OTTAWA - With the Liberal cannabis legalization bill now being debated
in the Senate, the Conservative Party's health critic used poetry
Friday to ask for sober second thought.
Marilyn Gladu implored the upper chamber to "keep our great country
safe from all the weed" Friday after the Senate's first debate on Bill
C-45, a federal framework for legal marijuana, got underway Thursday
The House of Commons passed the federal bill Monday. It must get
through an unpredictable Senate before it can become law. So far,
eight provinces and territories have unveiled plans ahead of the
government's July 1, 2018, deadline for Canadians to access legal pot.
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A Carlington pot shop won't reopen after a fire now being probed by
arson investigators, says a city councillor who's long been opposed to
the illicit enterprise.
The owners of Ottawa Cannabis Dispensary did not respond to an
interview request but Coun. Riley Brockington said that they told him
Friday that the Laperriere Avenue shop had closed before it was gutted
by an early morning fire and they are no longer in the business.
Brockington is disappointed that arson is suspected in the fire, which
was near homes and across the street from a Montessori school. Nearby
businesses include an auto body shop with a stack of tires, and a chip
truck out front with a large propane tank.
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MORE than 21 per cent of adult Manitobans used cannabis in the past
year and another 21.1 per cent may try it after legalization, new data
from the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba suggests.
The figures come from an anonymous phone survey of 1,201 adults in
September. The alcohol and gambling regulator, whose mandate will
include marijuana, says its sample is "quasi-representative" of the
province's adult population. The survey found 55.2 per cent of
Manitobans have used cannabis, with 16 being the most common age of
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On July 1, 2018, marijuana is going to be legalized in Canada.
However, there is no need to fear. In fact, Canadians should feel more
at ease as July 1 approaches.
Legalization means many things for Canadians. Once a substance is
legalized, it directly and aggressively hemorrhages revenue from the
black market. When criminal organizations lose money, they lose power.
When they lose power, they lose their ability to negatively affect
This will be akin to what occurred when prohibition ceased in the
United States. All these criminal organizations lost their power and
wealth once alcohol was relegalized. Legalization, in turn, made
society at large safer and more hospitable.
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Legalized marijuana will 'enslave our youth" and turn the federal
government into "the new pusher on the block," a Chatham politician
says - drawing a rebuke from the community's top publichealth official.
Dave Van Kesteren said that nothing about the federal government's
Cannabis Act is good, but he's particularly concerned about how it
allows youth ages 11 to 17 to carry up to five grams of cannabis.
"Doctors have been saying, psychiatrists have been saying, that
because the brain is still forming and is not fully formed by the time
somebody is 25, somebody below that age should certainly not be using
it," the Conservative member said in an interview.
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A SLIGHT majority of Manitobans disagree with Premier Brian
Pallister's calls to delay federal legalization of cannabis in Canada,
according to a new online poll from the Angus Reid Institute.
Fifty-eight per cent of Manitoba respondents say, "The timeline should
not be changed." Nationwide, 53 per cent of all respondents agree.
The Angus Reid Institute's online poll used a sample of 1,510
Canadians who were randomly selected members of the pollster's
proprietary Angus Reid Forum, which the website describes as a
representative panel of "almost 130,000 Canadian households." The
poll, conducted Nov. 14 to 20, includes a sample of 101 Manitobans.
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Why is Canada being changed for the worse? For example, young peoples'
brains are definitely adversely affected by THC in marijuana and yet
we are legalizing this garbage? We, soon, will be a nation of idiots.
Why is it that our judiciary is letting a convicted murderers out on
un-escorted passes i.e. Melissa Todorovic and Tara Sanderson. Are the
victims granted life again? NO, but the murderers are not punished.
They just get a slap on the wrist and their lives go on. Why is it
that I think that Canada's judicial system is a joke?
Our bending over backwards to be oh-so accommodating is turning logic
and common sense upside-down. Where is this "Oh aren't we so tolerant
and accommodating" going to end? We have to get back to logic and
Absolutely everybody in sight has had a go at Ronald Orr this week.
Which, just as a polite heads-up to the man's friends and family, is
not going to stop me from joining in. Orr is the Alberta MLA who rose
in the provincial legislature on Wednesday to discuss his fears about
the "social and economic experiment" of marijuana legalization.
This happened during the debate on Alberta's bill making arrangements
to meet the federal government's legalization deadline. Orr, a
religious minister and former construction contractor, attracted
national attention because he started gibbering about Chinese history,
the Opium Wars, and the Cultural Revolution. The Vietnam War found its
way in there, somehow. The fella jumped around quite a bit.
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A group of Alberta's future doctors are calling on the provincial
government to use cannabis tax revenue to fund mental health
initiatives for youth.
At least, that will be the pitch when 40 medical students from the
University of Alberta and University of Calgary get together Monday
with MLAs from various parties.
The Alberta Medical Students' Association has previously used its
annual meeting at the legislature to push for investments in mental
health, but this time the group wants funding for young adults and
children at risk of adverse childhood experience. They are also
calling for the formation of a cannabis and youth advisory board to
work on future prevention, education and intervention efforts.
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Alberta cities want to hash out details on dealing with fallout from
Who's going to do what, who's going to pay for what?" Barry Morishita,
Alberta Urban Municipalities Association
The newly elected president of the Alberta Urban Municipalities
Association, Barry Morishita, said the NDP government has been good at
keeping municipalities in the loop as it works through cannabis
But the Brooks mayor said municipalities are still looking for answers
in some areas as the July 1, 2018, deadline for legalization moves
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The Honolulu Police Department is reviewing a controversial policy
that requires legal marijuana patients to turn in their firearms.
The reconsideration follows community backlash since the Honolulu
Star-Advertiser reported earlier this week that HPD has sent letters
to at least 30 medical cannabis users who are permitted gun owners
telling them to surrender their firearms.
The new police chief, Susan Ballard, hasn't said what her position is
on the issue. HPD spokeswoman Michelle Yu said Ballard is reviewing
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COLUMBUS - One day after Ohio announced its choices for larger growing
sites that would fuel a fledgling medical marijuana industry, a legal
challenge was announced that could throw a wrench into the works.
Ironically, such a lawsuit would be filed by some of the chief players
behind 2015's failed ResponsibleOhio ballot initiative that would have
legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use.
"Whether we end up with a license or we don't end up with a license,
that's not what this is about..." said Jimmy Gould, chairman and chief
executive of CannAscend Ohio. "I care that this process is broken. I
care that there should have been better oversight over this process,
and I care where this ends up....
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Within weeks an estimated 150,000 Texas patients suffering from
untreatable epilepsy will have a new means of relief.
Cannabidiol (CBD), a form of medical marijuana, will finally be
delivered to patients who qualify under the state's very strict
guidelines. The CBD reduces or halts convulsive epileptic seizures but
doesn't get the patients stoned.
Right now, the treatment will be available only for certain epilepsy
patients, and it's highly controlled.
We believe availability should be expanded for treatment of other
conditions when there's evidence those patients can be helped. We urge
state lawmakers to begin work through the political and medical
hurdles now so they can make that happen when they meet in 13 months.
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Kratom is an herb from Southeast Asia related to the coffee family.
For centuries, people have used the kratom plant as a traditional
medicine for energy, alertness and pain relief.
It's typically either chewed or dried, ground and ingested in capsule,
smoked or served as tea.
The key psychoactive compounds that produce a "kratom high" are
mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.
A low kratom dosage produces stimulant effects making people more
talkative, alert and energetic, according to a DEA fact sheet. At high
doses, kratom users can experience the drug's sedative effects, the
People can buy kratom online and at head shops, vape shops and more
recently at kava bars that serve herbal drinks.
As more states lessen or eliminate marijuana penalties, the Army is
granting hundreds of waivers to enlist people who used the drug in
their youth - as long as they realize they can't do so again in the
The number of waivers granted by the active-duty Army for marijuana
use jumped to more than 500 this year from 191 in 2016. Three years
ago, no such waivers were granted. The big increase is just one way
officials are dealing with orders to expand the Army's size.
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Grey-Bruce task force expands mandate from mostly meth to other drugs,
The Grey Bruce Task Force on Crystal Meth and Other Drugs is expanding
As part of the expansion, the group, which involves a network of over
30 local partners, has changed its name to the Community Drug and
"We recognize there continues to be crystal met husein the community,
so we are not saying we have solved the problem and it is time to move
on to something else," Alison Govier, coordinator of the Community
Drug and Alcohol Strategy said Friday. "But we are also seeing a trend
in polysubstance use -- dependence on more than one substance at a
time -- so we feel as a community our efforts are better spent to
expand the mandate to include all substances."
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Top grower says science convinced him despite his initial reluctance
Jim Hole is getting into the commercial cannabis game and he couldn't
In fact, the St. Albert greenhouse owner who has dedicated a lifetime
to horticulture can't remember the last time he was this excited about
growing a plant.
This week, Hole's Greenhouses and Atlas Growers, an Alberta-based
medicinal and recreational cannabis producer, joined forces to create
a partnership that they hope will produce the very best commercial
quality harvest of legal marijuana in the industry.
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On Monday, Nov. 27, The Cannabis Act passed third reading. This was
the last vote in the House of Commons before the legislation goes to
the Senate for review and approval. The government's plan is to have
marijuana on the market for recreational use starting July 1, 2018.
I voted "no" to this legislation. Here's why:
The Liberal government has been told by numerous authorities,
including the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, to slow down.
There's no reason the legislation needs to come into effect on July 1,
2018 and law enforcement agents have warned the government of the
negative impact its rushed time frame will have on officers and the
safety of Canadians.
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The proliferation of personal yet industrial-scale marijuana farms,
licensed and shielded by health privacy laws, has created a shadow
market in which individual patients are collectively churning out as
much marijuana as some commercial producers - with none of the scrutiny.
Although they operate under the guise of legitimacy, a Globe and Mail
investigation has found that these personal grow-ops are prime
targets for robberies and abuse by organized crime.
As the federal government edges closer to scrapping Canada's
longstanding prohibition against the sale of recreational marijuana,
the country's two-tiered medical marijuanaregime serves as a major
obstacle to one of Ottawa's frequently stated legalization goals: the
elimination of gangsters from a legal marketplace.
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It will become legal next year, but the local health unit is grappling
with what role it will play in dealing with recreational cannabis.
The federal government has laid out the legal framework to legalize
recreational cannabis use by June, and the province has already set
out how it plans to regulate use throughout Ontario.
The sale of marijuana will only be allowed through
government-regulated stores overseen by the Liquor Control Board of
Ontario (LCBO) and the proposed minimum age to use, purchase and
possess will be 19.
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