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1 CN ON: Editorial: Push Pot Bill Through SenateSat, 10 Feb 2018
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:81 Added:02/15/2018

The ongoing effort in the Senate to derail the passage of the Liberal government's bill to legalize marijuana is not an exercise in sober second thought, as its Conservative proponents claim, but an attempt to obstruct democracy. The Trudeau government should use the tools at its disposal to push this important legislation through the Upper House.

Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, and C-46, which would tighten rules on impaired driving related to marijuana use, have been before the Senate since the Commons passed them in late November. And they may languish there forever if the government does not invoke so-called time allocation, a tool for curtailing debate that the Liberals have largely eschewed.

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2 Canada: Ottawa Threatening To Force Vote On Cannabis LegalizationWed, 14 Feb 2018
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Leblanc, Daniel Area:Canada Lines:94 Added:02/14/2018

The federal government is threatening to force a vote in the Senate to speed up the adoption of the marijuana-legalization bill, stating industry and governments need a clear timeline to a legal-cannabis market.

This government has never imposed time allocation in the Senate, but it says it will have no choice if Conservative senators use procedural tricks to delay the legislation.

In a speech on Tuesday, the government's representative in the Senate, Peter Harder, said he wants a vote to send Bill C-45 to committee before the start of a two week break on March 1. He said that if he does not obtain all-party support for his proposal, he will move a motion to force a vote.

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3Canada: Government Threatens To Cut Off Senate Debate On Pot AsWed, 14 Feb 2018
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Bryden, Joan Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:02/14/2018

OTTAWA - The federal government is moving to ensure the Senate doesn't hold up its plans to legalize recreational marijuana in July.

The government's representative in the upper house, Sen. Peter Harder, served notice Tuesday that he wants second reading debate on Bill C-45 wrapped up by March 1, after which it would go to committee for detailed examination before returning to the chamber for a final debate and vote.

If the various Senate factions won't agree to that timetable, Harder warned he will move a motion to impose time allocation to cut off debate - the first time he's threatened to resort to that tactic since taking on the role of government representative two years ago.

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4 Canada: Big Employers Push For Drug Testing As Pot Legalization LoomsMon, 12 Feb 2018
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Leblanc, Daniel Area:Canada Lines:104 Added:02/12/2018

The country's biggest airlines, train and trucking firms, construction companies and transit authorities are urging the government to allow them to conduct mandatory drug tests for key members of their work forces.

The issue of testing is currently in front of the Senate, where two bills are being studied: C-45 to legalize cannabis by the summer, and C-46 to make it easier for law-enforcement authorities to crack down on impaired driving.

Ottawa wants C-46 to be adopted before the prohibition on cannabis is lifted to deal with the potential consequences of increased consumption. Among other things, the legislation will create new drug-impaired driving offences and make it easier for police to conduct random roadside tests for alcohol.

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5 Canada: Ministers To Defend Pot Legalization Amid Concerns OverTue, 06 Feb 2018
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Leblanc, Daniel Area:Canada Lines:94 Added:02/07/2018

Three federal ministers are set to defend their government's plans to legalize cannabis in the Senate amid widespread concerns over Ottawa's ability to crack down on drug-impaired driving once the recreational market opens up later this year.

The Senate is currently studying two bills, C-45 and C-46, that respectively will lift the prohibition on the recreational consumption of marijuana and create new drug-impaired driving offences.

On Tuesday afternoon, the federal ministers of Justice, Health and Public Safety will appear at a special session of the Senate to answer questions about the plan to legalize cannabis for recreational use by all adults by July 1.

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6 CN ON: Local MPs Split On Marijuana LawWed, 10 Jan 2018
Source:Glengarry News, The (CN ON) Author:Carmichael, Scott Area:Ontario Lines:81 Added:01/15/2018

The federal with a handful of minor revisions, passed its third and final reading in the House of Commons November 27 and has moved on to the Senate for further review and discussion.

A total of 200 Members of Parliament voted in favour of the legislation - Bill C-45 - with 82 voting against it.

Following the final vote, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted "we're one step closer to legalizing & regulating marijuana. #BillC45 means less money for organized crime and harder access for our kids."

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7 Canada: Ottawa Targets Black A And Grey A Markets With Legal CannabisTue, 02 Jan 2018
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Leblanc, Daniel Area:Canada Lines:161 Added:01/06/2018

The legalization of cannabis in coming months will offer a clear opportunity for provinces to shut down the black market for the drug and put an end to any notion there are still "grey" areas in Canadian law, top Liberal officials said.

In a joint interview, federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor and her parliamentary secretary, former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, said the new regime for legal marijuana will vary by province, as different rules are being put in place for distribution and retail.

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8Canada: Half Of All Pot Users Shrug Off Driving RiskWed, 20 Dec 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Forrest, Maura Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:12/24/2017

OTTAWA - A new Health Canada survey shows that Canadians are hazy on the risks of driving high.

Only half of respondents who had consumed cannabis in the past year felt that marijuana use affects driving, according to the Canadian Cannabis Survey, released Tuesday, compared with 75 per cent of all respondents. Another 24 per cent said it depends, while 19 per cent said cannabis doesn't affect driving.

Of those who had used marijuana in the last 12 months, 39 per cent said they had driven within two hours of consuming cannabis at some point in their lives. Forty per cent of those said they had done it in the previous 30 days, and 15 per cent said they had driven after using cannabis in combination with alcohol. Only two per cent reported an interaction with police related to driving under the influence.

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9 CN ON: OPED: Marijuana Legislation Will Not Achieve Its ObjectivesWed, 20 Dec 2017
Source:Hill Times, The (Ottawa, CN ON) Author:Unger, Betty Area:Ontario Lines:111 Added:12/20/2017

Bill C-45 is horrible legislation which will not achieve its objectives and should never see the light of day. The Senate will do its job and thoroughly study the Bill, but Canadians will be well-served if it is defeated, writes Alberta Senator Betty Unger.

It's difficult to remember the last time the federal government and the provinces came to an agreement on revenue sharing in a single day. But that's what happened last week when the feds agreed to give the provinces 75 per cent of tax revenue generated by the sale of marijuana.

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10 CN ON: Doctor Rebukes Mp Over Marijuana ClaimSat, 02 Dec 2017
Source:Chatham Daily News, The (CN ON) Author:Morrison, Tom Area:Ontario Lines:79 Added:12/06/2017

Legalized marijuana will 'enslave our youth" and turn the federal government into "the new pusher on the block," a Chatham politician says - drawing a rebuke from the community's top publichealth official.

Dave Van Kesteren said that nothing about the federal government's Cannabis Act is good, but he's particularly concerned about how it allows youth ages 11 to 17 to carry up to five grams of cannabis.

"Doctors have been saying, psychiatrists have been saying, that because the brain is still forming and is not fully formed by the time somebody is 25, somebody below that age should certainly not be using it," the Conservative member said in an interview.

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11 CN AB: Column: Slap-Dash Approach To Pot LegalizationFri, 01 Dec 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Harder, Rachael Area:Alberta Lines:118 Added:12/06/2017

On Monday, Nov. 27, The Cannabis Act passed third reading. This was the last vote in the House of Commons before the legislation goes to the Senate for review and approval. The government's plan is to have marijuana on the market for recreational use starting July 1, 2018.

I voted "no" to this legislation. Here's why:

The Liberal government has been told by numerous authorities, including the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, to slow down. There's no reason the legislation needs to come into effect on July 1, 2018 and law enforcement agents have warned the government of the negative impact its rushed time frame will have on officers and the safety of Canadians.

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12CN BC: You'll Need To Be 19 To Buy Pot In B.C.Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Kines, Lindsay Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:12/06/2017

Liquor branch will be sole distributor, retail system to be unveiled

British Columbians will have to be at least 19 years of age to buy and use marijuanaonce the federal government legalizes recreational pot in the summer.

B.C. Solicitor General Mike Farnworth announced the minimum age limit Tuesday in releasing a series of policy decisions on the regulation of non-medicinal marijuana.

He said the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch will be the wholesale distributor of marijuana in the province.

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13 Canada: Ottawa To Launch Public Consultations On $1-A-Gram Pot TaxMon, 06 Nov 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Leblanc, Daniel Area:Canada Lines:104 Added:11/11/2017

The federal government is moving on a number of fronts as it pushes toward the legalization of cannabis by next summer, including launching public consultations on the proposed excise tax of $1 a gram.

In addition, federal officials are putting the finishing touches on complex regulations that will set the rules for the production and distribution of cannabis "from seed to sale." Once they are made public in coming weeks, the regulations will be the subject of separate consultations, with the government seeking input of everyone from producers to consumers to health experts.

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14CN 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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15 Canada: Right To A Timely Trial 'Cannot Be Lightly Discarded'Sat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Bronskill, Jim Area:Canada Lines:88 Added:06/17/2017

Supreme Court affirms landmark ruling on court delays

OTTAWA - All players in the justice system need to do their part to target the "root causes" of unnecessary trial delays, the Supreme Court of Canada said Friday in affirming its landmark ruling on timely proceedings.

The high court ruled unanimously that a Newfoundland and Labrador man facing drug and weapon charges should not go to trial under new rules spelled out last July for determining unjustifiable court delays.

The latest decision comes amid intense public and political debate over the time limits for trials, including a Senate committee report this week that expressed concern over accused criminals walking free.

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16 Canada: Top Court Upholds Ruling On Trial LimitsSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Fine, Sean Area:Canada Lines:129 Added:06/17/2017

Supreme Court rejects plea by five provinces that intervened in case of accused drug trafficker dismissed because of delay

The Supreme Court has taken a tough line on delay in the criminal courts, rejecting a plea from the provinces to be more flexible after a year-old ruling spread turmoil through the justice system.

In its first chance to revisit delay since its groundbreaking ruling in R v Jordan last summer, the court spoke bluntly to five provincial attorneys-general who intervened in the case of James Cody, an accused drug trafficker whose charges were thrown out for unreasonable delay. The provinces had asked the court to make it easier to justify delay.

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17Canada: Column: Progress On Opioids, Incoherence On MarijuanaThu, 18 May 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Selley, Chris Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:05/20/2017

Legalizing pot shouldn't be this hard to get right

The move toward marijuana legalization is … still not as coherent as it could be, let's say.

The Liberal legislation, unveiled last month, would establish rules around THC-impaired driving that may well prove unconstitutional: science has yet to establish a solid link between a given level of THC concentration in a driver's blood or saliva and his level of impairment.

Frustratingly, there are still those who use this as an argument against legalization - as if it would create pot-impaired drivers where there are none today.

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18 CN BC: Marijuana Legalization Won't Happen Overnight: MPTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Cranbrook Daily Townsman (CN BC) Author:Crawley, Trevor Area:British Columbia Lines:152 Added:04/21/2017

The federal Liberal government released their plan to legalize marijuana last week in Ottawa, however, anyone thinking that it is going to happen overnight is in for a rude awakening.

Kootenay Columbia MP Wayne Stetski says the legislation actually contains two bills - one bill on marijuana legalization and another bill amending the criminal code to enact harsher impaired driving penalties, for both marijuana and alcohol.

First, the legislation has to be introduced into Parliament for first and second reading, before going to an all-party committee meeting. That committee can call in experts ranging from doctors to lawyers to police to testify on the merits or shortcomings of the bill. From there, recommendations are sent back to Parliament, which are rolled into a third reading.

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19 CN MB: PUB LTE: High On LifeMon, 17 Apr 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Buors, Chris Area:Manitoba Lines:45 Added:04/19/2017

Jim Warren should have told us what age he figures is old enough to join the army to kill and die for your country if he figures the government should be protecting children from cannabis until they are 21.

I figure if you're old enough to kill or die for your country, you're old enough to engage in vices. Governments were never intended to protect children from adult vices. It is the duty of parents to instill ethics and morals in their children, not the state.

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20 Canada: Ottawa Still Facing Obstacles On Road To Legalizing MarijuanaThu, 13 Apr 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Leblanc, Daniel Area:Canada Lines:102 Added:04/15/2017

Ottawa will have to launch a series of negotiations as soon as it tables its long-awaited bill to legalize marijuana on Thursday, needing to strike deals with the Senate, the provinces and the U.S. government in its bid to lift the 94-year-old prohibition on the drug.

For starters, the Liberals will need to adopt a raft of legislative changes in the House of Commons, where they have a solid majority, but also through an independent Senate that is increasingly asserting its desire to study and amend government bills.

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