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1 CN AB: Editorial: Leave The Sales To The ExpertsFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:67 Added:10/11/2017

Trust us, the grass is greener on the other side of state-run business.

Anyone who ever had to line up outside one of a handful of Alberta liquor Control Board retail outlets back in the day knows how brutal it was buying something as simple as a case of beer or bottle of wine. It was enough to drive you to drink. Or how about the stress-elevating experience of a visit to the old department of motor vehicles. Talk about road rage. Privatization has made life so much easier in those two areas, not to mention the jobs created through competition and better, varied pricing for consumers in the case of booze - tax portion aside, of course.

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2 CN AB: MADD Urges Alberta Pursue Public Model On Cannabis To EnsureFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Bennett, Dean Area:Alberta Lines:97 Added:10/11/2017

The advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving wants Alberta to sell marijuana through government-run stores - at least in the short term - to ensure public safety before profit.

Andrew Murie, the CEO of MADD, points to marijuana stores in the United States that slash prices to mark the annual April 20 counter-culture celebration of public cannabis consumption.

"There are a lot of people that want to make a lot of money on this legalization, a lot of entrepreneurs, and they're not interested in public safety," Murie said in an interview Thursday.

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3 CN AB: LTE: Pot Consumption Age Set Too LowFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Banner, Ken Area:Alberta Lines:26 Added:10/11/2017

The Canadian Medical Association has said that the age for marijuana should be 25 and no less than 21.

What does our illustrious government do?

They set the age at 18. How did they arrive at this? Or, was it pulled out of thin air like so many of their harebrained policies? At the same time, Energy East is cancelled and not a peep.

The slow death spiral for this country into the economic abyss continues. I hope we wake up before it's too late.

Ken Banner, Edmonton

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4CN BC: Courtenay Mayor Gets Death Threats After Police Shut Pot ShopFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:DeRosa, Katie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/11/2017

Courtenay's mayor has received death threats from people upset that the RCMP shut down the community's first cannabis dispensary.

Mayor Larry Jangula said someone posted online comments threatening to shoot him after inaccurate information that he had directed Comox Valley RCMP to raid Leaf Compassion dispensary on Wednesday circulated on social media.

"It's been a very upsetting day," Jangula said.

He said he has been threatened during his 27-year policing career, but never in his role as mayor.

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5CN AB: Growers Pitch Alberta Retail Pot Co-OpFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Kent, Gordon Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/11/2017

A dozen medical pot producers plan to start a chain of Alberta marijuana stores if the provincial government allows private companies to sell recreational weed next year.

The Canadian Cannabis Co-Op hopes to get in on the ground floor of what's expected to be a billion dollar Alberta industry when the federal government legalizes marijuana consumption July 1, 2018.

"We will build out a retail channel in Alberta and any other province that is looking at including private sector retail and distribution in their model," Darren Karasiuk, chair of the co-op working group, said Thursday.

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6 CN ON: Editorial: Get Smarter On DrugsFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:10/11/2017

The chorus calling on Ottawa to decriminalize possession of all drugs is growing louder and more urgent. The government should listen

The chorus calling on Ottawa to rethink its approach to the epidemic of opioid overdoses sweeping this country is growing louder and more urgent. Two new reports issued this week echo a broad consensus among public health experts: decriminalizing the possession of all drugs is crucial if we're going to tackle this crisis.

In Ontario, more than two people died from opioid overdoses every day last year - and the rate seems to have risen in 2017. In British Columbia, the problem is even worse.

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7 CN ON: LTE: Legalized Pot Will Cloud Condo RulesFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Cantwell, Les Area:Ontario Lines:42 Added:10/11/2017

Re: Preparing for marijuana legalization, Aaron, Sept. 30

Smoking should be banned in condo buildings throughout Ontario. Bob Aaron's column highlighted the problem for condo boards.

More families with children are choosing condos as an affordable alternative to houses, especially in Toronto and other cities.

More than 80 per cent of the residents in these buildings do not smoke. Yet, many have to suffer the smells and dangerous carcinogenic fumes drifting through their doorways and venting systems. If you cannot smoke in a car with children, how can you justify children living in such an environment?

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8 CN AB: Editorial: Turning A Profit On Pot Should Be The Goal OfSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:92 Added:10/11/2017

Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley has announced the first details of Alberta's plans for selling marijuana once the product is legalized across the nation in July.

This makes Alberta the third province, after Ontario and New Brunswick, to show its hand.

Ganley announced enough details to satisfy those who want to know Alberta's broader approach to legalization, while keeping more contentious details, like who gets to sell it, for a later date.

Although Alberta Health Services recommended making the legal age 21 for pot consumption and raising the alcohol and tobacco ages from 18 to match it, Alberta's government is sensibly and simply making 18 the legal age for weed.

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9CN AB: Editorial: Privatize Sale Of PotSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/11/2017

The Trudeau government's notice that recreational use of marijuana will be legal on July 1, 2018, has created a number of challenges for provincial politicians. Legalizing the substance is the easy part. More difficult is deciding how the drug will be sold to customers, where retail outlets will be located, where cannabis can be smoked and how police will be able to detect those who have consumed too much pot.

The NDP government provided a glimpse this week of what legalized pot might mean for Albertans, but it's waiting for the public to weigh in before it introduces legislation this fall.

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10 CN ON: LTE: Police Not Ready For MarijuanaSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:51 Added:10/11/2017

Yet another progressive government obviously more concerned with raking in expected windfalls from selling pot, rather than being concerned over the potential harm to young people.

Studies in the U.K., the USA and Canada have conclusively shown young people smoking pot run a greatly enhanced risk of damaging their developing brains and suffering psychosis and other mental issues later in life. Our own Canadian Medical Associate has stated nobody should smoke this dangerous drug, containing 85 canninbinoids with unknown long-term health and mental consequences, under 21.

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11 CN NS: Province To Consult With Public On Marijuana LegalizationSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS) Author:Gunn, Andrea Area:Nova Scotia Lines:55 Added:10/11/2017

Nova Scotia will be launching its public consultations for marijuana legalization within days, with results expected to be compiled and released before the end of the year, the premier's office has confirmed.

Of the Atlantic provinces, Nova Scotia is the last to launch its consultations, which will include telephone and online surveys. P.E.I. just completed an online consultation, garnering around 3,000 responses, Newfoundland released a report of its consultation period in August, and New Brunswick - the furthest along - last month announced its framework for legalization, including plans to follow Ontario in creating a Crown corporation to oversee all pot sales.

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12 CN AB: LTE: Condo Owners Will Be Burned By Legal PotSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Donaldson, June A. Area:Alberta Lines:39 Added:10/11/2017

Alberta condo dwellers are in for a terrible ride with the NDP marijuana legislation plan. Most condos are high-density buildings where small units are crammed together and where the attitudes and behaviours of others directly affect their neighbours.

We already hear of people smoking "whatever" on balconies or in units where smoke drifts next door negatively affecting the health, property values and quality of life of others. Now our federal government is giving people, who might not even be owners, permission to carry on.

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13 CN ON: Editorial: Move Carefully On Cannabis TaxesFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Roe, John Area:Ontario Lines:82 Added:10/11/2017

The first legal sales of recreational marijuana in Canada are still months away, but some provincial premiers are already demanding a bigger piece of the action.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's opening offer this week to evenly split a 10-per-cent excise tax on cannabis sales between Ottawa and the provinces was quickly scorned by premiers such as Alberta's Rachel Notley and Quebec's Philippe Couillard.

With heady visions of new revenue streams cascading into their provincial coffers, these and other premiers told Trudeau the provinces will bear most of the costs of legalizing cannabis. Hence, they deserve most of the tax dollars that will come with it - not just half.

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14CN AB: Editorial: Pot Is Best Kept PrivateFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/11/2017

Alberta, like all provinces, is scrambling to come up with a plan to adapt to the federal government's looming legalization of marijuana.

Given the rush to meet Ottawa's quickly approaching July 1 deadline, the first proposed rules laid out by Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley are generally promising in their application of common sense to what is a complicated, costly and game-changing file off-loaded onto provinces by the Trudeau Liberals.

The federal ground rules are: the minimum age can't be below 18 and you can't possess in public more than 30 grams; most everything else is for provinces to decide.

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15CN AB: Pot Producers Keen To Initiate Co-Op For SalesFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Southwick, Reid Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/11/2017

Advocates says province would be spared millions in cost of building retail outlets

A dozen cannabis producers from across Canada want to launch a cooperative in Alberta, where they would sell the drug online and in street-level stores - and they're promising extra revenues for the government.

A day after the province reopened public consultations on a new cannabis market - leaving its options open on whether to pursue privately or publicly run stores - the Canadian Cannabis Co-op said its proposed retail model poses no risks or costs to taxpayers.

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16 CN BC: Westside Pot Shops Could Be Shut DownTue, 10 Oct 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Seymour, Ron Area:British Columbia Lines:81 Added:10/10/2017

City council today expected to rescind business licences for 2 marijuana dispensaries

The owners of two West Kelowna pot shops today face the revocation of their business licence and subsequent closure.

City council is expected to rescind licences for Black Crow Herbals and The Healing Company, a move staff say would force the businesses to close.

"(T)he licence holder has engaged in the illegal dispensing of cannabis, which is in contravention of the Criminal Code of Canada or the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act," reads the identical wording in two separate staff reports to be considered at today's council meeting.

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17 CN ON: OPED: Let First Nations Into Pot IndustryTue, 10 Oct 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Quesnel, Joseph Area:Ontario Lines:84 Added:10/10/2017

The projected legalization of marijuana in Canada in July 2018 gives the federal government an opportunity to bring communities - including Indigenous ones - into this lucrative sector.

For example, Manitoba's Opaskwayak Cree Nation recently took a major stake in a medical marijuana company. OCN purchased $3 million in shares in National Access Cannabis, a privately held company that recently traded publicly for the first time.

Private investors in medical and recreational marijuana are watching intently as the federal government unveils its plans for how pot will be legally grown and sold in Canada.

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18 CN NF: Editorial: Clock's TickingTue, 10 Oct 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF)          Area:Newfoundland Lines:75 Added:10/10/2017

It must have been a busy meeting. A couple of weeks ago, Canada's federal and provincial justice and public safety ministers met in Vancouver for two days of meetings. They talked about delays in the criminal system and reforms to the Criminal Code over mandatory minimum sentencing provisions. About changes to the bail system and simpler and faster court proceedings.

They talked about national security legislation and the safety of Canadians, about the legalization of marijuana and the nuances of home cultivation, and the health and safety effects of the drug, both on adults and the particular risks for young people.

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19 CN PI: LTE: MPs Stunned Or Just Stoned?Tue, 10 Oct 2017
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Chandler, Paul R. Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:36 Added:10/10/2017

With regards to legalization of marijuana, a mind-altering substance, I wonder if our MP's are stunned or stoned? Do these people not see what this stuff is doing to people, families, court systems etc.?

There is a negative that comes out of almost everything associated with this stuff. We have seen it with liquor in the past, now some stoner in Ottawa wants easy access. If you doubt me on this, sit in a courtroom and see how many cases are alcohol/ drug related. Ask any police officers, doctor, judge, etc. what this is doing to people.

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20CN AB: Unions Want Government-Run Cannabis StoresTue, 10 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/10/2017

Alberta Federation of Labour says public system creates better jobs, more revenue

The Alberta Federation of Labour is calling for the NDP government to set up a system of government-owned and operated cannabis stores in the province when recreational marijuana becomes legal next year.

With Alberta's policy framework for legal cannabis released earlier this month, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said the province will only allow stand-alone stores to sell legal weed but it is still weighing whether to set up government-owned facilities or leave retail to the private sector.

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21CN AB: Alberta Unions Urge Government-Run Cannabis StoresTue, 10 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/10/2017

CALGARY The Alberta Federation of Labour is calling for the NDP government to set up a system of government-owned and operated cannabis stores in the province when recreational marijuana becomes legal next year.

With Alberta's policy framework for legal cannabis released earlier this month, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said the province will only allow stand-alone stores to sell legal weed but it is still weighing whether to set up government-owned facilities or leave retail to the private sector.

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22 CN ON: Column: Justin Trudeau's Quest To Be Crowned King Of WeedSun, 08 Oct 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Ontario Lines:99 Added:10/08/2017

Since doper Marc Emery has claimed title of the Prince of Pot, perhaps it is time to crown Justin Trudeau the King of Weed.

Thus far, it seems reefer royalty is our prime minister's primary quest, as he is obsessed with pot's legalization - by Canada Day 2018, come hell or high times - while spending little time on substantive issues other than taxing small business out of business.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau claims he will now tweak his tax reforms somewhat so that the family farm, for example, can be passed on to the next generation without painful penalties, but time will tell.

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23CN BC: Pot Production Could Edge Out Vegetable CropsSun, 08 Oct 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Lazaruk, Susan Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/08/2017

Growers swapping produce for marijuana

A large-scale multinational Delta vegetable producer is swapping out its tomato plants for pot plants in a 1.1-million-square-foot greenhouse because it says it can make more than 10 times the money.

Greenhouses operated by Village Farms International in Delta: If various levels of government allow it, the facilities here will be converted into marijuana growing greenhouses. JASON PAYNE/ PNG

Village Farms International also has plans to expand five times that scale, resulting in a warning from Delta Mayor Lois Jackson about the future of farms on Agricultural Land Reserve.

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24CN AB: Proposed Framework On Legalized Pot "A Star" Calgary PoliceSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Cole, Yolande Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/07/2017

Calgary police Chief Roger Chaffin said a proposed framework released by the province on legalized marijuana this week is "a start" as police examine their next steps to prepare for recreational cannabis to be legalized July 1.

"On its first blush, there's not a lot of detail in that yet, but at least the framework sets up at least an idea of where the province wants to go around age limits, around consumption levels, growing the plant, so there's lots of areas there at least we can start to go to work on," Chaffin said Friday.

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25CN ON: OPED: What Canada's Legal Weed Could Mean To LesothoSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Houston, Adam R. Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/07/2017

Legal market a boon to poor nation, write Adam R. Houston and Rapelang Radebe.

By multiple measures, the Kingdom of Lesotho is one of the highest countries in the world.

For one, the mountainous African nation never drops below 1,400 metres, meaning its lowermost point is at a higher elevation than that of any other country.

For another, it has long depended heavily on the production of cannabis; a report published by UNESCO at the turn of the millennium found it was one of the country's three primary sources of hard currency, alongside foreign aid and remittances from mines in neighbouring South Africa.

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26 CN ON: LTE: Greedy GovernmentSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Caesar, Cecilia Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:10/07/2017

Re: Pot legalization

I feel The Record has given an unfair slant to the issue of marijuana legalization. Many, many people have been hurt by it. If you add alcohol to the mix the danger only increases.

From what I have seen, marijuana seems addictive and hard to let go of. How greedy can our governments get to allow this drug to be legalized without sufficient testing? Saying the industry will create jobs does not justify the harm it will cause. The police must have some statistics relating to accidents and death where marijuana is a factor.

Seriously, it messes people up and gives them a false sense of reality.

Government is supposed to be "of the people" and "for the people." Guess what, sometimes they make mistakes. Let's try to fix this mistake before another generation pays the price.

Cecilia Caesar

Waterloo

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27 CN ON: LTE: Recreational Pot MistakeSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Sun Times, The (Owen Sound, CN ON) Author:Riseborough, Judy Area:Ontario Lines:31 Added:10/07/2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is making a huge mistake legalizing marijuana for everyday use.

He promised his electors in the past election. What was he thinking? Votes? Taxes? Why does he want to create a bigger problem than it already is? The legal age for purchase is going to be 19. Does he not realize children (15+) will be smoking marijuana? It's been impossible to prevent them from smoking cigarettes, even with all the packaging and cigarettes hidden away in stores. They'll be walking around at school 'high'. And what about those developing brains?

Medical marijuana is easily accessible for those that need it. Why do we have to create a society of "legal stoners"?

Judy Riseborough

Owen Sound

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28 CN AB: Pot Legalization Cash Crunch Worries Top CopSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Cole, Yolande Area:Alberta Lines:60 Added:10/07/2017

Calgary police chief roger chaffin said a proposed framework released by the province on legalized marijuana this week is "a start" as police examine their next steps to prepare for recreational cannabis to be legalized July 1.

"On its first blush, there's not a lot of detail in that yet, but at least the framework sets up at least an idea of where the province wants to go around age limits, around consumption levels, growing the plant, so there's lots of areas there at least we can start to go to work on," chaffin said Friday.

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29 CN BC: Expert Calls For Drug DecriminalizationThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:106 Added:10/06/2017

VANCOUVER - Canada's political leaders must take bold action by joining forces to decriminalize illicit drugs and save lives in the midst of an unprecedented overdose crisis, a leading drug-policy expert says.

Donald MacPherson of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's stance on legalizing marijuana to protect youth and stop the flow of profits to organized crime must also apply to drugs that have killed thousands of Canadians.

"That's very sad that he can't see the logic that he's using so loudly on cannabis to shift that logic to a far more serious problem," MacPherson said Wednesday.

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30 CN BC: Decriminalize Drugs To Fight Overdoses: ExpertThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:87 Added:10/06/2017

VANCOUVER - Canada's political leaders must take bold action by joining forces to decriminalize illicit drugs and save lives in the midst of an unprecedented overdose crisis, a leading drug-policy expert says.

Donald MacPherson of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's stance on legalizing marijuana to protect youth and stop the flow of profits to organized crime must also apply to drugs that have killed thousands of Canadians.

"That's very sad that he can't see the logic that he's using so loudly on cannabis to shift that logic to a far more serious problem," MacPherson said Wednesday.

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31 CN BC: Column: On Marijuana, Let The Provinces Keep The CashThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Slivinski, Ada Area:British Columbia Lines:67 Added:10/06/2017

The federal government plans to legalize marijuana this summer and they say they want their fair share of tax revenue.

A dollar tax on anything up to $10 - and a 10% tax on anything above that amount - to be split 50/50 between the federal and provincial governments. But wait, Trudeau says, it's not about the money.

"Nobody's mindset on this approach is about bringing in tax revenue on this. The mindset with which we have approached the legalization and control of marijuana from the very beginning has been from public health and safety standpoint," Trudeau said during a press conference flanked by premiers at the first ministers meeting in Ottawa this week. What they want to do is, "Remove the black market from accessing the billions of dollars of profit that they do every year off of this."

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32CN QU: Province Wants Bigger Chunk Of Pot Excise Tax RevenueThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Authier, Philip Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

Coderre says city also entitled to a share to finance resources that will be needed

Left holding the bag on the costs of implementing the policy, Quebec says it wants more than 50 per cent of potential cannabis excise tax revenues.

"It won't be 50-50," Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao told reporters on his way out of a cabinet meeting. "This is just the opening shot. It will not be that at the end of the day."

A cautious Leitao refused to say what level of revenue will satisfy Quebec, noting that the actual price per gram - especially in the state-run system the provinces are creating to undercut organized crime - has yet to be determined.

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33 CN ON: Marijuana Advocate Back In Niagara FallsThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Tribune, The (CN ON) Author:Law, John Area:Ontario Lines:120 Added:10/06/2017

Grow Up Expo features Jodie Emery as speaker at convention focussed on impending legalization of marijuana next July

Jodie Emery laughs when reminded of her last visit to Niagara Falls seven years ago.

It started with a trip to MP Rob Nicholson's office on St. Paul Avenue for a protest. It ended waiting for two members of her group to be released from the Niagara Regional Police station on Morrison Street after they were arrested.

Emery and several pro-marijuana advocates were hoping to speak with Nicholson, Canada's justice minister at the time, about the extradition of her husband Marc, who was facing five years in a U.S. federal prison for selling mail-order pot seeds across the border.

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34 CN ON: Toronto Endorses Province's Pot PlanThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Rider, David Area:Ontario Lines:45 Added:10/06/2017

Toronto city council has, by a narrow margin, endorsed Premier Kathleen Wynne's plan for tightly regulated marijuana sales through LCBO-style stores.

Council voted 21-16 Wednesday in favour of backing Wynne's pot plan, while demanding that the city be compensated for any related costs when the federal government legalizes marijuana next year.

Councillor Cesar Palacio, chair of the licensing committee, said the city must endorse the closure of all illegal, private dispensaries to prevent "chaos" in the new marijuana marketplace.

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35 CN ON: Who's Minding The Pot?Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Delhi News-Record, The (CN ON) Author:Gamble, Susan Area:Ontario Lines:95 Added:10/06/2017

Norfolk police board, county seek answers on personal grow-ops

Health Canada is handing out licences for people to grow marijuana for personal use, but the question of who will be monitoring that growth has stymied both the Norfolk police board and council.

"The federal government allows the licence but who's following up on this?" asked Mayor Charlie Luke at last week's police board meeting.

"Who's checking to see that they're abiding by the licence? Is it the feds? The OPP? Certainly it's not the county and I'm thinking these personal grow operations are going to be way out of control."

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36 CN AB: Cannabis, Can'tabisThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Maimann, Kevin Area:Alberta Lines:60 Added:10/06/2017

Albertans get first look at pot plan

Albertans will be able to toke up in public when marijuana is legalized across Canada next summer, as long as they're not around kids.

The province released its Draft Cannabis Framework on Wednesday morning, confirming people will be allowed to smoke in public but not in playgrounds, spray parks, zoos, hospitals, school grounds or other places frequented by children.

By contrast, Ontario announced last month it will not allow public consumption when the drug is legalized for recreational use on July 1, 2018.

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37 CN ON: Grieving Moms Now Advocates On Opioids CrisisThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Grimsby Lincoln News, The (CN ON) Author:Forsyth, Paul Area:Ontario Lines:162 Added:10/06/2017

Mothers galvanize regional politicians with powerful stories of loss of kids to overdoses

NIAGARA - Wilma Thompson was hearing about the horrific death toll the opioid crisis sweeping across the country was having, so she pulled her daughter Jaena, age 19, aside last year.

"I said please don't ever try this stuff: it will kill you," the St. Catharines mom said. "She said 'mom, I would never do that.' "

Two months later, Jaena didn't answer repeated calls to her phone. Her family called 911 and emergency responders found her dead in her apartment. Of an opioid overdose.

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38CN AB: Business Owners Anxious To See NDP's Plan For PotWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

Justice minister set to unveil policy framework for legalized marijuana

Alberta companies are eagerly waiting to see whether they can do business under the provincial government's plan for legal marijuana.

On Wednesday, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley will unveil the NDP government's policy framework for cannabis once the Trudeau government legalizes recreational marijuana on July 1, 2018.

Among the areas expected to be addressed by the government are the legal age for consumption, pricing and how cannabis will be distributed and sold in the province.

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39 CN ON: Pot Legislation 'Prohibition 2.0,' Emery SaysThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Niagara This Week (CN ON) Author:Hutton, Richard Area:Ontario Lines:80 Added:10/06/2017

The approach being taken by federal and provincial governments, when it comes to the legalization of marijuana is just another form of prohibition, says a woman who is a longtime advocate for allowing unrestricted access to cannabis.

"We're seeing prohibition 2.0," said Jodie Emery, who along with her husband, Marc, have been campaigning for legalization for more than two decades. Jodie will be among the speakers taking part in the Grow Up Cannabis Conference & Expo taking place Friday and Saturday at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. "It's very upsetting."

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40 CN ON: LTE: Stop Legal Marijuana Before It HappensTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:Standard, The (St. Catharines, CN ON) Author:Low, Thomas Area:Ontario Lines:45 Added:10/06/2017

One of my best friends as an RCMP officer who spent most, if not all, of his career in the drug squad in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. He told me, "Marijuana is a stepping stone to heroin, and heroin leads to certain death."

Now we have other drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, causing many deaths on a daily basis in the U.S. and Canada.

In Ottawa I observed a car crash of an older teen who demolished his father's car after using marijuana. The police did not know what to do with this boy who cried out to a large crowd that gathered: "I want to go home."

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41 CN ON: Editorial: Grief Turns To Opioid AdvocacyThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Grimsby Lincoln News, The (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:70 Added:10/06/2017

They're still dealing with crushing grief barely contained, but a group of Niagara mothers who lost children in the prime of their lives to overdoses from opioids delivered a powerful message to regional politicians last week on the desperate need to deal with the opioid crisis sweeping like a freight train across the country.

The powerful drugs such as fentanyl have left a trail of destruction starting on the West Coast and moving east, with soaring numbers of emergency rooms visits due to overdoses in Ontario now.

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42 CN ON: PUB LTE: Ignorance FrustratingThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Port Colborne Leader (CN ON) Author:Popp, Serena Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:10/06/2017

Re. Why not legalize everything? Letter, Sept. 21:

As an upstanding citizen of society in my 35th year of living, I have experienced a lot of ignorance towards marijuana and the supposed effects it has on people.

There are a lot of reasons why legalizing marijuana will be a great step in the right direction. Unfortunately, there is a large population who thinks they know something about the so-called illicit drug, but the reality is they know nothing, due to their inability to look past this so-called gateway drug.

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43 CN ON: PUB LTE: Reality Of MarijuanaThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Port Colborne Leader (CN ON) Author:Fairchild, Grant Area:Ontario Lines:48 Added:10/06/2017

Re. Why not legalize everything?, Letter, Sept. 23:

I am a "senior" in my fifth decade who is offended deeply by this letter. Marijuana was purely and simply outlawed in the 1930s by Harry J. Anslinger merely because of corporate pressure for what scientists could manufacture in a lab to soar profits.

Is the writer even aware of the many medical benefits of CBDs or the many societal uses of hemp, the non-psychoactive parts of marijuana (hint: these are the very reasons it was outlawed in the first place).

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44 CN ON: Grieving Moms Now Advocates On Opioids CrisisThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Port Colborne Leader (CN ON) Author:Forsyth, Paul Area:Ontario Lines:162 Added:10/06/2017

Mothers galvanize regional politicians with powerful stories of loss of kids to overdoses

NIAGARA - Wilma Thompson was hearing about the horrific death toll the opioid crisis sweeping across the country was having, so she pulled her daughter Jaena, age 19, aside last year.

"I said please don't ever try this stuff: it will kill you," the St. Catharines mom said. "She said 'mom, I would never do that.' "

Two months later, Jaena didn't answer repeated calls to her phone. Her family called 911 and emergency responders found her dead in her apartment. Of an opioid overdose.

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45CN ON: OPED: Why 'Pop-Up' Prevention Sites Are LegitWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Elliott, Richard Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

Despite the mounting toll of overdose-related deaths in Ontario, Ottawa's mayor and certain city councillors are trying to close a "pop-up" overdose prevention site in Raphael Brunet Park. The site, staffed by concerned volunteers with Overdose Prevention Ottawa and funded via community donations, provides life-saving harm reduction services for people who use drugs. There have been more than 1,150 visits and no fatalities since it opened five weeks ago.

Various political "leaders" in Ottawa have criticized pop-up site organizers and been quick to presume the illegality of the site. The site operates without a federal ministerial exemption from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, which means that those using illegal drugs at the site can still be charged for possession when using a service that could mean the difference between life and death.

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46CN ON: Pot Raids Enforce Province's Hard LineThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

Plan for legalized sales included warning that rogue shops would be shut down

Last month Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi declared war on the province's illegal pot shops, and this week Ottawa police ramped up efforts to shut down the illegal businesses.

Police swooped down on the busy Cannabis Culture store on Bank Street, the Dr. Greenthumb on Montreal Road and "several" outdoor grow ops on Tuesday, arresting eight people.

"The provincial government has made it clear that independent storefronts will not be part of a legal framework in Ontario," said Staff Sgt. Rick Carey of the Ottawa police drug unit in a news release. "These storefronts are now and will continue to be illegal operations and property owners need to be aware that they could face serious repercussions for allowing them to continue to operate."

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47 CN AB: Column: Important Things To Know About Recreational AndTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Bharwani, Area:Alberta Lines:87 Added:10/06/2017

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent for CNN is reported to have said, "Every 19 minutes somebody dies of a prescription drug overdose. It doesn't happen with marijuana." In the past Gupta was against legalising medical marijuana in the U.S. but now he is in favour of it. He sees some benefit for certain types of illnesses.

The use of medical marijuana (medical cannabis) as a medicine has not been rigorously tested due to several restrictions. But there is some evidence to suggest cannabis can reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, and reduce chronic pain and muscle spasm.

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48 CN ON: LTE: Guidelines NeededTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Vis, Laura Area:Ontario Lines:40 Added:10/06/2017

Re: What's missing in Ontario's approach to marijuana distribution - Sept. 18

Ontario doesn't deserve any credit for "forging ahead with guidelines for its legal marijuana distribution system."

Marijuana is a drug, which apart from medicinal purposes and extra tax revenue, will only impact society negatively.

Before they go ahead with a distribution system, the Liberal government should have outlined very clearly all the expected guidelines for distributors. Instead, "no consideration has been given to edible cannabis products," and "guidelines for home cultivation and use" haven't been properly outlined - especially for homes with children. Do the Liberals want the next generation to be one which grows up eating marijuana in their after school snack of milk and cookies?

Legalizing marijuana is already a highly controversial topic. If the Liberals are not prepared with proper guidelines for distributing legal marijuana, why are they trying to bring it to the streets of Ontario as soon as July 2018?

Laura Vis

Grand Valley

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49 CN ON: Pallister Balks At Cannabis Tax PitchWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Robertson, Dylan Area:Ontario Lines:102 Added:10/06/2017

Too soon to talk taxation before cost of legalizing marijuana is clear, Manitoba premier says

OTTAWA - Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister's frosty relationship with Ottawa was on full display on Tuesday as he ridiculed a proposal to split a 10 per cent levy on recreational marijuana and blasted controversial business-tax reforms.

The premiers' meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was meant to find common ground on issues like bridging Indigenous employment gaps. But an afternoon press conference showed the rifts to be growing.

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50 CN ON: Trudeau's Plan For Marijuana Tax Catches Premiers Off GuardWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Curry, Bill Area:Ontario Lines:128 Added:10/06/2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has surprised premiers with a plan to impose a 10-per-cent federal tax on recreational marijuana and split the expected new revenue 50-50 with the provinces.

With the clock ticking toward the Liberal government's goal of legalizing marijuana by July, 2018, Ottawa and the provinces are working to answer the many questions raised by the change, including the price, age limits and how the product will be sold.

After a day-long private meeting that touched on a wide range of topics, Mr. Trudeau confirmed to reporters that he delivered an opening proposal for how marijuana should be taxed.

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