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1 CN AB: Editorial: Leave The Sales To The ExpertsFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:67 Added:10/11/2017

Trust us, the grass is greener on the other side of state-run business.

Anyone who ever had to line up outside one of a handful of Alberta liquor Control Board retail outlets back in the day knows how brutal it was buying something as simple as a case of beer or bottle of wine. It was enough to drive you to drink. Or how about the stress-elevating experience of a visit to the old department of motor vehicles. Talk about road rage. Privatization has made life so much easier in those two areas, not to mention the jobs created through competition and better, varied pricing for consumers in the case of booze - tax portion aside, of course.

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2 CN AB: MADD Urges Alberta Pursue Public Model On Cannabis To EnsureFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Bennett, Dean Area:Alberta Lines:97 Added:10/11/2017

The advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving wants Alberta to sell marijuana through government-run stores - at least in the short term - to ensure public safety before profit.

Andrew Murie, the CEO of MADD, points to marijuana stores in the United States that slash prices to mark the annual April 20 counter-culture celebration of public cannabis consumption.

"There are a lot of people that want to make a lot of money on this legalization, a lot of entrepreneurs, and they're not interested in public safety," Murie said in an interview Thursday.

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3 CN AB: LTE: Pot Consumption Age Set Too LowFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Banner, Ken Area:Alberta Lines:26 Added:10/11/2017

The Canadian Medical Association has said that the age for marijuana should be 25 and no less than 21.

What does our illustrious government do?

They set the age at 18. How did they arrive at this? Or, was it pulled out of thin air like so many of their harebrained policies? At the same time, Energy East is cancelled and not a peep.

The slow death spiral for this country into the economic abyss continues. I hope we wake up before it's too late.

Ken Banner, Edmonton


4CN BC: Courtenay Mayor Gets Death Threats After Police Shut Pot ShopFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:DeRosa, Katie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/11/2017

Courtenay's mayor has received death threats from people upset that the RCMP shut down the community's first cannabis dispensary.

Mayor Larry Jangula said someone posted online comments threatening to shoot him after inaccurate information that he had directed Comox Valley RCMP to raid Leaf Compassion dispensary on Wednesday circulated on social media.

"It's been a very upsetting day," Jangula said.

He said he has been threatened during his 27-year policing career, but never in his role as mayor.

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5CN AB: Growers Pitch Alberta Retail Pot Co-OpFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Kent, Gordon Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/11/2017

A dozen medical pot producers plan to start a chain of Alberta marijuana stores if the provincial government allows private companies to sell recreational weed next year.

The Canadian Cannabis Co-Op hopes to get in on the ground floor of what's expected to be a billion dollar Alberta industry when the federal government legalizes marijuana consumption July 1, 2018.

"We will build out a retail channel in Alberta and any other province that is looking at including private sector retail and distribution in their model," Darren Karasiuk, chair of the co-op working group, said Thursday.

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6 CN ON: Editorial: Get Smarter On DrugsFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:10/11/2017

The chorus calling on Ottawa to decriminalize possession of all drugs is growing louder and more urgent. The government should listen

The chorus calling on Ottawa to rethink its approach to the epidemic of opioid overdoses sweeping this country is growing louder and more urgent. Two new reports issued this week echo a broad consensus among public health experts: decriminalizing the possession of all drugs is crucial if we're going to tackle this crisis.

In Ontario, more than two people died from opioid overdoses every day last year - and the rate seems to have risen in 2017. In British Columbia, the problem is even worse.

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7 CN ON: LTE: Legalized Pot Will Cloud Condo RulesFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Cantwell, Les Area:Ontario Lines:42 Added:10/11/2017

Re: Preparing for marijuana legalization, Aaron, Sept. 30

Smoking should be banned in condo buildings throughout Ontario. Bob Aaron's column highlighted the problem for condo boards.

More families with children are choosing condos as an affordable alternative to houses, especially in Toronto and other cities.

More than 80 per cent of the residents in these buildings do not smoke. Yet, many have to suffer the smells and dangerous carcinogenic fumes drifting through their doorways and venting systems. If you cannot smoke in a car with children, how can you justify children living in such an environment?

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8 CN AB: Editorial: Turning A Profit On Pot Should Be The Goal OfSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:92 Added:10/11/2017

Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley has announced the first details of Alberta's plans for selling marijuana once the product is legalized across the nation in July.

This makes Alberta the third province, after Ontario and New Brunswick, to show its hand.

Ganley announced enough details to satisfy those who want to know Alberta's broader approach to legalization, while keeping more contentious details, like who gets to sell it, for a later date.

Although Alberta Health Services recommended making the legal age 21 for pot consumption and raising the alcohol and tobacco ages from 18 to match it, Alberta's government is sensibly and simply making 18 the legal age for weed.

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9CN AB: Editorial: Privatize Sale Of PotSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/11/2017

The Trudeau government's notice that recreational use of marijuana will be legal on July 1, 2018, has created a number of challenges for provincial politicians. Legalizing the substance is the easy part. More difficult is deciding how the drug will be sold to customers, where retail outlets will be located, where cannabis can be smoked and how police will be able to detect those who have consumed too much pot.

The NDP government provided a glimpse this week of what legalized pot might mean for Albertans, but it's waiting for the public to weigh in before it introduces legislation this fall.

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10 CN ON: LTE: Police Not Ready For MarijuanaSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:51 Added:10/11/2017

Yet another progressive government obviously more concerned with raking in expected windfalls from selling pot, rather than being concerned over the potential harm to young people.

Studies in the U.K., the USA and Canada have conclusively shown young people smoking pot run a greatly enhanced risk of damaging their developing brains and suffering psychosis and other mental issues later in life. Our own Canadian Medical Associate has stated nobody should smoke this dangerous drug, containing 85 canninbinoids with unknown long-term health and mental consequences, under 21.

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11 CN NS: Province To Consult With Public On Marijuana LegalizationSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS) Author:Gunn, Andrea Area:Nova Scotia Lines:55 Added:10/11/2017

Nova Scotia will be launching its public consultations for marijuana legalization within days, with results expected to be compiled and released before the end of the year, the premier's office has confirmed.

Of the Atlantic provinces, Nova Scotia is the last to launch its consultations, which will include telephone and online surveys. P.E.I. just completed an online consultation, garnering around 3,000 responses, Newfoundland released a report of its consultation period in August, and New Brunswick - the furthest along - last month announced its framework for legalization, including plans to follow Ontario in creating a Crown corporation to oversee all pot sales.

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12 CN AB: LTE: Condo Owners Will Be Burned By Legal PotSat, 07 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Donaldson, June A. Area:Alberta Lines:39 Added:10/11/2017

Alberta condo dwellers are in for a terrible ride with the NDP marijuana legislation plan. Most condos are high-density buildings where small units are crammed together and where the attitudes and behaviours of others directly affect their neighbours.

We already hear of people smoking "whatever" on balconies or in units where smoke drifts next door negatively affecting the health, property values and quality of life of others. Now our federal government is giving people, who might not even be owners, permission to carry on.

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13 CN ON: Editorial: Move Carefully On Cannabis TaxesFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Roe, John Area:Ontario Lines:82 Added:10/11/2017

The first legal sales of recreational marijuana in Canada are still months away, but some provincial premiers are already demanding a bigger piece of the action.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's opening offer this week to evenly split a 10-per-cent excise tax on cannabis sales between Ottawa and the provinces was quickly scorned by premiers such as Alberta's Rachel Notley and Quebec's Philippe Couillard.

With heady visions of new revenue streams cascading into their provincial coffers, these and other premiers told Trudeau the provinces will bear most of the costs of legalizing cannabis. Hence, they deserve most of the tax dollars that will come with it - not just half.

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14CN AB: Editorial: Pot Is Best Kept PrivateFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/11/2017

Alberta, like all provinces, is scrambling to come up with a plan to adapt to the federal government's looming legalization of marijuana.

Given the rush to meet Ottawa's quickly approaching July 1 deadline, the first proposed rules laid out by Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley are generally promising in their application of common sense to what is a complicated, costly and game-changing file off-loaded onto provinces by the Trudeau Liberals.

The federal ground rules are: the minimum age can't be below 18 and you can't possess in public more than 30 grams; most everything else is for provinces to decide.

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15CN AB: Pot Producers Keen To Initiate Co-Op For SalesFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Southwick, Reid Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/11/2017

Advocates says province would be spared millions in cost of building retail outlets

A dozen cannabis producers from across Canada want to launch a cooperative in Alberta, where they would sell the drug online and in street-level stores - and they're promising extra revenues for the government.

A day after the province reopened public consultations on a new cannabis market - leaving its options open on whether to pursue privately or publicly run stores - the Canadian Cannabis Co-op said its proposed retail model poses no risks or costs to taxpayers.

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16 CN BC: Expert Calls For Drug DecriminalizationThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:106 Added:10/06/2017

VANCOUVER - Canada's political leaders must take bold action by joining forces to decriminalize illicit drugs and save lives in the midst of an unprecedented overdose crisis, a leading drug-policy expert says.

Donald MacPherson of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's stance on legalizing marijuana to protect youth and stop the flow of profits to organized crime must also apply to drugs that have killed thousands of Canadians.

"That's very sad that he can't see the logic that he's using so loudly on cannabis to shift that logic to a far more serious problem," MacPherson said Wednesday.

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17 CN BC: Decriminalize Drugs To Fight Overdoses: ExpertThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:87 Added:10/06/2017

VANCOUVER - Canada's political leaders must take bold action by joining forces to decriminalize illicit drugs and save lives in the midst of an unprecedented overdose crisis, a leading drug-policy expert says.

Donald MacPherson of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's stance on legalizing marijuana to protect youth and stop the flow of profits to organized crime must also apply to drugs that have killed thousands of Canadians.

"That's very sad that he can't see the logic that he's using so loudly on cannabis to shift that logic to a far more serious problem," MacPherson said Wednesday.

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18 CN BC: Column: On Marijuana, Let The Provinces Keep The CashThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Slivinski, Ada Area:British Columbia Lines:67 Added:10/06/2017

The federal government plans to legalize marijuana this summer and they say they want their fair share of tax revenue.

A dollar tax on anything up to $10 - and a 10% tax on anything above that amount - to be split 50/50 between the federal and provincial governments. But wait, Trudeau says, it's not about the money.

"Nobody's mindset on this approach is about bringing in tax revenue on this. The mindset with which we have approached the legalization and control of marijuana from the very beginning has been from public health and safety standpoint," Trudeau said during a press conference flanked by premiers at the first ministers meeting in Ottawa this week. What they want to do is, "Remove the black market from accessing the billions of dollars of profit that they do every year off of this."

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19CN QU: Province Wants Bigger Chunk Of Pot Excise Tax RevenueThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Authier, Philip Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

Coderre says city also entitled to a share to finance resources that will be needed

Left holding the bag on the costs of implementing the policy, Quebec says it wants more than 50 per cent of potential cannabis excise tax revenues.

"It won't be 50-50," Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao told reporters on his way out of a cabinet meeting. "This is just the opening shot. It will not be that at the end of the day."

A cautious Leitao refused to say what level of revenue will satisfy Quebec, noting that the actual price per gram - especially in the state-run system the provinces are creating to undercut organized crime - has yet to be determined.

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20 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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