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51 CN ON: OPED: Give First Nations Priority Access To Marijuana IndustryTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Quesnel, Joseph Area:Ontario Lines:92 Added:10/06/2017

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

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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52 CN ON: LTE: Stop Legal Marijuana Before It HappensTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:Low, Thomas Area:Ontario Lines:45 Added:10/06/2017

One of my best friends is 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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53CN PI: OPED: Give First Nations Access To Marijuana IndustryTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Quesnel, Joseph Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

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

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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54CN BC: Province Adds $31 Million To The Opioid FightSun, 01 Oct 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Karstens-Smith, Gemma Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

People on the front lines of British Columbia's opioid overdose crisis are applauding the government's announcement of more funding in an attempt to stem the death toll.

Premier John Horgan announced Friday the province will spend more than $31 million over the next three years to increase access to treatment programs, offer more free kits of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone, help front-line workers and empower communities to keep people safe.

Speaking to a crowd of politicians at the Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention, Horgan noted 876 people died in the province between January and July of this year.

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55 CN MB: Editorial: Schools Should Teach Opioid DangersSun, 01 Oct 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)          Area:Manitoba Lines:60 Added:10/06/2017

Schools have been called upon to teach more than the Three Rs for many decades now, but they should add one more assignment to their long list of lessons: Warning students about drug use, especially deadly opioids.

There'll be some who'll say such a message will fall on deaf ears, but we have a duty to try. Today's young people deserve credit for their sensible approach to hazards such as cigarette smoking and impaired driving - they certainly exhibit more common sense than many of their predecessors.

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56 CN AB: CP Rail Cutting Off Access To Injection SiteSun, 01 Oct 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Schnarr, J. W. Area:Alberta Lines:97 Added:10/06/2017

Stafford Drive bridge area being fenced off

CP Rail is cutting off access to one of the most active illicit injection sites in the city in the coming months, which could drive up drug use in other areas of the city.

In a report to Lethbridge Police Commission on Wednesday, ARCHES Executive Director Stacey Bourque told the commission when CP Rail cuts access to the area under Stafford Bridge, many drug users will lose access to an area where ARCHES cleans thousands of used needles every month.

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57CN BC: Column: California Has Blazed Retail Pot Trail For B.C.Mon, 02 Oct 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

B.C. should follow California's lead as it transitions to a legal cannabis environment and authorizes retail marijuana sales next July.

Both jurisdictions are pot-culture capitals and are dealing with too-tight deadlines and too many nuanced problems to properly meet expectations.

California state voters in 2016 endorsed Proposition 64, which approved legal cannabis with retail pot sales starting Jan. 1, 2018.

As of November, adults over 21 could possess (and give each other) up to 28 grams, as well as seven grams of hash, and they can grow up to six plants.

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58Canada: Column: The War On Drugs Is Lost. Try Something ElseSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Black, Conrad Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

The principal initiative undertaken by the Trudeau government has been the legalization of marijuana under tight rules still being elaborated.

I have had a good deal of exposure to the American policy of the so-called War on Drugs, from my time dealing with many pushers and users as students for secondary school matriculation when I was in prison in the United States. I had long been a skeptic about the War on Drugs, which has cost the United States over a trillion dollars and caused the imprisonment of more than two million people (but very few of the kingpins), all while illegal drug use has increased appreciably. The price of drugs has not risen much; supply has not been strained, despite increased use among a growing population.

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59CN ON: Injection-Site Storm Intensifies Over Use Of A City-Owned ParkSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Reevely, David Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

Protesters turn on Coun. Fleury for seeking the closure of temporary tent pop-up clinic

For over a year, Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury has been one of city council's most vocal backers of a supervised drug injection site to save Ottawa drug users from overdoses. Friday, protesters crowded outside Fleury's city hall office, calling him everything but a killer.

About 100 supporters of Overdose Prevention Ottawa and its "pop-up" tent in a Lowertown park chanted "Shame!" and demanded he "man up!" and face them.

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60CN ON: Pop-Up Injection Site Gets Mixed ReviewsSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Helmer, Aedan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

Flyer claims facility has led to spike in drug dealing

A pop-up injection site on the edge of the ByWard Market is drawing mixed reviews from Lowertown residents, landlords and business owners.

An anonymous flyer circulated this week in the area, and shared widely on social media, claims the "unsanctioned and illegal" site operated by Overdose Prevention Ottawa has led to sharp increases in drug dealing, public intoxication, public disorder and discarded needles and other drug paraphernalia littering the downtown streets.

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61 CN ON: Pop-Up Injection Site Gets Mixed Reviews In LowertownSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Helmer, Aedan Area:Ontario Lines:86 Added:10/05/2017

A pop-up injection site on the edge of the ByWard Market is drawing mixed reviews from Lowertown residents, landlords and business owners.

An anonymous flyer circulated this week in the area, and shared widely on social media, claims the "unsanctioned and illegal" site operated by Overdose Prevention Ottawa has led to sharp increases in drug dealing, public intoxication, public disorder and discarded needles and other drug paraphernalia littering the downtown streets.

However, there is no evidence those claims are true.

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62 CN ON: Protesters Crowd Into Councillor's Office To Oppose Closing OfSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Reevely, David Area:Ontario Lines:102 Added:10/05/2017

'POP-UP' SAFE INJECTION SITE IN LOWERTOWN

People crowd in the reception area for councillors' offices at city hall yesterday to protest councillor Mathieu Fleury suggesting a Lowertown 'pop-up' safe-injection site be removed.

For over a year, Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury has been one of city council's most vocal backers of a supervised drug-injection site to save Ottawa drug users from overdoses. Friday, protesters crowded outside Fleury's city hall office, calling him everything but a killer.

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63 CN ON: Charges Dropped Against 'Budtenders'Sat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:10/05/2017

Caught up in pot shop raids

Charges have been dropped against two of the clerks charged in police raids on Magna Terra Health Services marijuana dispensaries last spring.

It's the first time prosecutors in Ottawa have withdrawn charges against "budtenders" working at illegal pot shops. That's in contrast to Toronto, where prosecutors have thrown out many of the drug trafficking charges against marijuana store clerks.

A total of seven people were charged in the raids on Magna Terra outlets on Carling Avenue and on Iber Road in Stittsville last March. Charges against two people were withdrawn, while prosecution of the other five is going ahead, according to court records. Charges can be dropped if there is not enough evidence, or if prosecutors decide it is not in the public interest to proceed.

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64 CN BC: Column: Pot Laws A Challenge For GovernmentSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Knox, Jack Area:British Columbia Lines:93 Added:10/05/2017

They say B.C.'s pot laws have taken so long to sort out because May's provincial election delayed the process.

Either that, or our guys were hot-boxing a van behind the legislature and simply forgot to get it done.

In any case, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth left more questions than answers Monday when, rather than unveiling the regulations many expected, he merely announced a public consultation process.

Ontario might already have its pot plans in place, but here in the birthplace of B.C. Bud, we prefer a more relaxed approach: We'll gather information from stakeholders and the public, or maybe listen to a little Allman Brothers, until Nov. 1.

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65 CN ON: Column: Preparing For Marijuana LegalizationSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Aaron, Bob Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:10/05/2017

When marijuana becomes legal next summer, landlords, tenants and condominium owners can expect an increase in disputes related to both indoor and outdoor smoking.

Effective July 1, 2018, anyone 19 and over will be able to smoke marijuana in their units and grow up to four, one-metre plants per residence.

In the landlord-tenant sphere, landlords may legally prohibit smoking both tobacco and marijuana in new leases, but it may not be possible to prohibit existing tenants.

Condominium corporations can enact smoking bans by amending their declarations, provided that 80 per cent of the unit owners vote in favour of it.

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66 Canada: OPED: Ottawa, Provinces Must Not Let Tax Debate OvershadowThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Wyonch, Rosalie Area:Canada Lines:97 Added:10/05/2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has proposed a 10-per-cent federal tax on sales of marijuana with 50-50 revenue-sharing with the provinces. Although the proposal was a surprise to provincial leaders, for some time, the federal government has articulated that it is seeking a collaborative approach.

The Prime Minister's proposal features a perfectly reasonable tax rate and revenue-sharing arrangement for recreational marijuana. Our analysis shows that a 10-percent tax results in $400-million to $450 million in combined tax revenues and more than 90 per cent of the recreational market being regulated, assuming prices for legal marijuana stay similar to their current level of $7.50 a gram. Higher taxes will not generate increased revenues and will only encourage consumers to switch to illegal supply. Further, harmonized tax rates mean that prices will likely be similar across provinces. This would further minimize the black market, as there would be no profit to be made moving marijuana across provincial borders from a low-tax jurisdiction to a high-tax one.

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67 Canada: OPED: Cannabis: To Eat Or Not To Eat, That Is The BurningThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Charlebois, Sylvain Area:Canada Lines:91 Added:10/05/2017

Ottawa's decision to ban edibles was plainly shortsighted, but recent amendments to allow them are what the public deserves

If all things go to plan, as of July 1, 2018, legal-aged Canadians will be able to walk into a store, experience a perhaps notso-friendly retail environment and buy cannabis. Federal and provincial government leaders are working out how and in what form you will be able to buy it.

Edible items containing cannabis ("edibles") are prepared food products, such as cakes, muffins, candy and drinks. This category also includes the possibility of purchasing a restaurant meal that contains cannabis. Edibles initially were to be banned under Bill C-45, the act to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but this was recently amended to allow these goods. This will take place one year after regular cannabis is legalized in Canada. So it seems Ottawa has changed its mind and, arguably, for some good reasons.

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68 CN AB: Alberta Takes Public-Private Tack On Cannabis SalesThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Cryderman, Kelly Area:Alberta Lines:114 Added:10/05/2017

Blueprint for recreational marijuana sales shares key similarities with proposals in Ontario and New Brunswick, but also shows how varied the provincial approaches will be upon legalization, Kelly Cryderman reports from Calgary

Alberta has joined in the rush by provinces to adapt to Canada's rapidly approaching marijuana legalization, with a draft plan that sets the minimum age at 18 and allows for public consumption in some areas. But the province is undecided on whether storefront sales will be managed by government monopoly or private interests.

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69 Canada: Plan To Add GST, Excise Tax On Cannabis Stokes Black MarketThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Leblanc, Daniel Area:Canada Lines:110 Added:10/05/2017

Ottawa will charge GST on recreational marijuana in addition to the planned excise tax of $1 a gram, threatening to make legal cannabis more expensive than its black-market competition.

The federal government's plan to legalize marijuana by July 1 is designed to replace the illegal market with a heavily regulated industry, but experts say the final sales price will be key to its eventual success or failure. Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Frechette warned Wednesday in a blog post that an excise tax would likely push the price of legal marijuana above black-market prices observed in 2015-16.

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70 Canada: Column: It's Time To Face Facts And Admit Drugged DrivingThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Ibbitson, John Area:Canada Lines:97 Added:10/05/2017

When marijuana use becomes legal next July, more people will drive drugged. Because there is no breath-analysis machine available, police will have a hard time detecting these drivers and securing convictions. Proposed measures to make it easier for police to lay a charge are cumbersome, expensive and possibly unconstitutional.

That doesn't mean the Trudeau government should abandon plans to legalize marijuana. But we should face facts.

"If you're saying to me, 'With these new measures, drug-impaired driving enforcement won't be at a level to have a dramatic deterrent impact on behaviour,' I agree with you," says Robert Solomon, a law professor at the University of Western Ontario who is director of legal policy for Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada.

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71 CN AB: Joint ConsultationThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:89 Added:10/05/2017

Public asked to pipe up on marijuana rules

The NDP government is weighing whether to set up government-run stores to sell marijuana in Alberta or leave the market to private retailers once recreational cannabis is legalized next year.

Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley unveiled the government's proposed framework for legal weed Wednesday, with the province setting 18 as the legal age for consumption - matching the age for alcohol and tobacco use in Alberta.

The province will also mandate that legal weed be sold only in standalone stores, with no sales of alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals in the same facility.

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72CN AB: NDP May Set Up Own Pot ShopsThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

Rules for legal weed set minimum age at 18, allow use in public places

The NDP government is weighing whether to set up government-run stores to sell marijuana in Alberta or leave the market to private retailers when recreational cannabis is legalized next year.

Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley unveiled the government's proposed framework for legal weed Wednesday, with the province setting 18 as the legal age for consumption - matching the age for alcohol and tobacco use in Alberta.

The province will also mandate that legal weed be sold only in stand-alone stores, with no sales of alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals in the same facility.

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73CN AB: Province To Allow Dope-Smoking In Public SpacesThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Southwick, Reid Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

Government proposes permitting pot in provincial parks and on street corners

Next July, you'll be allowed to get high standing on a downtown street corner, walking your dog through Nose Hill Park or hiking in the Rocky Mountains.

In its draft framework for legalized weed, the Alberta government has proposed among the most permissive rules so far in Canada on where pot can be smoked.

They're even more lax than rules in Colorado and other legalized jurisdictions south of the border, according to a researcher who has studied the industry.

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74CN AB: Column: Alberta Would Be Wise To Leave Pot Sales To PrivateThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Varcoe, Chris Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

The Notley government wants public feedback on its new plan to manage legalized pot in the province.

Here's some free advice that could save taxpayers a boatload of cash and a chronic headache.

Don't get into the retail business.

At a news conference in Calgary, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said Wednesday the province is putting together a framework surrounding who can buy and sell cannabis in Alberta.

This comes in response to the federal government introducing legislation to legalize marijuana by next July.

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75 CN AB: Column: Weed Out The Bad IdeasThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Gunter, Lorne Area:Alberta Lines:107 Added:10/05/2017

Alberta NDP's cannabis retail rules could work, as long as sales remain in the private sector

The Notley government's proposed rules for legal pot sales in Alberta, released Wednesday, might just work.

The key will be whether the NDP can be convinced to let private retailers sell weed, rather than selling it through government-owned stores run by bureaucrats and staffed by union members.

The proposals deal with who may buy weed and where, how it may be marketed and how to keep dope-impaired drivers off our roads and toked-up workers out of the workplace.

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76CN AB: NDP Considering Government-Run Cannabis StoresThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

Minister announces policy framework, says legal age to consume will be 18

CALGARY - The NDP government is weighing whether to set up government-run stores to sell marijuana in Alberta or leave the market to private retailers once recreational cannabis is legalized next year.

Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley unveiled the government's proposed framework for legal weed Wednesday, with the province setting 18 as the legal age for consumption - matching the age for alcohol and tobacco use in Alberta.

The province will also mandate that legal weed be sold only in stand-alone stores, with no sales of alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals in the same facility.

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77CN AB: Alberta Sets Ground Rules For PotThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Thomson, Graham Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/05/2017

But as legalization nears, province still unsure how to sell the stuff

If you're old enough to get drunk, you're old enough to get stoned.

That might not be a government slogan, but it pretty much sums up the nub of Alberta's proposed marijuana laws.

Those laws have yet to be drawn up, but on Wednesday morning, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley unveiled the direction the government is headed.

When possession of cannabis becomes legal across Canada next July, here are some of the proposed rules for Alberta:

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78 US CA: Hundreds Applied To Be On California's Pot Advisory CommitteeThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:McGreevy, Patrick Area:California Lines:37 Added:10/05/2017

With just three months left to draft new rules for marijuana sales in California, the state on Wednesday appointed a panel of industry members, health experts, law enforcement officials and union leaders to provide advice during the effort.

The 22-member Cannabis Advisory Committee will help the Bureau of Cannabis Control develop regulations on the cultivation, transport, testing and sale of medical and recreational marijuana, with state licenses scheduled to be issued starting Jan. 2.

"These individuals represent the diverse backgrounds of California and the cannabis industry and have the necessary experience to make the committee successful," said Dean R. Grafilo, director of the state Department of Consumer Affairs. He said hundreds of people applied for the panel.

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79 US MA: Cannabis Exposition Comes To Boston And No, That Smell Is NotThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Finucane, Martin Area:Massachusetts Lines:90 Added:10/05/2017

Organizers of the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition say they expect more than 2,000 people at the event Thursday and Friday at the John B. Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

It's the first time this particular exposition has come to town. The organizers also held events this year in New York and Los Angeles.

"We are planting our flag here," said Dan Humiston, an organizer of the show.

"We anticipate the New England area is going to be the next big market for the industry. All the tea leaves say this part of the country will take off."

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80US CA: California Marijuana Grow Houses Account For 75 Percent OfWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Branan, Brad Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:10/04/2017

If you are 21, you can grow marijuana in California. But the rules vary by city. Here is what's legal in Sacramento if you want to grow pot.

California's illegally grown marijuana, once largely produced in national forests and other outdoor locations, is increasingly found indoors, federal statistics show.

In 2016, authorities seized 313,000 plants from indoor operations in California, which made up 75 percent of all indoor plants taken nationwide, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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81 US CA: San Diego Legalizes Supply Chain For Marijuana OperationsWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Garrick, David Area:California Lines:69 Added:10/04/2017

Making indoor pot farms and manufacturing sites for edible products legal will boost the economy, create jobs and improve the quality and safety of local marijuana, City Council members said before approving the legislation in a 6-3 vote. (Oct. 4, 2017)

Making indoor pot farms and manufacturing sites for edible products legal will boost the economy, create jobs and improve the quality and safety of local marijuana, City Council members said before approving the legislation in a 6-3 vote. (Oct. 4, 2017)

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82 US MA: Mass. Marijuana Commission Working On Budget, RevenueWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) Author:Young, Colin A. Area:Massachusetts Lines:89 Added:10/04/2017

BOSTON - As he prepares an immediate budget request for this fiscal year and his agency's budget request for its first full year in existence, the chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission has been meeting with lawmakers and expects to have an estimate of the CCC's fiscal needs within two weeks.

Chairman Steven Hoffman said he's already held about a half-dozen meetings with state lawmakers and expects to hold another six or seven. The topic of funding for the fledgling CCC, which was not a hot topic of debate in the Legislature during debate on pot taxes, comes up "every single time," he said.

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83 CN ON: PUB LTE: Doomed To FailSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON) Author:Groulx, Matthew Area:Ontario Lines:72 Added:09/30/2017

"It is a law of politics that shamelessness pays, but only in Canada would it be taken to this level of nakedly self-serving, patronizing demagoguery without an indignant shove back from the consuming public. We're just so used to it." - Neil Macdonald, CBC News.

All it would take to legalize cannabis is to remove it from the CDSA schedule. Job done.

Set some sensible regulations, collect some taxes and let the citizens and expert growers of Ontario transition into legality and grow a real industry here. There is a vibrant and thriving Canadian cannabis industry already in existence, with thousands of respectable growers and vendors and products available in hundreds of retail storefronts in Ontario.

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84 CN ON: 50% Want Weed Sold Like Booze, Poll FindsSat, 30 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Benzie, Robert Area:Ontario Lines:70 Added:09/30/2017

Ontario government's plan to sell marijuana 'may be on point,' Forum head says

Half of Ontarians believe recreational marijuana should be regulated like alcohol, a new poll suggests.

Forum Research found 50 per cent of respondents want the government to treat cannabis like alcohol.

That's encouraging news to Premier Kathleen Wynne's administration, which will restrict the sale of legalized weed to 150 stand-alone LCBO-run stores

"It seems the government's marijuana plan may be on point," Forum president Lorne Bozinoff said.

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85CN BC: B.C. Seeks Public Opinion On Upcoming Cannabis RegulationTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Saltman, Jennifer Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/29/2017

The federal decision to legalize is going to have a significant impact on the country, provinces and local governments.

The provincial government has given itself just over five weeks to gather input from municipalities, the public and other stakeholders about non-medical cannabis regulation in B.C.

It's an ambitious deadline, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth conceded on Monday during the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) conference in Vancouver as he announced the province's plans for public consultations.

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86US RI: Preliminary Injunction Prevents Smithfield From RestrictingWed, 27 Sep 2017
Source:Providence Journal, The (RI) Author:Mooney, Tom Area:Rhode Island Lines:Excerpt Added:09/29/2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A Superior Court judge issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday preventing the town of Smithfield from enforcing a recent amendment to its zoning ordinance that restricted the cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana.

In his decision, Superior Court Associate Justice Richard A. Licht questioned whether local communities had the power to regulate "small-scale" medical marijuana cultivation under its zoning authority, which traditionally has been used to determine land use.

In April, the Smithfield Town Council passed an ordinance that limits licensed medical marijuana patients to two mature plants and two seedlings, and only at a patient's primary residence. Rhode Island law specifically allows for the cultivation of 12 mature plants and outlines where medical marijuana can be grown.

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87 CN ON: Smoke Pot Possession RecordsTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Morden, Paul Area:Ontario Lines:115 Added:09/29/2017

That's the desire of Mayor Mike Bradley, who has asked the PM to give his idea serious consideration

SARNIA - Sarnia's mayor wants the federal government to eliminate the criminal records of Canadians convicted of possessing marijuana after recreational use of the drug becomes legal next July.

Mike Bradley sent a letter Monday asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to give "serious consideration" to expunging records for simple possession once marijuana is decriminalized in Canada in July.

"I've had a number of people tell me about the difficulties they've had in their lives because of a simple possession conviction," said Bradley.

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88 CN ON: Detecting Impaired Driving By Cannabis A Concern For PoliceTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:MacAlpine, Ian Area:Ontario Lines:117 Added:09/29/2017

The legalization of cannabis and the challenge of detecting drivers who are high on Ontario roads once the drug is legalized on Canada Day next year is one of the many community safety subjects being discussed at the Ontario Chiefs of Police board of directors meeting at the Four Points by Sheraton in Kingston on Monday and Tuesday.

Some of the other items being discussed by the 18-member board include public policy changes in Ontario, the future of policing, new legislation on the Safer Strategy for Ontario, and further investment in the Ontario Police College.

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89 CN ON: More Help Needed: Top CopWed, 27 Sep 2017
Source:Metro (Ottawa, CN ON) Author:Tumilty, Ryan Area:Ontario Lines:33 Added:09/29/2017

Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said he will need more resources to address marijuana dispensaries operating in the city and keep them closed.

Speaking at the police services board this week, Bordeleau said they have long held the opinion that the dispensaries operating in the city are illegal and have executed search warrants and arrested staff as a result.

He said now that the province has announced plans to sell through government-run stores the police will need more resources to close the dispensaries that are operating.

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90CN SN: Privacy Branch Probing Online Marijuana SurveyWed, 27 Sep 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Modjeski, Morgan Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:09/29/2017

The Access and Privacy Branch of Saskatchewan's Ministry of Justice is examining concerns around the province's survey on recreational marijuana use after a University of Regina professor identified potential vulnerabilities within the online tool.

Marc Spooner, a professor who specializes in qualitative and participatory action research, originally raised concerns about the fact anyone in Canada - and potentially around the globe - can take the survey.

He argues the survey is "invalid" as a tool for consultation on public policy in Saskatchewan, as there's no way to determine who has been taking the survey, or if it's been compromised by a form of hacking called "freeping " where an online measure is hijacked by a certain group or those with a specific agenda.

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91 CN ON: Will You Try Edible Pot Products?Wed, 27 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto 24hours (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:97 Added:09/29/2017

New study says almost 50% of Canadians would

Nearly half of Canadians say they are interested in trying cannabis-laced edibles such as brownies when marijuana is legalized, according to a study by Dalhousie University professors.

The survey also found that 39 per cent of respondents would be willing to order a dish made with marijuana at a restaurant, but most said they would have no idea how to cook with cannabis at home.

The study was led by Faculty of Management professor Sylvain Charlebois, a specialist in food distribution and policy.

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92 CN ON: Wynne To Work With Mayors On Pot ConcernsWed, 27 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Benzie, Robert Area:Ontario Lines:94 Added:09/29/2017

As legalization approaches, premier promises to help municipalities manage costs

Premier Kathleen Wynne insists the province will not let Ontario cities go to pot once the federal government legalizes marijuana next July. Wynne emerged from a meeting Tuesday with Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area mayors and regional chairs promising a clampdown on illegal storefront "dispensaries" and vowed to help municipalities cope with weed.

"The federal government's legalization of cannabis, of course, has implications for the province as we move to administer the rules," the premier told reporters.

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93CN PI: Editorial: Let There Be Public MeetingsWed, 27 Sep 2017
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI)          Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:09/29/2017

For a government that likes to tout its commitment to openness and public engagement, the MacLauchlan Liberals' decision to forego public meetings on legalizing cannabis is disappointing.

After all, it was the province that issued a call for opinions from Islanders on how P.E.I. should adapt to federal legislation that will make marijuana legal by July 2018.

"Have your say on cannabis legislation," the P.E.I. government website proclaims. "Share your thoughts on what cannabis legislation should look like for Prince Edward Island."

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94 CN BC: PUB LTE: Cannabis And EducationFri, 29 Sep 2017
Source:Coast Reporter (CN BC) Author:Renaud, Judith Area:British Columbia Lines:57 Added:09/29/2017

Editor:

Re: Bill Good's "Emery pot bust makes no sense," Sept. 22.

Instead of continuing to waste money on the failed War on Drugs, we should end drug prohibition and spend the money we save on making all schools safe places to learn.

I have recently returned from Ottawa after being invited to testify as an expert witness to the Standing Committee on Health regarding Cannabis Act C-45 in the House of Commons on Sept. 13. The topic of the panel was Legal Age for Possession and Cannabis Youth Use.

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95CN BC: Editorial: Too Soon For Pot?Fri, 29 Sep 2017
Source:Tri-City News (Port Coquitlam, CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/29/2017

Ontario has already decided how it will distribute recreational marijuana once it's legal next summer. But many other provinces are in differing stages of identifying how this shift in federal drug policies and policing will be handled.

In B.C., consultation started Monday - with a reportedly swift and massive response - while municipalities are wondering how they will manage this change, especially in the area of zoning, policing and managing costs. Others wonder how potent the pot strains will be and if there will even be enough supply to meet demand.

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96 CN ON: Column: Campaign Must Be HonestFri, 29 Sep 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Soupcoff, Marni Area:Ontario Lines:66 Added:09/29/2017

You're about to legalize a drug that poses more serious risks to young people than it does to adults. You want to make sure young people know about these risks so that they don't see legalization as a green light to start or continue using the drug. (The drug will still be legally off limits for those under 18 at least, but this doesn't tend to mean a lot in practice.) What do you do?

Creating successful anti-drug campaigns is tricky. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program has been used in U.S. schools since the eighties and has proved popular and pervasive.

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97Canada: Column: Pot Education: Truth Is A Good Place To StartFri, 29 Sep 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Soupcoff, Marni Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:09/29/2017

You're about to legalize a drug that poses more serious risks to young people than it does to adults. You want to make sure young people know about these risks so that they don't see legalization as a green light to start or continue using the drug. (The drug will still be legally off limits for those under 18 at least, but this doesn't tend to mean a lot in practice.) What do you do?

Launch an educational campaign, of course. That's why, in anticipation of Canada's legalization of marijuana in 2018, Health Canada has put out a new tender. They're looking for a contractor to create marketing events - geared mostly to teenagers and young adults - that will raise awareness of the health and safety risks of cannabis. Which is a good idea... if the department, and the firm they hire, do their homework first.

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98 CN ON: Column: Pot Education Must Be HonestFri, 29 Sep 2017
Source:Sault Star, The (CN ON) Author:Soupcoff, Marni Area:Ontario Lines:66 Added:09/29/2017

You're about to legalize a drug that poses more serious risks to young people than it does to adults. You want to make sure young people know about these risks so that they don't see legalization as a green light to start or continue using the drug. (The drug will still be legally off limits for those under 18 at least, but this doesn't tend to mean a lot in practice.) What do you do?

Creating successful anti-drug campaigns is tricky. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program has been used in U.S. schools since the eighties and has proved popular and pervasive.

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99 CN BC: Editorial: Need Time To AdaptFri, 29 Sep 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:92 Added:09/29/2017

The B.C. government is making time to listen as it plans new marijuana regulations, even though the listening will leave only a few months to finish crafting the rules for the coming new era of legal pot. Mike Farnworth, minister of public safety and solicitor general, said this week that the public consultation will be finished by Nov. 1. The government will have to finish writing rules and regulations by next summer.

The federal government introduced legislation in April that would legalize recreational marijuana by July 1, 2018, but is leaving it up to each province to determine its own distribution system and usage regulations.

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100 CN BC: Editorial: Clock Ticking On New Pot LawsFri, 29 Sep 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:92 Added:09/29/2017

The B.C. government is making time to listen as it plans new marijuana regulations, even though the listening will leave only a few months to finish crafting the rules for the coming new era of legal pot.

Mike Farnworth, minister of public safety and solicitor general, said this week that the public consultation will be finished by Nov. 1. The government will have to finish writing rules and regulations by next summer.

The federal government introduced legislation in April that would legalize recreational marijuana by July 1, 2018, but is leaving it up to each province to determine its own distribution system and usage regulations.

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