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1CN AB: Edmonton Police Spending New Money On Devices For RoadsideThu, 17 May 2018
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Wakefield, Jonny Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:05/17/2018

Edmonton police will need about $1.4 million in ongoing and one-time funding to prepare for marijuana legalization this summer, a report to the police commission states.

Cannabis is set to become legal in Canada this summer and with it comes higher policing costs, the Edmonton Police Commission heard Thursday.

Police officials outlined a laundry list of new technology and training needed to enforce legal weed laws. Last month, the city approved $1.4 million in one-time and ongoing funding to help the police service deal with the impact of legal weed.

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2 CN AB: Police Witness Suffering On Front Lines Of Battle AgainstThu, 08 Mar 2018
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Kalinowski, Tim Area:Alberta Lines:95 Added:03/13/2018

The sheer volume of human suffering has been increasing exponentially in recent months as a new and deadly wave of opioids scythes through local drug users and addicts, says Const. Ryan Darroch, a 15-year veteran of the Lethbridge Police Service, and a beat cop with the downtown policing unit.

"We have not yet confirmed carfentanil (behind the recent overdoses) through our lab analysis," he emphasizes, "but we have seized carfentanil in the city. A lot of the street people we talk to in the downtown, and all over this city, refer to it as 'Car.' It almost looks like that candy Nerds. They tell us they take that carfentanil and mix it with a water solution in those little blue vials people may see on the streets on the ground. They mix that solution in little green mixing bowls, and it breaks down the opioid inside that and they may then draw that solution into a needle and inject it into themselves. Fentanyl or

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3CN AB: Pot Dispensary Owner Accuses Police Of 'Picking And Choosing'Fri, 02 Mar 2018
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Wakefield, Jonny Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:03/05/2018

Police are "picking and choosing " when it comes to marijuana enforcement, says a Whyte Avenue medical cannabis dispensary owner charged after a bust last month.

The Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement Section (EDGE) executed search warrants Feb. 2 at two commercial addresses and a residence, turning up cannabis products with a combined street value estimated by police at $150,000.

Paul Olson, owner of Whyte Cross dispensary, one of the businesses raided Feb. 2, said it was "a little bit of a surprise" when police entered his store and seized his products.

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4CN AB: Police Say City School Pals Built International Drug RingFri, 02 Mar 2018
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Passifiume, Bryan Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:03/05/2018

Alleged local international crime cartel had United States, Mexican connections

Calgary school buddies came together to form their own drug trafficking gang, with links to murder, money laundering and vicious Mexican cartels, say city police.

The group was allegedly responsible for millions of dollars in international drug imports and exports, and has been tied to a brazen Calgary shooting that left two dead in a south Calgary Superstore parking lot.

Calgary police say the group now faces dozens of charges, from drug importation to money-laundering to murder.

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5CN AB: Police To Reveal Details Of Crime Cartelas Deadly ReignThu, 01 Mar 2018
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Naylor, Dale Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:03/05/2018

Calgary police will reveal details Thursday about how they smashed a city-based crime cartel involved in murder, massive importation of drugs and money laundering.

Tentacles of the gang spread as far as Mexico, and Postmedia sources say they had connections with notorious drug cartels there.

Postmedia has also learned the group has been tied to a brazen daylight shooting May 21 that left two men dead in a southeast Calgary Superstore parking lot.

Sources say the bust is so significant that members of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Adminstration (DEA) will be on hand when police reveal details at a news conference Thursday morning.

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6CN BC: Stagger Welfare Cheques: Police ChiefWed, 28 Feb 2018
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:DeRosa, Katie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/05/2018

Emergency services taxed by spike in overdoses, incidents

Police, firefighters and paramedics are so overwhelmed with drug-related 911 calls in the days after welfare cheques are issued that Victoria's police chief wants the province to consider staggering distribution of the cheques throughout the month.

"Generally speaking, we see a spike during the evening of welfare Wednesday and the day or two after of overdose calls, disturbances, drug activity occurring. Sometimes someone has been defrauded or robbed," Police Chief Del Manak told the Times Colonist.

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7 CN ON: Police Fear Legalizing Marijuana Will Make It Easier For YouthThu, 01 Mar 2018
Source:Brighton Independent (CN ON) Author:Campbell, John Area:Ontario Lines:121 Added:03/01/2018

Brighton - People consume marijuana because it relaxes them but the prospect of its recreational use becoming legal is making police anxious.

"Anticipated issues" include "easier access for the youth population," impaired operation of vehicles, and the "facilitation of trafficking," OPP Detective-Sergeant Rick Dupuis said in a presentation to Brighton council on the implications of the federal law that is to take effect sometime after July 1.

"The provincial and federal governments indicate that this act was introduced to minimize or mitigate accessibility to our young population but in my professional opinion I believe that is ... counterintuitive," he told council Feb. 20. "It's going to make it much easier."

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8CN SN: City Police Warn Pot-Shop Properties May Be SeizedTue, 27 Feb 2018
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:White-Crummey, Arthur Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:03/01/2018

With some marijuana dispensaries still open in spite of repeated warnings, the Regina Police Service is now taking its campaign to the shops' landlords.

About two weeks ago, police sent letters to property owners informing them that their pot-shop tenants are committing a criminal offence. Selling cannabis out of storefronts remains illegal.

According to police spokesperson Les Parker, the letters also conveyed that the properties "may be subject to forfeiture" if sales continue. He cited a provision of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act that allows courts to order the seizure of "offence-related property."

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9 CN ON: Toronto Police Opt To Supply Officers With NaloxoneFri, 23 Feb 2018
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hayes, Molly Area:Ontario Lines:96 Added:02/27/2018

As a national opioid crisis wages on, Toronto police have decided to equip their downtown frontline officers with the opioid antidote naloxone.

"This is about life and death, and that's what we signed up to do," Chief Mark Saunders told the Toronto Police Services Board at their meeting Thursday.

Chief Saunders was tasked last year with submitting a report to the board on how the service might go about deploying the antidote, which can be used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

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10 CN ON: Police Ramp Up Raids On Pot ShopsTue, 13 Feb 2018
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Dongen, Matthew Van Area:Ontario Lines:72 Added:02/13/2018

Come as city officials prepare to discuss future of storefronts

Police are cracking down on illegal storefront pot shops across Hamilton even as dispensary advocates prepare for "roundtable" discussions with city officials about their future.

Operators of five MMJ and Pacifico medical marijuana dispensaries - spread across the lower city and on the Mountain - told The Spectator they were raided by police late last week.

Britney Guerra, a vocal dispensary advocate and former owner, said she has heard from four other raided shops - one as recently as Monday - but none of those operators were willing to speak to The Spectator.

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11 CN ON: LTE: Stoned Police Officers Offer Timely WarningWed, 31 Jan 2018
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Herbert, Eileen Area:Ontario Lines:23 Added:02/03/2018

Re Cops accused of being high on job, Jan. 30 Yes, the two Toronto police officers should not have eaten the edible marijuana evidence. But in doing so, they demonstrated how potentially dangerous these products are. I do not know what is on the label but what would happen if a teenager or young child found his parents' stash and decided to try it? Are there standards? Or is it buyer beware? The police officers may have done us a favour.

Eileen Herbert, Barrie

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12 CN ON: Judge Slams Toronto Police For 'Oppressive Misconduct'Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Gallant, Jacques Area:Ontario Lines:122 Added:02/02/2018

Dissenting opinion found charter rights were violated during 'fishing expedition'

A senior Ontario judge has called out Toronto police officers who arrested a man on gun and drug charges for "casually intimidating and oppressive misconduct," and wondered if their actions would have been different in a whiter and wealthier neighbourhood.

The criticism came in a dissenting opinion from Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Peter Lauwers, who recently disagreed with his two colleagues on a panel hearing the appeal of Tom Le, convicted in 2014 of firearm and drug-related offences and sentenced to five years in prison.

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13 CN BC: Journalism Students Challenge Police, Mayor On Opioid CrisisThu, 25 Jan 2018
Source:Vancouver Courier (CN BC) Author:Howell, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:101 Added:01/25/2018

Langara journalism students attended the Jan. 18 Vancouver Police Board meeting

When I'm not searching for the truth, or driving my sports-crazy kids around the Lower Mainland -- or deciding whether my tea of the day should be "super green matcha" or turmeric and ginger - I sometimes impart my semi-mad journalism skills on Langara College students.

And sometimes, like last Thursday, those students join me on the job.

We attended a Vancouver Police Board meeting, where we heard Insp. Bill Spearn of the VPD's major crime section tell us that overdose deaths in the city are still at a crisis level - at least 335 people are suspected of dying in 2017, with more than 80 per cent of the deaths connected to fentanyl.

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14CN SN: Closure, Conciliation and Defiance: Pot Shops React To PoliceWed, 24 Jan 2018
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:White-Crummey, Arthur Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:01/24/2018

Owners weigh options as nation moves toward legalization in July

Cuong Nguyen will lose his job in three weeks.

He might even lose it sooner, if the city police tell Regina Green Cross Medicine to stop selling marijuana before February 15. For now, that's the date his bosses plan to close up shop - and everything must go.

"It's kind of crappy, to be honest," he said. "Now I have to look for a new job."

Last Tuesday, Regina Police Chief Evan Bray warned cannabis dispensaries that they're breaking the law. He hinted at possible enforcement action in the coming weeks.

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15 CN ON: Police Unlawfully Arrested Protester, Professional StandardsWed, 24 Jan 2018
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Paul, Gordon Area:Ontario Lines:119 Added:01/24/2018

Cambridge man back at courthouse smoking pot - this time fully clothed

KITCHENER - Jeffrey Shaver, the Cambridge man famous for his bong-smoking nearly naked protests across Waterloo Region, has been vindicated.

The professional standards branch of Waterloo Regional Police has ruled officers unlawfully arrested, searched and detained him after he smoked medical marijuana in front of the Cambridge police station on Oct. 22, 2016.

Shaver, 31, fired up a bong that day to protest a charge of marijuana possession laid on Oct. 20. On both days Shaver showed regional police officers his documents for medical marijuana. Both times he was charged with possession.

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16CN BC: Defiant Pot Sellers Back After Raid By City PoliceTue, 23 Jan 2018
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Ip, Stephanie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:01/23/2018

Food cart vendors raised concerns about site

An open-air weed market operating in downtown Vancouver's Robson Square has been shut down by police.

Complaints were filed in recent weeks with the Vancouver police over vendors who had set up tents and carts in the pedestrian-only area, selling cannabis and related products. Nearby food cart vendors voiced concerns about marijuana booths selling to minors, and there were questions about whether they had business licences such as what is required of the food cart vendors.

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17CN BC: Robson Square Pot Market Shut Down By Vancouver PoliceTue, 23 Jan 2018
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Ip, Stephanie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:01/23/2018

Food vendors had filed complaints about cannabis sales near art gallery

An open-air weed market operating in downtown Vancouver's Robson Square has been shut down by police.

Complaints were filed in recent weeks with the Vancouver police over vendors who had set up tents and carts in the pedestrian-only area, selling cannabis and related products.

Nearby food cart vendors voiced concerns about marijuana booths selling to minors, and there were questions about whether they had business licences, such as what is required of the food cart vendors.

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18 CN ON: Meth Remains Persistent Drug Problem: PoliceMon, 22 Jan 2018
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Hnatyshyn, Carl Area:Ontario Lines:158 Added:01/22/2018

'Crystal meth … in this city is a much worse problem than opioids'

The opioid epidemic that has overtaken Ontario has left its mark on Lambton County, but a more insidious problem - the widespread use of crystal methamphetamine -will have an equal, if not greater effect on crime in the future, according to the head of Sarnia Police Service's Vice Unit.

Det. Sgt. John Pearce spoke about the prevalence of opioids and methamphetamine in Sarnia, the inherent dangers of these drugs, and the legalization of marijuana during a recent presentation at the Central Forum Speaker Series.

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19 CN NS: Police Chief Predicts Drugged Driving SpikeSat, 20 Jan 2018
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS) Author:Dinshaw, Fram Area:Nova Scotia Lines:89 Added:01/20/2018

New Glasgow Police Chief Eric MacNeil is worried the legalization of marijuana will cause a spike in potentially lethal drug-impaired driving.

Making the problem worse is that police have no equipment such as breathalyzers that can easily and quickly detect marijuana in suspected impaired drivers.

Instead, police must typically rely on expert drug-recognition officers to visually detect the effects of marijuana, such as trouble concentrating or hallucinations. Blood and urine samples can also be taken.

"It causes me great concern. We are in the business of public safety," said MacNeil.

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20 CN ON: LTE: Police Concerns Are LegitimateFri, 19 Jan 2018
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:46 Added:01/19/2018

(Re: High drivers concern cops, Jan. 18 edition)

When Canadian Chiefs of Police said they are simply not ready to enforce new rules, once pot is legalized next summer, one major concern was the anticipated increase in pot-impaired drivers on Canadian highways and lack of a simple roadside test for actual impairment. The alternative would be for the police having to take suspected pot-impaired drivers to a hospital to have blood extracted.

I can just imagine the court challenges that would result in. A simple roadside test should be made available before pot is legalized.

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21 CN MB: Police Raid Two Marijuana StorefrontsThu, 18 Jan 2018
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Israel, Solomon Area:Manitoba Lines:74 Added:01/18/2018

POLICE raided two locations of the Winnipeg Compassion Club last week, saying the storefronts were operating as "illegal marijuana dispensaries."

Officers seized approximately $25,000 worth of marijuana, $20,000 of marijuana in alternate forms and $6,000 in cash from both locations, which were "openly selling marijuana," the Winnipeg Police Service said in a news release on Wednesday.

Three men were arrested and charged with several drug-possession and trafficking offences, as well as possession of the proceeds of crime. The men, ages 45, 28 and 27, have been released pending court appearances.

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22CN SN: Stores selling pot could face trouble: PoliceFri, 12 Jan 2018
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Frasetr, D. C. Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:01/17/2018

Chief warns crackdown could be coming as weed is still illegal

Regina police are well aware stores selling marijuana are up and running around the city.

And while cannabis is set to become legal this summer, Chief Evan Bray is clear: selling the product is still illegal.

It's a message he says will be actively communicated with the public in coming weeks, and it is one those working at or running dispensaries in the city have likely already heard.

Bray wants the illegality of dispensaries to be clearly known.

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23CN SN: City Police Put Marijuana Dispensaries On NoticeWed, 17 Jan 2018
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:White-Crummey, Arthur Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:01/17/2018

Chief says pot shops still against law and service will be speaking to store owners

Regina's police chief again put marijuana dispensaries "on notice" that they're breaking the law, warning they could face criminal charges in the weeks to come.

"In the next six weeks, prepare yourself for some headlines," Regina police chief Evan Bray told an audience gathered at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday.

He said police actions will follow an education campaign, set to begin in about a week and a half.

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24 CN NS: Police Need More Resources To Tackle Drugged DriversTue, 16 Jan 2018
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS) Author:Dinshaw, Fram Area:Nova Scotia Lines:73 Added:01/16/2018

Local police say they need more resources to combat driving while high as the federal government moves to legalize marijuana across Canada.

The key to reducing driving while high remains education, enforcement and keeping minors from accessing or using marijuana once Ottawa legalizes the drug.

"Currently police forces throughout Pictou County, Nova Scotia and Canada use drug recognition officers who deal with impaired drivers. They can determine if they are under the influence of drugs," said Const. Ken MacDonald at New Glasgow Regional Police.

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25 CN NS: Missing Drugs And Cash Are Presumed Destroyed: PoliceTue, 16 Jan 2018
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Woodford, Zane Area:Nova Scotia Lines:106 Added:01/16/2018

No evidence to suggest items were stolen, force says

Thousands of dollars in cash, nearly 30 kilograms of marijuana and three kilograms of cocaine are unaccounted for after an audit of Halifax police drug exhibits, but the force said there's no evidence to suggest its officers stole the missing evidence.

Halifax Regional Police Supt. Jim Perrin presented his final Drug Exhibit Audit Report to the Board of Police Commissioners on Tuesday, the final step in a process that began in 2015 after allegations that an officer had stolen from the evidence lockers.

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26 CN ON: LTE: Injection Site Puts Police In Tough SpotSat, 13 Jan 2018
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Boire, F. Dale Area:Ontario Lines:32 Added:01/13/2018

Re: Here's why it's time to legalize all drugs, Jan. 10

It seems that both Ottawa Inner City Health and the Ottawa police are between a rock and a hard place when it comes to performing their responsibilities.

As some recent media coverage regarding safe injection sites appears to have placed more emphasis on the general welfare of the addict rather than the challenges faced by law enforcement, it could be helpful for the general population to know more about what exactly is being done by health officials to get people off their drug addictions.

There may be more support for safe access to injection sites if they were clearly identified as places with mandated programs to provide assistance in recovery as opposed to simply continuing with the status quo.

F. Dale Boire, Ottawa

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27CN ON: Police Eyes Are On Needle BubbleTue, 09 Jan 2018
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Egan, Kelly Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:01/09/2018

Surveillance intimidates clients, staff at Inner City Health's safe injection site

All is not rosy at Ottawa's first sanctioned safe injection site in Lowertown.

The executive director of Ottawa Inner City Health, which operates the legal drug-taking site from a trailer at Shepherds of Good Hope, said Ottawa police regularly have a cruiser parked by the steps to the facility.

"We are having really significant problems currently and we're hoping we can resolve them," said Wendy Muckle.

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28 CN ON: Fentanyl Found In Cocaine, Police WarnMon, 08 Jan 2018
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Daniszewski, Hank Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:01/08/2018

London police are warning the public that cocaine seized in November contained the deadly opioid fentanyl.

Health Canada tests confirmed the presence of fentanyl - an opioid 100 times more powerful than morphine - in drugs found on a 33-year-old London man after he was arrested.

"This is the first time in London that both cocaine and fentanyl were discovered in the same sample," police said in a news release Sunday.

"It is not confirmed if the drugs were intentionally or inadvertently mixed."

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29CN AB: Cannabis Operations Shut Down By Police, Multiple Charges LaidFri, 22 Dec 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Theobald, Claire Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:12/27/2017

Owner of one business said he 'wanted to be a role model' for future dispensaries

City police have shut down two south Edmonton cannabis operations, but the owner of one says he was just trying to help medical marijuana patients fill their prescriptions.

"I really wanted to be a role model for the city and to get this done right. I wanted them to work with me, not against me," David Tiefenbach, one of the owners of MediJoint, 7809 109 St., said Thursday.

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30 CN AB: Police Shut Down Two DispensariesFri, 22 Dec 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Maimann, Kevin Area:Alberta Lines:95 Added:12/27/2017

Several people now face drugrelated charges

It's not legal yet.

Police sent out a stern warning Thursday after shutting down two cannabis dispensaries in south Edmonton - including one that required prescriptions for purchase - and making several arrests.

"We want the owners and employees of these illegal cannabis operations to be aware that they're breaking the law, and that we'll continue to enforce that law until such time those laws are changed," said Edmonton Police Service Insp. Shane Perka.

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31 CN ON: Police Chief Larkin Reflects On 2017Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:169 Added:12/18/2017

'A year of growth … year of finding our feet'

WATERLOO REGION - When police chief Bryan Larkin talks about harm reduction and being more humane with the drug user, he gets pushback.

When he suggests supervised injection sites may be an alternative to help users take their drugs safely and the site will save lives, he gets pushback.

And when he flies the Pride flag at police headquarters, he gets pushback. In each case, he gets criticism from people in the community and sometimes from officers, too.

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32 CN NS: People Growing Their Own Pot Problematic For Police ChiefThu, 14 Dec 2017
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS) Author:Sullivan, Nikki Area:Nova Scotia Lines:35 Added:12/17/2017

He may not be able to change it but that doesn't mean he has to like the new law allowing people to grow their own pot plants.

"Personal cultivation is something I personally really struggle with as a citizen, a parent and a police chief," Cape Breton Regional Police Chief Peter McIsaac said during the recent Police Commissioners meeting.

"It's a view shared pretty consistently in the policing community across the country."

When the Cannabis Act comes into effect in July 2018, Canadian adults will be allowed to grow four plants at home, up to a height of 100 cm. This is about waist high on an average adult.

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33CN ON: OPED: Police Fume Over Pot Shop ConundrumSat, 25 Nov 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Kirkland, Doug Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/29/2017

Officers can't nab owners because of resource woes, says Doug Kirkland

A Citizen report Nov. 18 quotes Judge Norm Boxall on the Ottawa Police Service's failure to charge the owners and backers of illegal marijuana distribution shops.

Sentencing a young budtender from a Rideau Street shop, he said: "I just don't understand how the police cannot shut down a dispensary."

I understand the context of his statements, but the judge, despite his distinguished legal background, has the wrong target.

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34CN ON: Teenager Killed After Visit To Crack Den, Police SayWed, 29 Nov 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Yogaretnam, Shaamini Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/29/2017

Homicide victim attacked outside after looking for place to smoke pot, cops say

Police believe a teen who was fatally stabbed in Vanier was just looking for a place to smoke weed purchased at an illegal dispensary when he wound up inside a crack den, the Citizen has learned.

Zakaria Iqbal, just 18 years old and a Gloucester High School student, died Monday night after an attack on Montreal Road.

Detectives believe that Iqbal and his friends purchased marijuana at Dr. Greenthumb dispensary, also on Montreal Road. Employees at the dispensary said police visited the pot shop Tuesday as part of their homicide investigation, asking questions about who was there and when.

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35CN ON: Ministry Audit Finds Police Handling Of Drug Evidence CompliesTue, 28 Nov 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Battagello, Dave Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2017

An audit released Monday by the Windsor Police Services Board shows the recent handling of evidence in cases involving street drugs has been in compliance and largely free of errors.

But the audit performed over two months this summer by Ontario's Ministry of Community, Safety and Correctional Services made 11 recommendations for improvements, and all but one have already been implemented, said Chief Al Frederick.

The audit was triggered at the request of Frederick and the police board following questions that were raised over the 2013 disappearance of $25,000 in cocaine from a drug vault under officers' control.

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36CN QU: Police Not Ready To Test Drivers For Pot: UnionsSat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Riga, Andy Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:11/22/2017

Few Quebec police officers are trained to determine whether drivers are under the influence of marijuana, a federation of cop unions says.

"Police services are simply not ready" for cannabis legalization, Robin Cote, president of the 4,500-member Federation des policiers et policieres municipaux du Quebec (FPMQ), said on Friday.

The FPMQ issued a plea for more training a day after the provincial government presented its pot-legalization bill.

Under Quebec's plan, there would be zero-tolerance for driving under the influence of marijuana.

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37 CN BC: Column: Police Facing Variety Of Issues As Feds Move ToWed, 22 Nov 2017
Source:Delta Optimist (CN BC) Author:Dubord, Neil Area:British Columbia Lines:63 Added:11/22/2017

Having worked as a police officer for many years, I have to admit, it requires a shift in thinking to look at marijuana as a legal substance.

Countless policing hours were dedicated to keeping it out of our homes, schools and communities, but the future will be different.

Since the federal government announcement earlier this year, the law enforcement community began work to determine what public safety issues might arise with the availability of legal marijuana. Much of the public discourse was simple: legalize it, regulate it, tax it and use the revenues for everything, from health care to education spending. Unfortunately, it is not that simple from a public safety perspective, and the Delta police, along with our policing partners have done a great deal of work to identify and address key issues.

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38CN AB: Alberta Police Chiefs Concerned Over Lack Of Roadside TestingFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Theobald, Claire Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

Alberta's police chiefs are feeling "overwhelmed" figuring out how to adjust policing practices ahead of marijuana legalization, Edmonton police Chief Rod Knecht said.

"The timelines are extremely tight," Knecht said outside an Edmonton Police Commission meeting at city hall on Thursday.

In an open letter, the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police warned the scheduled July 1, 2018, legalization leaves "insufficient time for the full consideration necessary in the creation of the regulatory framework to ensure the safety of Albertans."

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39 CN ON: LTE: Pot Will Complicate Police EnforcementThu, 16 Nov 2017
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:44 Added:11/21/2017

When Justin Trudeau first floated his plan to legalize marijuana he said that this was the best way to keep this dangerous drug away from our children by curbing black market sales.

As we have seen with the sale of cigarettes, after tens of millions spent fighting against organized crime's involvement selling illicit smokes, the battle is far from won.

Organized crime is involved in growing and selling pot in Colorado and Washington states and will do the same here. This has been made easier for criminal groups, as anyone is entitled to grow four plants; virtually impossible to police.

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40CN AB: Ex-Police Chief Trying To Ensure Sale Of Pot Done RightThu, 09 Nov 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Southwick, Reid Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/11/2017

Rick Hanson spent four decades in policing - more than seven of those years as Calgary's chief - where he made a career out of fighting organized crime and the local drug trade. Nearly three years into his retirement, it may come as a surprise he is now involved in the cannabis industry.

But Hanson said Wednesday he is among a growing number of former senior police officers across Canada who are leveraging their experiences to ensure legalization is done safely while eliminating criminals from the supply chain.

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41CN BC: Legalized Pot Expected To Have 'Significant Impact' On PoliceWed, 01 Nov 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Cleverley, Bill Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/06/2017

Legalizing marijuana will dramatically increase the workload for police forces across the country, says Victoria Police Chief Del Manak.

"The Cannabis Act will legalize cannabis, and I can assure you that the work for the police department and every police agency across this country is going to exponentially increase," Manak told city councillors during a budget workshop on Tuesday.

Efforts to keep drugs out of the hands of organized crime and youth and to deal with drivers who are impaired by cannabis "will not happen overnight," Manak said.

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42CN BC: Municipalities, Police Seek Cut Of Pot RevenueSun, 29 Oct 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Karstens-Smith, Gemma Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/29/2017

Province receiving input on legalized marijuana rules

Police departments and local governments are asking British Columbia for a cut of marijuana revenue as the province crafts regulations for legalized pot.

The provincial government asked for public input last month as it develops new rules. Submissions are posted online and will be accepted until Wednesday.

Feedback so far includes recommendations from Port Coquitlam and View Royal, on Vancouver Island, for pot profits to be directed to municipalities to address costs associated with enforcement.

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43CN 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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44 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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45 CN ON: Detecting Impaired Driving By Cannabis A Concern For PoliceTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:MacAlpine, Ian Area:Ontario Lines:117 Added:09/29/2017

The legalization of cannabis and the challenge of detecting drivers who are high on Ontario roads once the drug is legalized on Canada Day next year is one of the many community safety subjects being discussed at the Ontario Chiefs of Police board of directors meeting at the Four Points by Sheraton in Kingston on Monday and Tuesday.

Some of the other items being discussed by the 18-member board include public policy changes in Ontario, the future of policing, new legislation on the Safer Strategy for Ontario, and further investment in the Ontario Police College.

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46 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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47 CN SN: Police Chief Finds Fault With Pot PlanFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:White-Crummey, Arthur Area:Saskatchewan Lines:111 Added:09/27/2017

Police asking for more time before marijuana legalized, Troy Cooper tells chamber

Police Chief Troy Cooper has gone from doubtful to critical on Ottawa's marijuana plan, rejecting some key parts of the legislation and saying he's "nervous" about next summer's legalization deadline.

Cooper has long seemed hesitant over marijuana legalization. Thursday, the day of his speech to the Chamber of Commerce, was perhaps his clearest expression of frustration over the pace of the federal plan - which foresees legal weed by July 2018. "We've asked, as a police service, please give us more time," he told the audience of local business leaders gathered at the Wildlife Federation building.

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48 CN ON: Police Swoop Down On New City Pot Shop, Arrest FiveThu, 21 Sep 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Stacey, Megan Area:Ontario Lines:66 Added:09/26/2017

A police crackdown on London's most brazen new marijuana dispensary was inevitable, and residents shouldn't expect legalization to put an end to those raids, one pot advocate said.

Police descended on the London Relief Centre Wednesday morning, arresting five. A woman who witnessed the raid said more than half a dozen officers burst through the door about 10 a.m., yelling for everyone to get out of the Richmond Row business.

"It was pretty scary. They just kind of came out of nowhere," said Paula, a customer who didn't want to give her full name. "I'm still a little rattled."

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49 CN BC: PUB LTE: Police Chiefs Should Simply Enforce The LawSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Magee, Jeff Area:British Columbia Lines:42 Added:09/19/2017

Re: "Postpone legal pot, police exhort feds," Sept. 13.

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police seem to see their role as being an obstruction to the implementation of public policy. To this end, they want a delay of at least six months in the legalization of marijuana. They say this is necessary in order to train officers and certify more officers to conduct roadside tests.

Their overriding concern with the legalization of marijuana is a dramatic increase in the number of people driving stoned. Let me assure them this will not happen. They can sleep peacefully, without the fear that hordes of stoned zombies are suddenly going to be driving amok on our streets. Nothing is going to change. The simple fact is, people have been getting high for 50 years. The reason marijuana is being legalized is because almost everyone already uses it.

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50 CN ON: Police Call On Ottawa To Delay Cannabis LegalizationWed, 13 Sep 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Rabson, Mia Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:09/13/2017

Canada's police services say there is zero chance they will be ready to enforce new laws for legalized marijuana by next summer.

Officials from the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Ontario Provincial Police and the Saskatoon Police Service are among dozens of witnesses testifying to the House of Commons health committee this week as it studies the government's bill to legalize marijuana.

They said on Tuesday they need more time to properly train officers about the new laws and more than double the number of police officers who are certified to conduct roadside drug-impaired driving testing. There also needs to be more time for public education, the police said.

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