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1 CN ON: Editorial High Taxes On Pot Will Help CriminalsWed, 26 Apr 2017
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:59 Added:04/30/2017

If the federal Liberals insist on legalizing marijuana before July 1, 2018, then they need to get it right.

Canadians are learning that's easier said than done.

There are many hurdles - from health to enforcement to taxation - that the feds, provinces and families need to grapple with before then.

As Conservative leadership candidate and doctor Kellie Leitch wrote in a recent Sun guest column, medical research shows "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." It's information like this that's left many observers calling for the minimum age to be raised higher than 18, which is what's currently in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's proposed Cannabis Act.

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2 CN BC: City Asks Court To Help With Pot BattleWed, 26 Apr 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Fries, Joe Area:British Columbia Lines:62 Added:04/30/2017

Herbal Green Apothecary remains in operation despite fines, not having business licence

City officials have turned to the courts for help shutting down a Penticton marijuana dispensary. A petition was filed Monday in B.C. Supreme Court to seek a sweeping order to close Herbal Green Apothecary and ban owner Jukka Laurio from even possessing marijuana anywhere in Penticton.

"It's kind of heavy-handed. They're wasting time and money. I have no signs up, there's no advertising," Laurio said Tuesday.

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3 CN AB: Column: Tale Of Two Drug BustsWed, 26 Apr 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Alberta Lines:102 Added:04/30/2017

"My father had a couple of connections," said Justin Trudeau.

"No s---!" cried the peasants.

These would be the same peasants, by the way, with no connections whatsoever, whose father was not a former prime minister still worshipped by the progressives and the elites, who wouldn't know a good lawyer from an ambulance chaser (and could not afford either), and who have no strings to pull in either law enforcement or the judiciary because they are just another sad face in a teeming court system overflowing with sad faces.

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4 CN AB: Column: Let's Not Sweat The Small StuffWed, 26 Apr 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Leong, Ricky Area:Alberta Lines:98 Added:04/30/2017

As Canada prepares to legalize marijuana, one lone Alberta pot plant has the potential to become something of a poster child for the internal struggle currently facing law enforcement.

In a news release issued this month - days before the federal government was to reveal its new cannabis policies - RCMP in Hanna trumpeted the arrest of a 48-year-old woman resulting from the execution of a search warrant at a home, which turned up one marijuana plant and marijuana equipment.

The woman was to appear in court this week.

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5 CN ON: Pot Laws Will Be UpheldWed, 26 Apr 2017
Source:Northern News (CN ON) Author:Sherrett, Brad Area:Ontario Lines:56 Added:04/30/2017

KLOPP commander says laws will be enforced, whatever they are

KIRKLAND LAKE - With the federal government's new marijuana legislation on the horizon, Kirkland Lake OPP Detachment Commander Rick Witty says his detachment "will gladly enforce the law as we always have."

He adds there are things that will change in terms of enforcement but again they will enforce the law, no matter what is is.

The suite of bills - which would establish 18 as the minimum legal age to buy pot - was introduced in the House of Commons by Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, Health Minister Jane Philpott and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

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6 CN ON: Pm Panned For Cannabis-Pardon RemarksWed, 26 Apr 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:White, Patrick Area:Ontario Lines:109 Added:04/30/2017

NDP Leader criticizes Trudeau for the 'abject hypocrisy' over issue of expunging marijuana-possession charges from criminal records

The federal NDP is accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of hypocrisy for using an anecdote about his late brother to highlight equity gaps in the country's current marijuana laws without making any commitment to fix them.

On Monday, Mr. Trudeau recounted the story of how his father, former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, pulled strings within the legal community to expunge a marijuana-possession charge against his late son Michel.

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7 CN BC: LTE: Pot Smokers Are Lab RatsWed, 26 Apr 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Steinberg, Jerry Area:British Columbia Lines:24 Added:04/30/2017

One positive outcome of the legalization of cannabis will be the increase in the amount of research that will result when more and more Canadians consume it. We will learn - in 10 years or less - what happens to lips, tongues, lungs, hearts and brains when they are exposed to THC and the other chemical compounds found in marijuana.

Millions of young Canadians will be the guinea pigs in this experiment, and hospitals and morgues could be the research sites.

Jerry Steinberg, Surrey

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8 CN ON: Pot Discussion Coming To SarniaTue, 25 Apr 2017
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Schilz, Melissa Area:Ontario Lines:85 Added:04/30/2017

Lambton Public Health to host discussion on youth perceptions of marijuana

Lambton Public Health is offering a session for parents and other members of the public who want to learn more about youth perceptions on marijuana.

Anna McKiernan, of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, released a report in January detailing discussion among youth about the effects of cannabis use. The Ottawa-based research and policy analyst will be in Sarnia May 4 to present her findings and to answer questions.

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9 CN BC: LTE: 4/20 Festival Is 'Insane'Wed, 26 Apr 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Stuart, Margaret Area:British Columbia Lines:28 Added:04/30/2017

Marijuana is illegal. When will our government learn that ignoring illegal smoking laws and offering injection sites are only increasing our drug problem?

It is similar to how stupid the Americans are with their gun laws. Guns kill. We are just as ridiculous to promote drug use.

It is leading to more drug users moving to B.C. and requiring subsidized housing and more fentanyl deaths, not less.

This 4/20 festival is insane. The birds are high, I can't stand the second-hand smoke. What is the matter with our politicians?

Margaret Stuart, Vancouver

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10CN AB: Pot Fans At 4/20 Rally Divided On Merits Of Legalization BillFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Wakefield, Jonny Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:04/26/2017

Marijuana could be legal in Canada next year, but whether what comes next will be better has users of the drug divided.

Throngs of pot smokers gathered on the Alberta legislature grounds Thursday for one of the last 4/20 rallies before marijuana is legalized next year.

On April 13, the Trudeau government introduced a bill to legalize and regulate the sale and possession of marijuana by July 2018.

While some 4/20 attendees were happy to see the drug become legal, others said the law won't make life better for cannabis users. While U.S. states including Colorado and Washington now have legal pot, Canada would be just the second country to legalize the drug.

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11CN BC: Pot Rally Remains 'Protestival' Despite Dawn Of LegalizationFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/26/2017

Cannabis users still believe restrictions unjust compared to alcohol's controls

Despite legalization on the horizon, organizers of the annual Vancouver 4/20 cannabis rally say there's little reason to end their battle to free the weed.

Last week, the federal government tabled long-awaited legislation to legalize recreational cannabis, promising a "strict legal framework" for the production, sale, distribution and possession of pot starting July 2018.

But after decades of protesting to legalize it, B.C. cannabis advocates argue the framework proposed will give rise to yet more dissent.

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12CN BC: 'Everything Beautiful' At 4-20 Pot RallyFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Reid, Michael D. Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/26/2017

Flying a Canadian flag in celebration, Barrett Blackwood reflected on a time when the prospect of hundreds of pot smokers gathering in Centennial Square to collectively partake would have been out of the question.

"This is unprecedented to me, to be here and see no police," said Blackwood, 43. "When I first came here [from Nanaimo] in 1980, you couldn't come to this square and have a cigarette, let alone a joint. The police station was right there [on Fisgard street] and they'd come through the parkade and shoo you away."

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13CN AB: Marijuana Enforcement Likely Violates Charter Rights: ExpertsFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:04/26/2017

Ottawa is facing big questions as its move to legalize cannabis use for adults goes hand in hand with stricter laws on drunk and drugged driving and tough sentences for those providing marijuana to minors.

While the Alberta government is supportive of new measures around roadside tests, a University of Calgary law school professor and a prominent city defence lawyer say many of the new federal laws go too far and will almost certainly be challenged as unconstitutional.

In keeping its campaign promise on legalization, the Liberal government last week unveiled a crackdown on impaired driving that will no longer require police to suspect a driver has alcohol in his or her system to administer a roadside test. New legislation will also enable police to take a saliva sample from a driver they suspect of drug use.

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14CN AB: Calgary Catches Up On Cannabis CultureFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Kaufmann, Bill Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:04/26/2017

Upcoming weed expo at Stampede Park expected to match Edmonton trade show

Taboos over marijuana are going up in smoke, supercharging cannabis expos in Alberta, including one taking seed in Calgary next month, say organizers.

Fuelled by a buzz over impending national legalization and eight U.S. states that have dropped pot prohibition, an Edmonton trade show held in early April exceeded attendance expectations, said Kevin Blackburn of organizer Canwest Productions.

"We were hoping for 3,000 to 5,000 people and we doubled that," he said.

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15CN ON: Rain Puts A Damper On Marijuana FestivalFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Samba, Mugoli Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:04/26/2017

A handful of marijuana users gathered under clouds of rain and smoke Thursday to hear cannabis advocates speak at Charles Clark Square in Windsor's first 4/20 Festival.

But despite the Facebook event's call that "thousands of patients" would be in attendance, the event attracted less than 40 people at any one time in the opening hours.

"They're coming, they're going, they're coming back," said event organizer Leo Lucier.

By 4:30 p.m., around 80 people were in attendance, and Lucier said he hoped more might come after work. He said that about 500 people have been "in and out of the event" throughout the day.

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16CN ON: Column: Liberals Legalizing Pot Like They're Forced To Do SoFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Reevely, David Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:04/26/2017

Justin Trudeau campaigned on legalizing marijuana as if he thought it was a good idea. Instead we're getting the most grudging piece of legislation since the Paul Martin Liberals legalized same-sex marriage with the Supreme Court's gun to their heads.

The law proposed last week is a steaming turd of a bill that doesn't acknowledge the hard fact that governments cannot effectively control the growth of plants.

This has been the crippling problem with pot prohibitionism from the very beginning: Marijuana is easier to produce than drinkable booze, certainly easier than smokable cigarettes.

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17Canada: Column: Freedom Not Just Another WordMon, 24 Apr 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Robson, John Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:04/26/2017

The Liberals really seem about to legalize marijuana. Amazing. I am not astonished that they are keeping a campaign promise. Parties generally mean what they say, however poorly they think through the practicalities. What astounds me is that we may see a significant measure to reduce government meddling in people's lives.

The Liberals are moving with ostentatious caution, possibly to avoid playing into their stereotype as the pothead party. But since one survey says a quarter of Canadians have smoked marijuana just for fun in the past year you'd be surprised who indulges without succumbing to Reefer Madness.

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18US GA: Marijuana: Easing Laws Not So EasySun, 23 Apr 2017
Source:Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) Author:Stafford, Leon Area:Georgia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/26/2017

Atlanta wants to join a growing number of U.S. cities that are lowering the penalties for small amounts of marijuana use.

But leaders learned last week that getting there won't be easy.

The City Council sent legislation meant to lower fines and eliminate jail time for possession of an ounce or less of pot back to a committee last week after members had a host of questions. Chief among their concerns was whether there was buy-in from the Atlanta Police Department and city courts, two groups whose backing would be crucial to making such a plan work. Elected officials also fear that being too lenient would take away the deterrent of marijuana use.

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19 US: Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Roll Me A JointSun, 23 Apr 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Hyman, Dan Area:United States Lines:144 Added:04/26/2017

"Isn't it cute?" said Molly Peckler, holding a delicate gold-chain necklace adorned with a cannabis-leaf charm away from her neck. "It's a perfect representation of my approach to cannabis."

With sunlight pouring in through a sliding-glass door in the apartment she shares with her husband, Marc Peckler, a software salesman, Ms. Peckler explained how she believed a shared love of cannabis could be the spark in a relationship.

"Cannabis is almost an analogy for being authentic," said Ms. Peckler, 32, the founder of Highly Devoted in Los Angeles, an online matchmaker that connects cannabis-using singles. "If this is a part of your life, then you should be open and honest about that, especially if you're trying to start a romantic relationship with someone."

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20 CN ON: Veterans With PTSD Hail Medical PotMon, 24 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Coyle, Jim Area:Ontario Lines:114 Added:04/25/2017

Ex-soldiers tell trade show how natural drug has helped them battle war's after-effects

Trev Bungay says the horror began in 1998 when he was among Canadian soldiers scouring the beaches of Nova Scotia in cleanup operations after the crash of a Swissair jet just off the Atlantic coast.

"That was really my look at trauma for the very first time," Bungay told a panel discussion on Sunday at the inaugural O'Cannabiz Conference and Expo.

Then came international missions in Africa, Bosnia, Haiti and four combat tours in Afghanistan.

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