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161 CN AB: Pot Law Draws Mixed ReactionThu, 20 Apr 2017
Source:Cochrane Eagle (CN AB) Author:Seewalt, Lindsay Area:Alberta Lines:110 Added:04/22/2017

Last week the federal government announced it will move forward with its highly-anticipated and contentious pledge to legalize recreational marijuana.

What might possibly be the most memorable piece of legislation undertaken by the Justin Trudeau Liberals will most certainly result in polarizing political and personal stances.

Social media and online reactions range from cheers to fears - including criticisms that the whole movement is nothing short of a government tax grab that has parent and landlord advocates up in arms.

"I've witnessed Justin Trudeau try to manage the economy, electoral reform … I'm not sure I have faith in his ability to protect kids from pot," said Banff-Airdrie Conservative MP Blake Richards.

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162 CN AB: Editorial: Ramifications Of Legal Marijuana Remain CloudyThu, 20 Apr 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Gallant, Collin Area:Alberta Lines:99 Added:04/22/2017

Today is April 20, or 4/20 for short, the day marijuana activists use for protest, public displays of defiance and a call to action to legalize pot.

The times are certainly about to change as Ottawa and the provinces consider the implications of the Liberal government's plan to make marijuana legal.

Concerns about decriminalizing pot, however, have many recreational smokers increasingly leery about receiving what they wished for.

Those are the people who should benefit most from the bill, which is posed as a measure to avoid criminal records and fines for possession of the drug that is extremely common, if one is being honest.

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163 CN AB: Column: Making The Illegal SaferTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Vulcan Advocate (CN AB) Author:Wilson, Morgan Area:Alberta Lines:103 Added:04/21/2017

There's very little middle ground in the debate about safe injection sites.

Lines are quickly drawn between the supporters and the opposition.

I suspect that you could do a bit of political polling during a discussion about "supervised consumption sites" and the lines dividing the participant camps would likely reveal a left-right political split as well.

Conservatives tend to be anti-drug, anti-safe injection types.

Liberals tend to flow to the other side, largely supporting supervised consumption sites.

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164CN AB: Oil And Gas Industry Wants Pot Ban In Dangerous JobsTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Southwick, Reid Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:04/21/2017

Worried that dope-smoking workers could cause a "catastrophic event" at an oil and gas operation, an oilpatch safety group will press the federal and provincial governments to ban marijuana in hazardous workplaces after the drug is legalized.

Enform, which is funded by oil and gas industry groups, had raised its proposed ban with the federal cannabis task force, but the Liberal government's legislation, released last week, is silent on workplace safety.

The group will lobby the provinces and Ottawa to harmonize labour rules to allow for a ban in so-called safety-sensitive workplaces, such as refineries, gas plants and mines, until drug testing for cannabis improves.

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165 CN AB: LTE: Hazy LawMon, 17 Apr 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Temoor, Sohail Area:Alberta Lines:30 Added:04/19/2017

While I do understand the reasoning behind legalizing marijuana, I believe that the public health risks outweigh the legislative benefits. It can cause impairment of both perception and motor skills.

These factors need to be functional to ensure safe driving. A likely outcome of legalizing marijuana is that it may lead to greater incidents of accidents - and possible deaths - due to intoxication. We are already working towards mitigating deaths due to alcohol, adding marijuana to the mix poses an additional liability to public safety.

Sohail Temoor



(People shouldn't drive drunk or stoned.)

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166 CN AB: PUB LTE: Green DreamsSat, 15 Apr 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Fisker, Eric Area:Alberta Lines:35 Added:04/19/2017

I can't help but feeling Ms. Leitch's column is not about marijuana but about her getting votes (of older people?); at the same time she derides Trudeau for, in her opinion using it to get the younger vote.

Having been a teenager in the '70s I've been exposed to smoking dope and know people who do so daily (I am not one of them). I can't think of anyone who has messed up their life, family or career due to this habit. Quite the contrary for people who consume alcohol daily.

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167 CN AB: Column: Legit Weed's Price PointSun, 16 Apr 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Alberta Lines:106 Added:04/19/2017

Buy low, sell high, and other dope on legalized pot

In the bull-bear world of stock-market traders, the smell of fear ultimately tightens sphincter muscles and triggers sell-offs.

Within minutes of Justin Trudeau's Liberals tabling their pot legislation, for example, the TSX began dumping some of its publicly traded marijuana stocks.

The lack of clarity in the Liberals' spanking-new Cannabis Act got speculative investors nervous, which led to a feeling of financial uncertainty, which led to an unloading of stock.

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168 CN AB: Feds Hit Mark On Marijuana Bill: ProducerSat, 15 Apr 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Dawkins, Glen Area:Alberta Lines:74 Added:04/19/2017

Cam Battley recently did a presentation near Calgary where high school students talked about how easy it was to access cannabis in their school. But when he asked if anyone was selling illegal liquor, the answer was no.

"Managing a legal substance like alcohol with age restrictions and regulation has actually worked much better than having a prohibition system," said Battley, the Executive Vice President of Aurora Cannabis which is the second largest producer of medical cannabis in Canada. "That's what we're trying to do with cannabis."

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169CN AB: 'There Wasn't This Escalation In Crime'Fri, 14 Apr 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Cole, Yolande Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2017

Calgary's police chief is backing calls for a local site where drug users could consume substances under medical supervision. Roger Chaffin said preliminary discussions are underway about what a supervised consumption site in the city will look like. He added that police will work to ensure that community members feel safe.

Dr. Thomas Kerr is the co-director of the Addiction and Urban Health Research Initiative at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and the principal investigator of several large cohort studies involving people who inject drugs and people living with HIV/AIDS. He spoke to Postmedia about community concerns when supervised injection facility Insite was established in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside in 2003.

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170 CN AB: Column: Don't Forget About That Omnibus BillFri, 14 Apr 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Alberta Lines:97 Added:04/15/2017

The Liberals' hot-boxing of a marijuana smokescreen

It was a brilliant if not cynical move on the part of the Trudeau Liberals to table their marijuana legislation during the same week they thumped down a 294-page omnibus budget document like those contemptible Harperites were so prone to doing.

After all, if a smokescreen was ever needed for a touchy topic, such as the Liberals' breaking a promise to never table the kind of all-encompassing omnibus bill that riled them up during the Conservatives' years, then what better way than to hot-box it in the progressive hipsterism of legalizing pot?

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171 CN AB: Column: Justin Trudeau Is Telling Our Young People That It'sFri, 14 Apr 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Leitch, Kellie Area:Alberta Lines:85 Added:04/15/2017

This week, the Trudeau Liberals introduced The Cannabis Act, legislation that will legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

I am opposed to this legislation and I will vote against it, but the Liberals will use their majority to pass it.

So when I am elected prime minister in 2019, I will repeal this legislation.

Marijuana, like other pharmaceuticals, is a harmful drug and dangerous when not used under the supervision of a physician. As a physician, I know the impact this drug can have on the developing brains of children and young people. This is clear from the research, which shows that young people who use marijuana have lower high school graduation rates, which puts their future in jeopardy. Worse, the science shows that marijuana use in 18 to 25 year olds can result in brain deformities.

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172 CN AB: Pot Timeline 'Ambitious'Fri, 14 Apr 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Griwkowsky, Catherine Area:Alberta Lines:92 Added:04/15/2017

Notley wants consultations on marijuana policy

It's going to be challenging to get the province ready for the federal government's deadline of July 1, 2018, for legalized marijuana in the country, says Premier Rachel Notley.

Bills tabled Thursday in the House of Commons in Ottawa kickstart a national move toward legalization of recreational pot for people 18 and older.

A lot of decisions in the "very ambitious project"will be left to provinces to figure out before the law takes effect, Notley told reporters Thursday at the Alberta legislature.

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173 CN AB: Chamber Asks Feds To Delay Weed Laws Till Work SafetyTue, 11 Apr 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Boyd, Alex Area:Alberta Lines:41 Added:04/13/2017

With the federal government set to legalize marijuana next summer, the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce is asking the government to hold off another year in order to address what they say are "substantial" workplace safety concerns.

In a release Monday President and CEO Janet Riopel said that while there are "significant economic opportunities" that will come with legal cannabis, there will be concerns for employers, too.

"Many businesses and industry groups have told us that marijuana use is completely incompatible with safety-sensitive workplaces," she said.

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174CN AB: Column: Liberals Should Announce An Amnesty For MarijuanaTue, 11 Apr 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Breakenridge, Rob Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:04/13/2017

With legalization near and courts jammed, why are people still being charged?

In sharp contrast to last year, marijuana activist Dana Larsen's latest visit to Calgary ended up being uneventful, at least from a law enforcement perspective.

As part of Larsen's cross-country Overgrow Canada tour, he was handing out marijuana seeds to those in attendance at Friday's event. Police were briefly present, but left without incident.

It's certainly understandable why police would avoid making a fuss. For one thing, there are numerous places in Calgary where marijuana seeds can be obtained. If Calgary police are going to turn a blind eye to that, it wouldn't make sense to start arresting people at Larsen's event. Moreover, there's the additional hassle of having to prove that these are, in fact, viable marijuana seeds.

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175 CN AB: Column: The Minimum Age To Buy Pot Should Be 21, Not 18Sun, 09 Apr 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Warren, Jim Area:Alberta Lines:111 Added:04/12/2017

The minimum age to buy and consume recreational marijuana should be set at 21 across Canada.

The new provincial rules on weed should also ban anyone 22 years of age and under from having any trace of marijuana in their body while operating a motor vehicle.

That ban should also apply to anyone with less than five years of driving experience.

These rules should be put in place to protect our children.

They are the most vulnerable to the potential perils of legal marijuana. A minimum age of 21 will help keep marijuana out of our high schools

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176CN AB: Column: City Team Needs Power To Be Proactive Ahead OfWed, 05 Apr 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Lakritz, Naomi Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:04/08/2017

Federal legislation is being rushed along, laying the groundwork for a black market

Just what is the Trudeau government's reason for legalizing marijuana on Canada Day 2018? What does pot have to do with Confederation?

Maybe the link is a letter written by Lord Dufferin, governor general of Canada from 1872 to 1878, in which he describes his visit to Charlottetown at the time of Confederation.

"I found the Island in a high state of jubilation and quite under the impression that it is the Dominion that has been annexed to Prince Edward," Lord Dufferin wrote to Sir John A. Macdonald in 1873.

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177 CN AB: Activist Planting Seeds Of Civil Disobedience In Return ToThu, 06 Apr 2017
Source:Metro (Calgary, CN AB) Author:Fox, Autumn Area:Alberta Lines:36 Added:04/06/2017

In a bold move, pro-cannabis activist Dana Larsen is risking arrest again when his speaking tour returns to Calgary this Friday.

Larsen was arrested last year and charged with trafficking and possession with intent to traffic when he distributed free cannabis seeds as part of his Overgrow Canada campaign to give away five million seeds - it was the only city on the tour where police got involved.

Larsen said he bears no ill will towards CPS, but said he'll be more prepared this time.

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178 CN AB: Complications come with legal pot: Police ChiefSat, 01 Apr 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Slade, Gillian Area:Alberta Lines:78 Added:04/01/2017

Legalizing marijuana is not going to reduce policing costs, and in fact, the opposite is true, says Medicine Hat Police Service.

"There are a lot of details to be determined and it certainly is not going to save the police time and money and will probably cost more in the end because there will be regulations to be enforced," said police chief Andy McGrogan.

In the next 10 days the federal government will introduce legislation to legalize marijuana, which will come into effect about a year from now. Provinces will set an age restriction for buying marijuana and determine how it will be accessed at the retail level.

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179 CN AB: Police On High AlertThu, 30 Mar 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:70 Added:03/31/2017

More funding, data sought to help detect drug-impaired driving

The Calgary Police Service wants more information and more funding for drug impairment recognition training of front-line officers before pot becomes legal in Canada.

At a meeting of the Calgary police commission this week, CPS outlined the steps the service is taking following the announcement this week that the Liberal government will introduce legislation to legalize marijuana by July 1, 2018.

Sgt. Richard Butler, who heads the force's alcohol and drug recognition unit, warned the legalization of the drug in other jurisdictions has been accompanied by a rise in collision rates and costs associated with policing drug-impaired drivers.

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180CN AB: City Police Crafting Plan For Legal PotThu, 30 Mar 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:03/31/2017

The Calgary Police Service wants more information and more funding for drug impairment recognition training for front-line officers before marijuana becomes legal in Canada.

At a meeting of the Calgary police commission this week, CPS outlined the steps the service is taking following the announcement this week that the Liberal government will introduce legislation to legalize pot by July 1, 2018.

Sgt. Richard Butler, who heads the force's alcohol and drug recognition unit, warned that the legalization of the drug in other jurisdictions has been accompanied by a rise in collision rates and costs associated with policing drug-impaired drivers.

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