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1 CN BC: Federal Government Releases Draft Cannabis LegislationThu, 30 Nov 2017
Source:Valley Voice, The (CN BC) Author:Joyce, Art Area:British Columbia Lines:107 Added:11/30/2017

The Liberal government has released its draft legislation for Bill C-45, known in shorthand as the 'Cannabis Act' for legalizing marijuana. And according to Kootenay Outdoor Producers Cooperative co-founder Todd Veri, it's better than just good news for small producers - it's everything they'd hoped for.

"Our big concern was that they wouldn't allow outdoor growing or that they'd make life impossible for the co-operative model," says Veri. "Based on the report the government put together last year, we believed the government was going to go in the right direction but might need a nudge from us. It seems they took into account our documentation - we had five or six points we wanted to address and they addressed them all in the draft legislation."

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2 CN BC: Metro Municipalities Brace For Cannabis Retail Gold RushWed, 29 Nov 2017
Source:Business In Vancouver (CN BC) Author:Santvoort, Albert Van Area:British Columbia Lines:247 Added:11/29/2017

Some cities want to prohibit all recreational marijuana sales; others have already started licensing dispensaries

Ottawa's Cannabis Act, Bill C-45, passed third reading in the House of Commons on November 27, little more than seven months before the federal government's July 1, 2018, target date for legalizing recreational marijuana. The bill must be approved by the Senate and achieve Royal Assent but the writing is on the wall that legalization is on the way.

The B.C. government has yet to reveal how it plans to regulate retail sales for non-medicinal marijuana.

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3CN QU: Marijuana Plan Pleases Some, But Has Many DoubtersFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Riga, Andy Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

Safe-driving activists, pot dispensers and businesses all have their own views

Two cannabis activists aren't impressed with the marijuana legalization plan Quebec announced Thursday. But a group that works to decrease impaired driving praised the proposed legislation.

Here's a look at some of the reaction to Bill 157:

Marc-Boris St-Maurice, a longtime pot activist and founder of the Montreal Compassion Centre medical-marijuana dispensary:

"Their plan is still half-baked," he said, noting guidelines announced Thursday are in a draft bill that might change.

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4CN ON: Pot Goes Bay StreetSat, 04 Nov 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Zochodne, Geoff Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/06/2017

The marijuana industry is moving from counterculture to corporate. Not everyone is happy about it.

On a grey Friday morning early last month, the Mayor of Niagara Falls, Ontario, took the stage to deliver the welcoming address at the Grow Up Cannabis Conference and Expo, one of the bigger industry events that have sprung up around Canada's burgeoning marijuana sector.

Sporting a tie with what he described as "green flowers," Jim Diodati warmed up the audience with an anecdote about how as a politician he had braced for the "moment of truth," when he would be asked by the press if he had ever smoked marijuana (he had experimented once upon a time, he told a reporter, but was no longer a user).

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5 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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6 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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7CN ON: Marijuana Advocate Back In NiagaraTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:Standard, The (St. Catharines, CN ON) Author:Law, John Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

Grow Up Expo features Jodie Emery as speaker at convention focused 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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8 CN ON: Pot Advocate Back In FallsTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:Law, John Area:Ontario Lines:118 Added:10/06/2017

Grow Up Expo features Jodie Emery as speaker at convention focused 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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9 CN ON: Complaints Drive Pot Shop Raids, Police ClaimMon, 25 Sep 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Carruthers, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:70 Added:09/27/2017

A police raid on a new downtown London pot shop resulted from citizen complaints, not because the illegal business was openly selling cannabis to anyone older than 19, the city's police chief says.

Police swooped in on the London Relief Centre on Richmond Street last Wednesday, less than two weeks after it opened in defiance of the law, charging five staffers and seizing cannabis and cash.

But unlike the spring crackdown on pot shops, when police raided five dispensaries across the city, last week's clampdown only targeted the Richmond Row operation, leaving London's four other dispensaries unscathed.

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10CN ON: 'Consider Yourself On Notice' Province Tells Illegal Pot ShopsSat, 09 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:09/13/2017

At the jam-packed Cannabis Culture store on Bank Street, staffer Ming Saad says she's not concerned about the provincial government's threat to shut down illegal marijuana stores.

"We're not going to go down without a fight, and I hope the other dispensaries won't, either," she said cheerfully on Friday, shortly after the provincial government announced it will open 150 cannabis stores run by the LCBO by 2020.

The illegal shops like Cannabis Culture that have sprouted across the province, especially in Ottawa, Toronto and Hamilton, were shut out of the provincial plan. There won't be any independently owned stores. The government also promised to close the illegal shops.

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11 CN ON: Cops Weed Out 7 T.O. Pot ShopsFri, 23 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Levy, Sue-Ann Area:Ontario Lines:63 Added:06/23/2017

Latest raids to curb illicit sales

Toronto's seven Canna Clinics have gone up in smoke.

A team of Toronto Police, working alongside the city's Municipal Licensing and Standards (MLS) officials, raided all seven illegal weed shops Thursday morning.

In an investigation that stretched to Canada's west coast, a total of 12 warrants were issued for 15 locations - 12 of them in Toronto and three in Vancouver.

According to Toronto Police spokesman Mark Pugash, that included five residences in Toronto with ties to the Canna Clinic operations, along with three similar residences in Vancouver. All seven clinics were padlocked and police were busy inside Thursday morning gathering evidence.

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12 CN MB: Weeding Out AnxietyFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Larkins, David Area:Manitoba Lines:73 Added:04/25/2017

4/20 participants extol virtues of pot as drug that helps you cope

Leigh Filbert admits he lived the "rock-star lifestyle" in the past and acknowledges now his body is paying for it.

Filbert suffered a stroke a little over a year ago that left the right side of his body paralyzed. He suffers from anxiety he also contends is paralyzing, emotionally.

Attending his first 4/20 rally, Filbert biked around the Legislature grounds on Thursday "to gather constructive information" about the cannabis movement as he continues on his road to recovery.

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13 CN ON: Marijuana Charges Won't Stop Activism Tour, Emery DeclaresSat, 22 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Rider, David Area:Ontario Lines:46 Added:04/24/2017

Canada's best-known marijuana activists emerged from a Toronto court appearance vowing to hit the road on a national tour demanding true pot legalization, not "prohibition 2.0."

Jodie and Marc Emery face charges including pot possession and possession for the purpose of trafficking after police raided their Cannabis Culture shops in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver.

Out on bail, they were told Friday to return to Old City Hall court May 23.

"This is no way to treat people in 2017 for something that will be legal next year," thanks to the sacrifices of activists including her husband, Jodie Emery told reporters.

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14 Canada: O'Leary Backs Marijuana LegalizationThu, 20 Apr 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Stone, Laura Area:Canada Lines:140 Added:04/22/2017

Other Conservative candidates have expressed mixed reactions to the Liberals' proposal to overturn prohibition of the drug

Conservative leadership candidates are split over marijuana policy, with Kevin O'Leary the only serious contender voicing support for legalization and Maxime Bernier refusing to say whether he'll vote in favour of the Liberal legislation to lift the prohibition on the recreational use of cannabis.

Mr. O'Leary said up to 30 per cent of the population uses the drug medicinally and recreationally, and he believes the Conservative Party membership understands it has to embrace "a much larger constituency."

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15 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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16 CN ON: Jodie Emery's Marijuana Mission In LifeThu, 13 Apr 2017
Source:NOW Magazine (CN ON) Author:Delamont, Kieran Area:Ontario Lines:204 Added:04/14/2017

The queen of Canada's movement to legalize marijuana has not been afraid to cultivate her undeniable girl-next-door charm - or invite controversy - for the cause. And now, an escalating series of police raids that have shut down the Cannabis Culture chain

Jodie Emery types eagerly on her iPhone. "This is a good one," she says. We're barely a minute into our interview at a small Ethiopian restaurant near the gay village, and she's on Twitter calling out Toronto police. It's absurd, she says, that they're spending resources raiding marijuana dispensaries with legalization just around the bend. Where the TPS is concerned, Emery can be forgiven for seeming a bit spiteful. It's just shy of three weeks since she and her husband, Marc Emery, who's riding shotgun tonight, were arrested at Pearson International Airport (on their way to a marijuana expo in Spain) and slapped with a string of marijuana-related offences - 15 for him, five for her, ranging from trafficking to possession of the proceeds of crime to conspiracy - after raids on their Cannabis Culture stores.

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17 CN ON: Cops Raid Pot Shop AgainThu, 23 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Boland, Jack Area:Ontario Lines:58 Added:03/24/2017

Marijuana, cash seized from Cannabis Culture stores

Cannabis Culture has been clipped again.

The Broadview Ave. and Queen St. E. pot shop was raided just after noon Wednesday by uniformed and undercover Toronto Police officers.

Two warrants were executed by police at the Leslieville location and a second one at St. Clair Ave. E. in East York, according to a Toronto Police spokesman.

Before 2 p.m., several large evidence bags yielded copious amounts of bud, cash and unknown containers, which were loaded into the rear of a police minivan on Queen E.

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18 CN BC: PUB LTE: It's Time To Overturn Pot LawsThu, 23 Mar 2017
Source:Parksville Qualicum Beach News (CN BC) Author:Fergusson, Ed Area:British Columbia Lines:39 Added:03/23/2017

Thank you to Ryan Scott and Lisa Leger (Letters, March 16) and Scott Harrison (Letters, March 14) for shedding some light on the marijuana issue.

Mayor Lefebvre, it is great to be so law-abiding. I agree if you are speaking about fair, reasonable,realistic laws. However, like our marijuana laws, that should have made marijuana legal 30 years ago, there are some unreasonable, unrealistic, unpopular laws that must be disobeyed to cause change.

It is too bad that Rosa Parks could not come to discuss the issue with you. I am sure that Rosa would understand Marc Emery and his wife and many others suffering from the same discrimination. Do you think residential school survivors would recommend obeying the power establishment again? It was the law!

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19CN BC: 'I Will Not Stop Being An Activist'Tue, 21 Mar 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/21/2017

Canada's "Princess of Pot" flew home to Vancouver Monday to cut ties with the cannabis empire she and her husband spent decades growing.

Jodie Emery returned to her Chinatown apartment for the first time since being released from custody earlier this month in Toronto, where she, her husband Marc Emery, and three other associates in the Cannabis Culture business were arrested and charged with a range of offences including drug trafficking.

"I am so grateful to be back where the nature and the forest and the mountains can soothe my soul, after that concrete jungle," she said Monday in her first interview since returning to Vancouver.

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20 CN ON: Smoke AlarmThu, 16 Mar 2017
Source:NOW Magazine (CN ON) Author:Delamont, Kieran Area:Ontario Lines:99 Added:03/17/2017

Police crackdown on Cannabis Culture dispensaries clouds future of Prince of Pot

The faint smell of marijuana smoke hung in the halls of Old City Hall on Friday, March 10; dozens had turned out for the bail hearing of Cannabis Culture dispensary owners Marc and Jodie Emery.

Bail conditions for Cannabis Culture's Marc Emery include his not being involved in operation of the stores.

The "Prince and Princess of Pot" were arrested, along with Chris Goodwin, Erin Goodwin and Britney Guerra, on Wednesday night and charged with a raft of marijuana-related offences, including trafficking and possession of the proceeds of crime. The arrests were part of Project Gator, a nationwide operation coordinated by Toronto police specifically targeting six Cannabis Culture locations in Toronto and Hamilton and Cannabis Culture's magazine offices in Vancouver, where computers were seized but no charges were laid against staff. Two Cannabis Culture stores in Ottawa were also raided, although police say those were not connected to Project Gator.

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