It'll be months before London finds out if it gets the go-ahead and
funding for supervised drug injection sites, but it appears key
players already are walking in unison to support the sites, but
restrict where they can locate.
The area's medical officer of health, a key city planner and an
advocate for the downtrodden all express some confidence there will be
suitable sites sufficiently far from schools and other places
frequented by children.
"I completely understand why the city and stakeholders would want to
limit where it goes," said Chris Mackie, the head of public health in
London and Middlesex County. "I definitely think it will be possible
to find one or two locations that will work."
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Consumer advocacy group concerned marijuana treated differently than
A consumer choice advocacy group has condemned the Manitoba
government's plan to ban homegrown marijuana when it becomes legal in
the country next year.
David Clement, the North American affairs manager for the Consumer
Choice Centre, an independent entity that aims to promote more choice
and freedom for consumers, says the decision to ban the growing of pot
in homes is "silly" questions why the ability
Clement said the reason the CCC has spoken out is two-fold.
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In October, marijuana industry heavy hitter Aurora Cannabis Inc. spent
$3.85-million to acquire BC Northern Lights Enterprises Ltd., a
Vancouver-based company that manufactures refrigerator-sized "grow
boxes." The miniature nurseries, loaded up with high-powered lights,
ventilation systems and hydroponics equipment, are designed to hold
four to 18 marijuana plants and made specifically for the home-growing
BCNL, which has been around for nearly two decades, has been selling
boxes to medical-marijuana users since limited home growing became
legal in 2001 for patients with government-approved growing licences.
With the federal government legalizing recreational cannabis use this
coming summer, BCNL's chief executive officer, Tarren Wolfe, is
expecting an avalanche of new customers. "I believe [the number of
home growers] is at least going to double when the doors open," he
said. That could mean tens of thousands of new hobby horticulturalists
looking for an easy way to cultivate.
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You may think that you will be able to buy marijuana legally as of
July 1. You should think again. Conservative senators are threatening
to hold up passage of the two bills that would legalize cannabis
consumption and toughen rules against abuse. Unless these senators
yield, the bills are unlikely to become law in time for the Canada Day
"I think we have to do our job properly, and that means months,"
Conservative Senator Claude Carignan, the lead opposition critic on
the legislation, said when asked in an interview how long he thought
it would take the Senate to pass the bills. How many months?
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Ontario adolescents are drinking, smoking and using cannabis and other
recreational drugs at the lowest rates since the late 1970s, suggests
a biennial survey of Grade 7 to 12 students by the Centre for
Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
But the 2017 survey released Thursday turned up a disturbing finding:
almost one per cent of respondents in Grades 9 to 12 reported having
taken illicit fentanyl in the previous year, raising a red flag given
the opioid's involvement in hundreds of overdose deaths across the
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"You've come a long way, baby."
This is the famous slogan of the Virginia Slims brand - a long, slim
cigarette marketed to women as a sign of the progress of feminism and
freedom for their gender.
Society has also come a long way in its thinking around the marketing
of products like tobacco, and campaigns that make it seem glamorous.
We have learned that slick marketing images that ran through previous
decades did not just influence adults. The Marlboro Man and images
like it captured the imagination of kids, romanticizing smoking for
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Marijuana is a social evil. Legalizing it will encourage naive people
to use it. That, in turn, increases the number of potheads and the
long list of problems they create.
The government should hold a referendum on marijuana so people of
sense can confirm the need for penalties. It isn't harmless.
Regardless what the government does, don't be a dope. Don't use
John Cleghorn, Sechelt
The latest Corporate Research Associates (CRA) survey this week
probably sent chills down the spines of finance ministers and premiers
across Atlantic Canada. After returning home from Ottawa earlier in
the week with a lucrative tax-sharing deal on the sale of legalized
marijuana, visions of windfall revenues were quickly brought back to
The CRA survey suggests that approximately 20 per cent of Atlantic
Canadians plan to purchase pot once marijuana becomes legal July 1.
That is about the same percentage that uses pot today - illegally.
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Re: PM says sorry for decades of LGBTQ2 bigotry - Nov. 29
I'm convinced that there is now sufficient precedence set by the
apologies and compensations to the LGBTQ2 communities and the First
Nations communities that will allow a heartfelt apology and due
compensation to the marijuana dealers and users community. Indeed, the
dealers of marijuana deserve a greater consideration by the Canadian
government in view of the fact that it intends to take over the
control and distribution of marijuana throughout the Dominion thus
depriving the said dealers of their livelihood.
On a note of self-interest, I must state that I, as a good and true
capitalist, have profited as a dealer in marijuana on the Toronto
Colin Perkel writes the upcoming legalization of marijuana is unlikely
to kill Canada's black market - right away, at least
TORONTO - From texting a local dealer to dropping into a neighbourhood
dispensary or ordering online, Canada's black market for recreational
marijuana has seen significant changes in recent years and, no doubt,
will see more as the country hurtles toward a new world of
legalization next summer.
What does seem clear, however, is that the illegal market is unlikely
to disappear in a puff of smoke come legalization day.
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TORONTO-Communities across Ontario cannot opt out of hosting a
government-run pot shop if they are selected for a site, the
provincial government said Friday after at least one town expressed
resistance to having a cannabis retail location.
If a community is selected to host one of the marijuana shops, it
could delay hosting the store but cannot completely opt out of having
it, said Ontario's Ministry of Finance.
"As we roll out the next phase of stores, we will continue to engage
with municipalities on an ongoing basis including with those
municipalities who may not be ready for a store opening in July 2018,"
said Jessica Martin, spokesperson for Finance Minister Charles Sousa.
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Health officials are disappointed that the province has set the legal
age for marijuana consumption at 19 years.
The consensus among provincial and national health organizations is
that the minimum age should be 21, and some believe it should be even
older, said Dr. Phil Tibbo, director of the Nova Scotia Early
Psychosis Program and a psychiatry professor at Dalhousie University.
"Regular cannabis use can actually have a significant impact on brain
development up until about your mid-20s," he said in an interview Thursday.
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LCBO advises city that Peterborough will have one of the first 40
marijuana stores to open in Ontario
Peterborough will have a marijuana store by next summer, says the city
Allan Seabrooke said the store will sell marijuana for recreational
use. He said it will be open by July - the same month weed is going to
be legalized in Canada.
In an email to The Examiner, Seabrooke wrote that the store will be
operated by a subsidiary of the LCBO and will sell only cannabis - not
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Unprecedented support shown for drug accused
In an unprecedented show of support for an accused, some 80 people
crowded into two Sydney courtrooms Friday to attend a bail hearing for
a man charged with drug trafficking.
The crowd left the Sydney Justice Centre cheering and clapping and
drove away beeping their horns in showing their extreme pleasure with
the decision to grant bail.
Provincial court Judge Peter Ross allowed the release of Donald James
Campbell, 38, who is charged with two counts of possession for the
purpose of trafficking, involving marijuana and hashish. He faces an
additional drug charge of growing marijuana.
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B.C.'s NDP government is right to get ahead of the curve and establish
a framework for distributing and regulating recreational cannabis in
advance of the federal government legalizing it next July.
But the plan still has some shortcomings that should be addressed
before we legally light up our sativa and enjoy what one vendor
described as its spicy, earthy flavours.
B.C. intends to make marijuana available at public and private retail
outlets, supplied exclusively by the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch.
The government has determined that people age 19 and over will be
allowed to buy it.
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The P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission is a good choice for managing
Prince Edward Island's new marijuana stores. The LCC is well equipped
for developing policy and providing oversight.
It is also good that the provincial government has decided its pot
sales will be conducted from different storefronts than its liquor
It just gets the right message out there: If it is not good for the
PEILCC to sell liquor and pot from the same premises, it's not good
for a consumer to mix liquor and pot.
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Smoke-free means smoke-free at Sault Area Hospital - whether that
applies to tobacco fixes or toking up.
Sault Area Hospital currently has a no-cigarette policy that
encompasses its entire property, which will apply once recreational
pot becomes legal in Canada next summer.
"We have a no-smoking policy, so that would apply to smoking marijuana
on our property," SAH president and CEO Ron Gagnon told The Sault Star.
SAH's policy includes all buildings, parking lots, the Hub Trail
running along the eastern edge of the hospital grounds, roads
encircling the hospital leading to and from both Great Northern Road
and Third Line and wooded and grass areas to the south and west of the
emergency department and helipad.
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As we stumble down the cobblestones on the uneven and relatively
unchartered path to marijuana legalization, we're bound to trip once
But so far, we have to give props to the provincial government for
appearing to get it right.
So far we have agreed with the legal age of 18, we accept the
private/public sales model and, for the most part, agree with rules on
where you can and can't smoke up.
This week's successful negotiation with the federal government on tax
revenue is another case in point.
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Province backtracks on stand that municipalities cannot opt out of
The Ontario government appeared to backtrack late Friday on an earlier
statement that municipalities would be unable to opt out of hosting
marijuana stores, raising more questions about the province's
readiness for the expected pot legalization next summer.
The issue came up earlier this week after a city of Richmond Hill
committee unanimously endorsed a statement saying it was not willing
to host one of the retail stores.
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Ahead of recreational cannabis use becoming lawful, some observers see
parallels with the end of prohibition
The third in a series on the impending legalization of recreational
marijuana in Canada.
A notorious 1922 police shooting in southwestern Alberta, and the
sensational trial that followed, caused many people to wonder whether
enforcing alcohol prohibition was worth the trouble.
Alberta's move to outlaw drinking in 1916 was wildly unpopular in the
Crowsnest Pass, a cluster of coal mining towns nestled in the Rocky
Mountains, near the B.C. boundary.
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