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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Herbal Green Apothecary remains in operation despite fines, not having
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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"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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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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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
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
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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
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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
Lambton Public Health to host discussion on youth perceptions of
Lambton Public Health is offering a session for parents and other
members of the public who want to learn more about youth perceptions
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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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
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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Cannabis users still believe restrictions unjust compared to alcohol's
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
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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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
"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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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
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Upcoming weed expo at Stampede Park expected to match Edmonton trade
Taboos over marijuana are going up in smoke, supercharging cannabis
expos in Alberta, including one taking seed in Calgary next month, say
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
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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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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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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
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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
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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"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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Ex-soldiers tell trade show how natural drug has helped them battle
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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