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21 CN AB: Important To Be Informed About Marijuana, SACPA ToldFri, 10 Nov 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Schnarr, J. W. Area:Alberta Lines:64 Added:11/13/2017

A discussion on medicinal marijuana, its uses and who is using it was the on the menu at the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs' weekly speakers series.

Dr. Ife Abiola, medical director for the 420 Clinic, spoke on the drug and gave anecdotal information on many of the patents seen at the clinic.

He said it is important for local residents to get informed on the drug ahead of impending national legalization.

"This is going to be changing a lot of different facets of our lives," he said. "You can expect to be seeing whether it's through a medical clinic, dispensary or other people just using in a ubiquitous way in our lives. Everyone needs to have a certain level of education about this. "

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22CN AB: Private Sector To Operate Pot ShopsFri, 10 Nov 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Graney, Emma Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/13/2017

But NDP legislation would leave online sales to the government

Plans are underway for legal marijuana to be sold in Alberta through private bricks-and-mortar stores, but online sales will be controlled by the government, Postmedia has learned.

Legislation governing the sale of weed once it becomes legal July 1 will be introduced in the legislature next week. Governmentcontrolled online sales is meant to alleviate safety concerns raised by Albertans in response to the NDP's planned pot framework, released Oct. 4, sources say.

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23CN AB: Ex-Police Chief Trying To Ensure Sale Of Pot Done RightThu, 09 Nov 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Southwick, Reid Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/11/2017

Rick Hanson spent four decades in policing - more than seven of those years as Calgary's chief - where he made a career out of fighting organized crime and the local drug trade. Nearly three years into his retirement, it may come as a surprise he is now involved in the cannabis industry.

But Hanson said Wednesday he is among a growing number of former senior police officers across Canada who are leveraging their experiences to ensure legalization is done safely while eliminating criminals from the supply chain.

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24 CN AB: Two Former Ministers Promoting Pot IndustryWed, 08 Nov 2017
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS) Author:Cotter, John Area:Alberta Lines:51 Added:11/11/2017

Two former Alberta government cabinet ministers and a police chief are part of a group that is working to promote the legal recreational marijuana industry.

Former justice minister Jonathan Denis belongs to an organization called the Canadian Cannabis Chamber that is providing legal, lobbying and security advice to companies as Canada prepares for the legalization of pot next July.

Denis said he never dreamed he would be working as an advocate for an industry that will sell a substance that people were arrested for during his years as Alberta's solicitor general.

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25 CN AB: Pot Committee CreatedFri, 03 Nov 2017
Source:Metro (Calgary, CN AB) Author:Edwardson, Lucie Area:Alberta Lines:63 Added:11/06/2017

Feds plan to legalize recreational pot by July 2018

The day of cannabis legalization looms over local governments and law enforcement - including Calgary police - but they're taking it in stride.

At the October Calgary Police Commission meeting, CPS chief Roger Chaffin said the best time to know the exact legislation to come on July 1 would have been "in the past," but said they're already taking steps to address legalization now.

The province's cannabis framework, released in early October, proposes Albertans will have to be at least 18 years old to buy pot from the specialized retail stores selling it.

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26 CN AB: Edmonton Festival Organizers Pondering Merky Pot PoliciesSun, 05 Nov 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Johnson, Doug Area:Alberta Lines:92 Added:11/05/2017

As the province and city ponder their pot policies, how and if Edmontonians will be able to smoke marijuana at festivals is still up in the air.

The province's proposed framework treats the inhalation of cannabis in public much like tobacco products, with the added caveat that it can't be used near schools and hospitals or in vehicles.

The specifics on how pot will be consumed in public and on festival grounds will ultimately depend on how the different levels of government roll out legislation.

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27CN AB: Column: NDP Needs To Focus On The Rules Surrounding MarijuanaTue, 31 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Breakenridge, Rob Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/31/2017

That should be the extent of government involvement in the sale of pot

There may be one upside in organized labour's embrace of government owned and operated retail cannabis outlets in that it may convert some conservatives who were previously opposed to legalization into champions of private pot proprietors.

Otherwise, though, it's hard to see any value in the proposition that the Alberta government be tasked with establishing and overseeing marijuana stores come next year. Last Friday marked the end of the government's consultation process, and it had left the door open on this rather fundamental question.

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28 CN AB: PUB LTE: MP Misses Point Of Safe Injection SitesTue, 31 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Schulz, Petra Area:Alberta Lines:41 Added:10/31/2017

Re. "MP hosts impassioned debate over supervised injection sites in southwest," Oct. 30

The title should have been "MP misses the point." Supervised consumption services (SCS) primarily save lives, and anyone who has lost a loved one can tell you how important that is.

Our son Danny died from an overdose in 2014. He was only 25, was a promising young chef and is dearly missed. There are many families like ours who are members in our group Moms Stop The Harm, who live in MP Matt Jeneroux's riding of Edmonton-Riverbend. I encourage him to meet them.

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29 CN AB: NDP To Roll Out Its Cannabis Legislation In Fall SittingSat, 28 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Cryderman, Kelly Area:Alberta Lines:103 Added:10/30/2017

Alberta will introduce legislation laying out its plan for cannabis legalization, and also make a final call on whether storefront sales will be managed by government monopoly or private interests, before the end of the year.

Alberta laid out the broad strokes of its cannabis plan earlier this month. But NDP government House Leader Brian Mason said Friday the province will introduce two pieces of legislation in the fall sitting: One will deal with the road-safety and impairment aspects of cannabis and the other dealing with cannabis regulation, including distribution, sales, where it can be consumed and the minimum legal age. He added that, across the country, everyone is scrambling to have their own province-specific laws in place before Ottawa's July 1, 2018, deadline for recreational marijuana legalization.

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30 CN AB: Column: Despite Fanfare, Medical Benefits Of Marijuana RemainSat, 28 Oct 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:McLeod, Scott Area:Alberta Lines:104 Added:10/30/2017

Many Canadians can hardly wait for the day that the recreational use of marijuanabecomes legal. As a medical doctor, I'm far less enthusiastic. I worry about two things: The experimental nature of marijuana in medical practice and the public health consequences of legalized marijuana.

Before you write me off as overly prudish or an anti-marijuana conservative, let me say out of the gate that I'm not opposed to legalized marijuana in principle - I'm just paying attention to the evidence, or rather, the lack of it. My concern is that as marijuanabecomes more easily available, Canadians may become more inclined to self-medicate with this so-called "miracle drug."

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31 CN AB: Former Cop Urges Caution Regarding Cannabis In The WorkplaceSat, 28 Oct 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:80 Added:10/30/2017

Ed Secondiak began his Friday lecture on cannabis in the workplace by cautioning against potential dangers of the soon-to-be-legalized substance.

"We would consider marijuana a dangerous drug simply because impairment is not recognized by the individual or perhaps the person (working) with them," said Secondiak, a former drug enforcement RCMP officer who now works with ECS Safety.

The talk at Medicine Hat College was organized by APEX and intended for local employers, whom Secondiak encouraged to ask questions at any time.

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32CN AB: Column: A Private-Public Rumble Sparked By Pot StoresFri, 27 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Varcoe, Chris Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/30/2017

NDP MLA mulls hybrid model for sales as marijuana legalization draws nearer

Chatting with MLA Craig Coolahan about the Alberta Heritage Fund this week, a more burning topic of public debate sparked up.

Should the Alberta government run its own pot stores?

The NDP MLA for Calgary-Klein said the topic keeps resurfacing, particularly as the deadline for public feedback on Alberta's new marijuana framework wraps up Friday.

"I've been talking about cannabis all week," said Coolahan, who serves as chair of the legislative committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund.

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33 CN AB: Editorial: Hands Off The Weed!Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:64 Added:10/30/2017

To paraphrase rock outfit The White Stripes: Premier Rachel Notley, we've said it once before but it bears repeating.

Do not listen to public sector unions when it comes to marijuana sales in Alberta.

Following on the heels of the Alberta Federation of Labour, the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) members last weekend voted in favour of a resolution supporting the sale of cannabis in provincially run stores when the practice is made legal next July.

As we have previously stated in this space, the sales should be left to the private sector, which has the experience and track record in managing sales of a regulated product - tobacco and alcohol.

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34 CN AB: Editorial: Too Much Green To Go With Public PotFri, 27 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:66 Added:10/30/2017

To paraphrase rock outfit The White Stripes: Premier Notley, we've said it once before but it bears repeating.

Do not listen to public sector unions when it comes to marijuana sales in Alberta.

Following on the heels of the Alberta Federation of Labour, the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) members last weekend voted in favour of a resolution supporting the sale of cannabis in provincially run stores when the practice is made legal next July.

As we have previously stated in this space, the sales should be left to the private sector, which has the experience and track record in managing sales of a regulated product - tobacco and alcohol.

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35CN AB: OPED: Safe Injection Sites A Small Step But Big Milestone InWed, 25 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Williams, Shelley Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/30/2017

Coalition of agencies is working to provide 24/7 service, Shelley Williams writes.

Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services Edmonton, known as AMSISE, is a coalition of 25 individuals and groups, including people with lived experience, community agencies, medical, academic, and public sector representatives.

AMSISE started as a conversation with Edmonton's harm reduction needle distribution service, Streetworks, in January of 2012 and continues to be a community-driven initiative.

The focus is on people with severe and chronic addictions, usually homeless, whose chaotic and furtive injection-drug use takes place in unsafe environments, including parks, back alleys, behind dumpsters, along fences, and in agency and public washrooms. Multiple studies have established a direct link between unstable housing and public injecting. Communities will benefit by reducing unsafe needle debris as an unintentional hazard.

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36CN AB: MP Hosts Impassioned Debate Over Supervised Injection Sites InMon, 30 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Theobald, Claire Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/30/2017

Heated debate erupted in the gymnasium at Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour School Saturday as residents of Edmonton-Riverbend argued over whether their suburban community would ever welcome supervised injection sites.

"It was pretty clear that a lot of people weren't supportive of safe injection sites coming into suburban areas, which we've been hearing through letters to the office and phone calls," said Matt Jeneroux, MP for Edmonton-Riverbend.

Supervised injection sites - where intravenous drug users can inject under the supervision of medical professionals as a way to reduce overdose deaths - are approved for the Royal Alexandra Hospital, the Boyle McCauley Health Centre, Boyle Street Community Services and the George Spady Society.

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37CN AB: Pot Investors Ride Highs And Lows Of Stock PricesMon, 30 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Southwick, Reid Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/30/2017

It would be crazy to hold these stocks into the legalization date, because in my opinion there's just too much exuberance and too much anticipation.

Rob Armstrong, an oil camp chef living in northern Alberta, plunked $37,000 of his savings into marijuana stocks a year and a half ago. He's quadrupled his money.

Retail investors like Armstrong and larger institutional players have been getting rich from the high-stakes game of betting on the peaks and valleys of cannabis stocks.

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38 CN AB: Injection Site ConcernsSun, 29 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Theobald, Claire Area:Alberta Lines:97 Added:10/29/2017

Safe sites for drug users stir up heated debate at MP-led community forum in southwest Edmonton

Heated debate erupted in the gymnasium at Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour School Saturday as residents of Edmonton-Riverbend argued over whether their suburban community would ever welcome supervised injection sites.

"It was pretty clear that a lot of people weren't supportive of safe injection sites coming into suburban areas, which we've been hearing through letters to the office and phone calls," said Matt Jeneroux, member of parliament for Edmonton-Riverbend.

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39CN AB: Province-Operated Pot Stores Too Expensive, Alberta PartyTue, 24 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/28/2017

The Alberta Party says a network of publicly owned cannabis stores will cost at least $168 million, a price it says is too steep to pay when the private sector is lined up to serve the market when recreational marijuana is legalized next year.

The NDP government has mandated that legal weed be sold in stand-alone stores but has not yet decided whether to set up government-owned and operated stores or allow private retailers.

In a news release Monday, Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark pegged the cost of a public system at $168.4 million.

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40CN AB: OPED: Approving Safe Injection Sites An Act Of 'Courage AndTue, 24 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Hyshka, Elaine Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/28/2017

The evidence points to an urgent need, say Elaine Hyshka and Cameron Wild.

Last week, Health Canada issued the approvals to establish supervised consumption services in Edmonton. Scientific evidence consistently supports the individual and community benefits of these services, and local data demonstrate an urgent need for them in our inner city.

Unfortunately, some people allege ("Safe injection sites will hurt vulnerable communities," Oct. 21) the scientific evidence used to support Health Canada's decision is biased and not credible. We write to correct this misrepresentation of facts.

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