.

Ralph Goodale said Wednesday the Liberals just announced $274 million over the next five years to help with police training and fight the involvement of organized crime.

On Tuesday, police from Ontario, Saskatoon and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police told the Commons health committee that they need more time. They say they require an extra six months to a year for proper police training and public education - without which organized crime will flourish.

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18 CN ON: Editorial: Delay Deadline For Legal PotThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:73 Added:09/19/2017

When police tell them to "slow down," good citizens comply. Not so the federal government, which is ignoring a very reasonable call from Canada's police services to slow down on its overly ambitious plan to legalize recreational marijuana as of next July 1.

The plea from the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Ontario Provincial Police and Saskatoon Police Services was delivered Tuesday to the House of Commons health committee, which is studying the federal legislation that will legalize cannabis.

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19 CN ON: Experts Push Ottawa For Education Campaign On Marijuana'sThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Blatchford, Andy Area:Ontario Lines:71 Added:09/19/2017

OTTAWA - Youth health experts are warning the federal government that its push to legalize recreational cannabis should be accompanied by extensive public-education and prevention campaigns that spell out the serious risks of pot consumption on adolescent brains.

Parliamentarians heard this message numerous times Wednesday during a House of Commons committee hearing to study the Trudeau government's legislation to legalize marijuana.

Ottawa plans to legalize cannabis for adults 18 and older within 10 months, but some provinces and police services have warned the federal timeline is far too tight for them to properly prepare for such a major change.

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20 Canada: Column: Who's Looking Out For The Children?Thu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Balkissoon, Denise Area:Canada Lines:103 Added:09/19/2017

As marijuana legalization looms, let's remind lawmakers that the focus must be on public health, not criminal justice

Twenty-year-old me can't believe 40-year-old me has come to this, sending out a warning call about the dangers of marijuana. There is more than a fragrant whiff of do as I say, not as I did about this column.

But 40-year-old me has seen things 20-year-old me hadn't, such as people around me coping with addiction and mental illness. So I'm here to be a wet blanket: As legalization approaches, let's focus on (spoiler alert, old-lady phrase) our young people.

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