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1CN 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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2 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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3 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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4 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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5 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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6 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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7 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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8 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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9CN ON: Police Scramble To Train Officers For Legal PotWed, 13 Sep 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Smith, Marie-Danielle Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:09/13/2017

Market needs legal structure, official says

OTTAWA - Police are warning it could be "impossible" for law enforcement to get trained up in time for legal marijuana in July 2018.

Testifying at a House of Commons health committee Tuesday, police leaders expressed concerns about the Liberal government's impending deadline to create a legal weed market. Organizations will need to know the new laws and regulations backwards and forwards before they can prepare their officers for duty, they said.

Mike Serr, deputy chief constable and chair of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police drug advisory committee, said the government should consider extending its deadline. "We ask that established legislative framework be put in place prior to legalization that will provide law enforcement with clear direction and assistance regarding funding and training," he said.

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10 CN ON: LTE: Request To PoliceFri, 08 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Voellmecke, Gary Area:Ontario Lines:29 Added:09/12/2017

I have a simple request of the Ottawa police in regard to the "safe" injection site and marijuana shops: Stop interpreting the law and enforce it.

Surely, not too much to ask!

Gary Voellmecke


(You wouldn't think so, but here we are.)


11 CN NS: Tasty Budds Store Searched By PoliceWed, 30 Aug 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Woodford, Zane Area:Nova Scotia Lines:47 Added:09/01/2017

Four arrested by officers in Cole Harbour dispensary

One day after Tasty Budds reopened its five Nova Scotia locations following police raids last week, one of them has again been searched by police.

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jennifer Clarke confirmed to Metro Tuesday afternoon that police searched the Tasty Budds location in Cole Harbour.

"We arrested four people, one of whom will be in court tomorrow morning in Dartmouth," Clarke said.

Charges are expected against that one person, and Clarke said police will be naming them on Wednesday.

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12 CN NS: Tasty Budds President Apologizes After Police Raids And DrugMon, 28 Aug 2017
Source:Chronicle Herald (CN NS) Author:Beswick, Aaron Area:Nova Scotia Lines:74 Added:08/31/2017

Tasty Budds president Mal McMeekin is "very sorry" about alleged illegal activities that police say were occuring at his company's storefronts.

"We want to be very clear that the alleged illegal activity was occuring at one Tasty Budds location (Sackville Location)," reads a written statement sent to The Chronicle Herald and attributed to Mal McMeekin.

"This only came to our attention through the recent police activity and investigation. This is a gross violation of our code of conduct, our ethics, and everything that Tasty Budds stands for."

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13CN ON: Police Raids Can't Prune Pot Shop NumbersMon, 28 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/31/2017

Ottawa police cracked down on the city's illegal marijuana shops last week, raiding three of them.

All three establishments restocked their shelves and opened again, demonstrating how difficult it has become to control the growth of dispensaries.

There are at least 19 shops in Ottawa, more than when police began raiding them almost a year ago. The dispensaries are popping up across Canada in advance of the federal government's pledge to legalize recreational pot by July 2018.

Some Ottawa shop employees say they don't fear being arrested for drug trafficking.

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14CN AB: Justice Minister Praises Police Drug WorkWed, 23 Aug 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:08/23/2017

Alberta's justice minister says the province's law enforcement communities are having to "constantly" adapt in their efforts to combat the evolving methods of illicit drug manufacturers.

Following news that health workers have found possible fentanyl-laced stickers in Calgary and Edmonton, Kathleen Ganley told reporters that police are doing a "very good job" of staying on top of emerging drug trends.

That vigilance on the part of authorities is key, Ganley says.

"It's like this with most types of drugs, they're sort of constantly adapting to continue to try to keep those hidden and we're having to constantly adapt to continue to try to find those. We'll continue to use intelligence to move forward."

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15 CN ON: City Councillor Asks Police Chief To Close West-End Pot ShopFri, 18 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Blackmore, Olivia Area:Ontario Lines:45 Added:08/19/2017

Bay Ward Coun. Mark Taylor has written a letter to police Chief Charles Bordeleau asking Bordeleau to close a marijuana pot dispensary on McEwen Avenue.

The letter comes days after the west-side dispensary was robbed for the third time in two months.

"I am writing you today with respect to the CanaGreen marijuana location at 102 McEwen Ave. in my ward, its ongoing illegal activities and the repeated break-in events that have occurred there," Taylor said Thursday in his letter, which he also posted on Twitter.

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16 CN ON: LTE: Disputed Drug Bust Justified, Police SayFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Renwick, Chris Area:Ontario Lines:58 Added:08/15/2017

Re: 'I lost everything': Ottawa man loses home after false fentanyl bust, Ottawa Citizen, July 31.

The Caldwell Avenue apartment was well known to both Ottawa Police patrol officers and Ottawa Community Housing due to the heavy traffic and disruptive drug activities. Officers and paramedics were dispatched twice to the apartment in April 2017 for people who had overdosed.

In light of prevalent drug consumption at the apartment and concerns for public safety, the Ottawa Police Drug Unit began an investigation into the suspected sale of controlled substances. A thorough investigation confirmed activity consistent with drug trafficking, and a search warrant was executed on April 25.

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17CN ON: Column: Police Should Make Amends To Royston ChristieFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Adam, Mohammed Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

The scourge of fentanyl has hit the nation's capital with devastating consequences, and kudos to Ottawa police for going into overdrive to bring to justice the criminals who traffic in this deadly drug. But there is no excuse for what they did to Royston Christie after a drug raid at his Caldwell Avenue home.

And it is a shame that months later, nobody has raised a finger to support a man wrongly accused of dealing drugs and then left homeless to boot. Ottawa police have sent a letter to the Citizen (see below, left) giving their take on the arrest, but it still doesn't answer the fundamental question about Christie's treatment.

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18CN ON: Ex-police Chief Applauds Drug ProgramThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Payne, Elizabeth Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/14/2017

Former Ottawa police chief and current senator Vern White is applauding an opioid replacement program being set up by Ottawa Inner City Health. He has been calling for similar programs across the country.

White planned to contact Wendy Muckle, the executive director of the non-profit health agency that works with Ottawa's homeless.

"I am going to congratulate her on being willing to take on the bigger discussion around addiction," White said.

"I guarantee this will make a difference in terms of crime."

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19CN BC: Police Issue Warning, Fearing Public Will Get Caught Up InFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Bolan, Kim Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/04/2017

The sun was setting on Coal Harbour last week when the Vancouver police marine squad took special notice of a charter boat called the Magic Charm.

Aboard the vessel were dozens of young men, some of whom were linked to the Red Scorpion gang. Several had chest tattoos reading "My brother's keeper."

The anti-gang Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit was called in to check the party boat crowd when it docked beside the Westin Bayshore around 9 p.m. on July 25. It was another tense interaction between the police and some of those involved in the

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20 CN AB: Property Crime Increases Are Due To Drugs, Police SaySat, 29 Jul 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Revell, Peggy Area:Alberta Lines:67 Added:07/29/2017

Property crimes of all sorts have increased in 2016, according to statistics included within the Medicine Hat Police's 2016 annual report published last week - numbers police say are linked together with the increased amount of meth and opiates being seen in the city.

"The biggest thing is thefts of convenience," said Insp. Brent Secondiak of the MHPS. "They will take stuff to make money that's convenient for them ... they won't do a lot of work for it."

"They will steal stuff from vehicles that are left open, they'll steal stuff from bicycles left in the yard."

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21 CN AB: Opiates, Meth Pose Big Problem For PoliceWed, 26 Jul 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Revell, Peggy Area:Alberta Lines:89 Added:07/28/2017

A "huge spike" in opiate and methamphetamine seizures this past year poses a deadly and multifaceted problem for local law enforcement, says a police inspector.

"We are hugely concerned with meth," said Insp. Brent Secondiak, speaking about the 2016 annual police report released last week.

In 2016, police seized 52.5 grams of heroin and 1,474 grams of meth, a 563 per cent and 300 per cent increase from 2015 respectively.

While fentanyl has made headlines across Canada for its deadliness, Secondiak said it hasn't been a problem in Medicine Hat compared to other drugs.

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22 CN AB: Police Chief Encouraged By Crime DipWed, 26 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Calgary, CN AB) Author:Cameron, Elizabeth Area:Alberta Lines:41 Added:07/28/2017

Calgary's police chief said his officers haven't changed their approach when it comes to marijuana, despite a slight dip in pot-related crimes being reported in 2016.

Numbers released yesterday by Statistics Canada show Calgary's police-reported crime declined significantly last year, unlike other major Canadian cities which mostly saw an increase.

Alberta also saw a drop in the homicide rate, with 17 fewer homicides in 2016 than 2015. Calgary's crime rate was down 1 per cent from 2015 numbers, which Chief Roger Chaffin called 'encouraging.'

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23 CN MB: Police Can Confirm Pot Licences 24-7Wed, 19 Jul 2017
Source:Brandon Sun (CN MB) Author:Hitchen, Ian Area:Manitoba Lines:98 Added:07/21/2017

Health Canada says police officers can call them any time when it comes to confirming whether citizens have legal authority to produce and possess medicinal marijuana.

The department's ability to notify police of those who legitimately possess cannabis for that purpose was recently criticized in a lawsuit launched by a Brandon couple whose legal medical grow-op was mistakenly raided by RCMP.

"Health Canada negligently administered a system of license retention and issuance notification by failing to establish and maintain proper protocols for notice to arresting authorities … as to the legitimacy of licenses such as those held by persons such as the plaintiffs, and the plaintiffs in particular," Jerry Pomehichuk and Brenda Wakefield assert in their statement of claim.

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24 CN ON: Mohawk Police Tackle Pot IssueWed, 12 Jul 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jason Area:Ontario Lines:90 Added:07/14/2017

Police chief Ron Maracle said there is a plan of action, but won't say what it is

The Mohawk police chief is set to initiate 'proactive policing' to address the proliferation of illegal marijuana dispensaries on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

"There is a plan of action, but I'm not looking to put it out at this point," said chief Ron Maracle about potential police initiatives to crack down on the dispensaries which have been warned about the risk of continuing operation without proper licences. "I still have another meeting with chief and council, on Monday, before I put my plan in action."

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25 CN ON: Police Monitoring Marijuana Grow-OpTue, 11 Jul 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mercer, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:78 Added:07/14/2017

Highway 7 site believed to be operating legally

BRESLAU - Waterloo Regional Police say they're monitoring a large marijuana grow-op at the former Waterloo Flowers greenhouse site - and believe it's operating within the law for medical marijuana for "personal consumption."

The site isn't owned by one of the 28 federally licensed producers in Ontario that supply's Canada's mail-order medical marijuana, and its less-than-discreet cannabis production beside a busy Highway 7 has prompted rampant speculation among neighbours.

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26 CN ON: Police Chief Voices Safety ConcernWed, 05 Jul 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Hamilton-McCharles, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:58 Added:07/10/2017

Losing needle exchange program will be 'devastating'

Losing the city's largest needle exchange program will put the public and police at risk, North Bay Police Chief Shawn Devine said Tuesday at the monthly police board meeting.

Devine said the closure of the Nipissing Detoxification and Substance Abuse Program on King Street July 31, as it prepares to shut down in September, will impact community safety and well-being on many levels.

"Losing the services … is going to be devastating and will only lead to unsafe situations for the general public and our front-line officers," he said in his report to the board.

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27 CN ON: Local Police Saved Four Lives With Naloxone In The Last TwoThu, 06 Jul 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:64 Added:07/07/2017

WATERLOO REGION - In the past two months, police officers have administered the life-saving nasal naloxone six times, saving four lives.

The other two times, officers received the naloxone themselves after being "contaminated" with the potent drug fentanyl, Police Chief Bryan Larkin told board members at a Waterloo Regional Police Services Board on Wednesday.

Naloxone is an antidote to fentanyl and it's being used by paramedics and now police officers to cope with the rising number of opioid overdoses in the region.

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28CN ON: Province To Inspect Police Drug Vault From Which CocaineWed, 05 Jul 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Sacheli, Sarah Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:07/07/2017

Provincial officials will conduct an inspection of the Windsor police drug vault after the disappearance of $25,000 worth of cocaine seized nearly four years ago.

Police Chief Al Frederick said he met with officials from the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services Friday to discuss the inspection. "They have not done the inspection as of yet," Frederick said Tuesday.

Windsor police lost track of nine grams of cocaine seized as part of a 2013 investigation that included wiretaps and multiple arrests. When one of the drug dealers went to trial earlier this year, police could not produce the cocaine they testified they had seized from him. The judge expressed concerns about the missing evidence, but convicted the man nonetheless.

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29 CN ON: Police Report Increase In Drug Use At Ever After MusicWed, 05 Jul 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:07/07/2017

KITCHENER - The number of people who were impaired by drugs or alcohol at the Ever After Music Festival at Bingemans was up from last year, and that's cause for concern, says a report to be presented at the Waterloo Regional Police Services Board on Wednesday.

The report says the number of young people impaired put "significant pressure" on medical staff at the event held in Kitchener last month.

Police said they received 342 calls. Nearly half of them were related to drugs, with 129 drug-related incidents and 100 noise complaints. The remainder ranged from public intoxication, medical calls with transportation to a local hospital and other liquor offences.

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30 CN BC: New Plan Needed To Fight Overdose Crisis: Police ChiefWed, 28 Jun 2017
Source:Abbotsford News (CN BC) Author:Hopes, Vikki Area:British Columbia Lines:86 Added:07/03/2017

Prevention, early intervention key, Rich says

Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich recalls the phone call he received from a mom traumatized by the death of her adult son.

The man was prescribed opioids to cope with the physical pain following an operation, but he became addicted and turned to buying drugs on the streets.

His habit turned fatal when he ingested a substance that was, unknowingly to him, laced with fentanyl.

"That's just horrible to me. We're talking about somebody who never would have been a drug addict … That makes me angry," Rich said of the incident.

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31CN AB: Neighbours Cheer Police As Suspected Drug House BustedThu, 29 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Passifiume, Bryan Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:07/03/2017

Officers lay 45 charges and seize weapons and drugs in swoop on Applewood home

Police are crediting tips from the public in shutting down a suspected Applewood drug house that resulted in 45 criminal charges against two people.

A search warrant executed June 22 at a home on Applecroft Road S.E. yielded drugs, weapons and cash - and, according to Sgt. Nick Wilsher, a return to normalcy for area residents.

"It affects the community itself so much," Wilsher said Wednesday, speaking to media at police headquarters.

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32 CN ON: Police Raid 7 Pot Dispensary LocationsFri, 23 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Howells, Laura Area:Ontario Lines:111 Added:06/23/2017

Canna Clinic's Toronto stores shut down after Tory voiced concerns about pot shop rise

In a series of mid-morning raids Thursday, police shut down marijuana dispensaries operated in Toronto by B.C.-based Canna Clinic.

All seven of the company's storefront locations in Toronto were raided, as well as five residences, said Toronto police corporate communications director Mark Pugash. There were also three raids in Vancouver.

A bar owner near the company's Kensington Ave. clinic said police came around 10 a.m. Customers were allowed to leave before police closed the store.

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33 CN NS: OPED: How Prepared Are Police For Drug-Related ImpairedFri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Amherst News (CN NS) Author:Gannes, Geoff de Area:Nova Scotia Lines:76 Added:06/19/2017

Canada's law enforcement agencies, MADD Canada and other first responders took to the country's roads and highways recently in their annual campaign to promote safety on our highways over the summer holiday season.

Adding to the complexity of addressing the issue of impaired driving is the steady increase in the numbers of drivers who have been stopped for drug impairment.

Law enforcement is also concerned that the impending legalization of marijuana by the Trudeau Government will compound the problem.

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34 CN NS: Regional Police Preparing For Legal CannabisWed, 14 Jun 2017
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS) Author:King, Nancy Area:Nova Scotia Lines:81 Added:06/19/2017

Municipalities are the ones who are going to be dealing with it on a daily basis

The Cape Breton Regional Police Service is attempting to prepare for the impending legalization of cannabis but it's unclear how much it will cost to put the necessary supports in place, Chief Peter McIsaac says.

In a report to the board of police commissioners Tuesday, McIsaac outlined some of the measures that the service is taking to prepare for the change. The federal government is set to legalize the recreational use of cannabis next year but it hasn't been explained yet how it will be regulated and distributed. While the law will be federal, it will be left to the provinces and municipalities to regulate it, he said.

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35 CN ON: Officer Charged Over Opioids Stolen From PoliceMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Clairmont, Susan Area:Ontario Lines:158 Added:05/29/2017

At least 30 cases linked to drugs missing from a storage locker likely will be dropped, setting accused dealers free

A Halton cop who spent years taking drugs off the street is facing five criminal charges after prescription opioids were stolen from a police evidence locker.

At least 30 cases connected to the missing drugs likely will be dropped because of the evidence-tampering, setting accused dealers free.

Staff Sgt. Brad Murray was in charge of the Drug and Morality Unit at the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) and had authorization to access the locked storage area where all drugs seized by the service were kept and catalogued.

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36 CN ON: Police Bust Marijuana DispensarySat, 27 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:47 Added:05/27/2017

CAMBRIDGE - Waterloo Regional Police drug officers closed down a marijuana dispensary in Cambridge on Wednesday.

Police raided the storefront business at 184 Samuelson St. near Elgin Street North at 1 p.m.

Police spokesperson Cherri Greeno said the illegal business did not have an official name.

During the raid, police seized a large amount of marijuana, marijuana products, a small amount of suspected cocaine and prescription pills, including Xanax and Oxycocet.

A 29-year-old Cambridge man and a 21-year-old Cambridge woman were arrested. Both face several charges, including possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance.

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37 CN ON: Police Raid Kitchener Marijuana DispensarySat, 13 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:51 Added:05/15/2017

KITCHENER - Waterloo Regional Police raided a marijuana dispensary in Kitchener on Thursday.

Insp. Mike Haffner said police arrested two people and two others remain at large in connection with selling marijuana at the business.

The raid occurred at 10:45 a.m. at the KW Dispensary at 1421 Victoria St. N., near Lackner Boulevard.

Property seized from the location included marijuana and cannabis products such as edible treats along with money.

Police said the business owners received numerous letters telling them to close the business, which is considered illegal, or face a police crackdown.

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38 Canada: Canadians Reject Plan To Increase Police Power To OrderSat, 13 May 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Leblanc, Daniel Area:Canada Lines:94 Added:05/15/2017

A majority of Canadians oppose the federal government's plan to give greater powers to police officers to obtain breath samples from drivers in roadside tests, a new poll has found.

As part of its legislative package last month to legalize marijuana, the government also tabled a bill to update impaired driving laws.

Bill C-46 would drop the requirement for police to have a reasonable suspicion a driver has been drinking before demanding a breath sample. For example, officers would no longer need to smell alcohol on the driver's breath or receive an admission that a driver had been drinking.

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39 CN ON: He Saved 17 People But Police Want To Jail HimSun, 30 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Contenta, Sandro Area:Ontario Lines:394 Added:05/01/2017

Mark Baratta works with drug users on the front lines of Ontario's opioid epidemic. But as deaths mount, Baratta's story illustrates how far society has to go to end the crisis . . . if it so chooses

Like most people who might be called heroes, Mark Baratta shies away from the label. A lean and purposeful man, Baratta has saved 17 people, each on separate occasions. He chalks it up, with a shrug of his shoulders, to keeping his head in the presence of death.

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40CN ON: Police To Continue To Enforce Marijuana LawsWed, 19 Apr 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Samba, Mugoli Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:04/22/2017

Chief says officers will arrest and charge users since pot not legal until July 2018

Windsor police Chief Al Frederick says that police will keep enforcing current marijuana laws - including during "4/20" celebrations planned in Windsor on Thursday - despite the Trudeau government's intention to legalize its use.

"Today, marijuana is illegal," Frederick said in a scrum with reporters following the unveiling of Windsor police's 150th anniversary cruiser Tuesday. "And anybody who (illegally) possesses or traffics marijuana today is subject to prosecution. No question."

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41 CN BC: Police, Organizers Ready For 4-20 RallyThu, 20 Apr 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Li, Wanyee Area:British Columbia Lines:76 Added:04/22/2017

Beach Avenue along Sunset Beach closed Thursday

The stage is set for today's 4-20 pot rally at Sunset Beach in Vancouver and organizers say the annual protest is here to stay despite the federal government's intention to legalize pot next year.

The unpermitted event, which drew 25,000 people to the beach last year, will feature more than 300 vendor booths and live music.

Park board commissioners voted against giving 4-20 event organizers a permit for this year's event but that hasn't changed things on the ground, said marijuana advocate, Dana Larsen.

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42 CN ON: Police Will Be Ready For LegalizationSat, 15 Apr 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mercer, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:135 Added:04/19/2017

Chief Larkin says 'home (pot) farmers' a worry, as Liberal, Tory MPs at odds

WATERLOO REGION - Waterloo Region's top law enforcement official says "society has spoken" and his officers will be ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana by next summer.

But Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin still has concerns about the challenges to police trying to catch people who toke and drive - and keep an eye on all the potential "home farmers" who might want to grow their own marijuana plants.

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43 CN ON: Police Raid Georgia Peach Pot DispensarySat, 15 Apr 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Thorpe, Ryan Area:Ontario Lines:58 Added:04/19/2017

Hess Village enterprise back in business Thursday, day after visit by drug squad

Hamilton police have seized about $21,000 in products from a Hess Village marijuana dispensary and charged a 49-year-old man with four drug-related offences.

The Hamilton police vice and drug unit executed a search warrant at Georgia Peach Dispensary on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. The shop is located at 105 George St.

Police allege the owner of the dispensary was "committing the criminal acts of possession for the purpose of trafficking marijuana and THC" by selling or giving marijuana or marijuana derivatives to clients.

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44 Canada: Police To Get Sweeping Authority In Impaired Driving OverhaulFri, 14 Apr 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Fine, Sean Area:Canada Lines:105 Added:04/16/2017

Police would be given sweeping new authority to combat drunk driving by demanding a breath sample from any driver at roadside, as the Liberal government prepares for the legalization of marijuana with a major overhaul of impaired-driving laws.

A proposed law introduced in Parliament on Thursday drops the requirement that police need a reasonable suspicion that a driver has been drinking before demanding a breath sample. It will almost certainly be challenged as a violation of the constitutional right to be free from unreasonable searches, legal observers say.

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45 CN ON: Police Train For Rise In Drugged Driving After PotThu, 13 Apr 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Casey, Liam Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:04/15/2017

TORONTO - Ontario's two largest police services have stepped up training for their officers to better detect drugged driving as legislation on legalizing marijuana looms in Ottawa.

Both Toronto police and Ontario Provincial Police are waiting to pore over the federal government's much-anticipated pot bill, which is expected to be tabled on Thursday, with a keen eye on provisions around impaired driving related to the drug.

In Toronto, about a dozen officers are being trained each month in field sobriety testing, a series of physical movements used by police to test for drug impairment, according to Const. Clint Stibbe of the service's traffic services. There are already about 200 officers trained in that area, he said.

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46 CN ON: Police Bust Marijuana StoreMon, 10 Apr 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Crosier, Steph Area:Ontario Lines:49 Added:04/13/2017

A Kingston man and woman have been charged by local police after officers accompanied the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on a search warrant execution at 420 Kingston and a private residence on Friday.

Sgt. Brad Brooker, of the Kingston Police street crime unit, said on Saturday that the CBSA was the lead agency on the lengthy investigation under the Customs Act and Plant Protection Act. The search warrant was approved for the business located at 736 Princess St. and the residence of the two accused on Ellesmere Avenue.

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47 CN ON: Drug Conviction Tossed Police Search IllegalFri, 31 Mar 2017
Source:Barrie Examiner (CN ON) Author:Perkel, Colin Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:04/04/2017

TORONTO - A man with a marijuana grow-op in his Barrie basement has had his drug conviction thrown out because police had no right to enter his home, even though his four-year-old child had been found wandering alone near a busy intersection dressed only in a diaper, Ontario's top court ruled on Wednesday.

While officers said they went into the Barrie home to check that the child would be safe, the Court of Appeal found that to be a ruse.

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48 CN AB: Complications come with legal pot: Police ChiefSat, 01 Apr 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Slade, Gillian Area:Alberta Lines:78 Added:04/01/2017

Legalizing marijuana is not going to reduce policing costs, and in fact, the opposite is true, says Medicine Hat Police Service.

"There are a lot of details to be determined and it certainly is not going to save the police time and money and will probably cost more in the end because there will be regulations to be enforced," said police chief Andy McGrogan.

In the next 10 days the federal government will introduce legislation to legalize marijuana, which will come into effect about a year from now. Provinces will set an age restriction for buying marijuana and determine how it will be accessed at the retail level.

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49 CN AB: Police On High AlertThu, 30 Mar 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:70 Added:03/31/2017

More funding, data sought to help detect drug-impaired driving

The Calgary Police Service wants more information and more funding for drug impairment recognition training of front-line officers before pot becomes legal in Canada.

At a meeting of the Calgary police commission this week, CPS outlined the steps the service is taking following the announcement this week that the Liberal government will introduce legislation to legalize marijuana by July 1, 2018.

Sgt. Richard Butler, who heads the force's alcohol and drug recognition unit, warned the legalization of the drug in other jurisdictions has been accompanied by a rise in collision rates and costs associated with policing drug-impaired drivers.

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50CN AB: City Police Crafting Plan For Legal PotThu, 30 Mar 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:03/31/2017

The Calgary Police Service wants more information and more funding for drug impairment recognition training for front-line officers before marijuana becomes legal in Canada.

At a meeting of the Calgary police commission this week, CPS outlined the steps the service is taking following the announcement this week that the Liberal government will introduce legislation to legalize pot by July 1, 2018.

Sgt. Richard Butler, who heads the force's alcohol and drug recognition unit, warned that the legalization of the drug in other jurisdictions has been accompanied by a rise in collision rates and costs associated with policing drug-impaired drivers.

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