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1 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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2 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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3 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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4CN 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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5 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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6 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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7Canada: 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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8 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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9 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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10 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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11 CN ON: Editorial: Clear The Haze Soon Around MarijuanaThu, 06 Apr 2017
Source:Northumberland Today (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:58 Added:04/08/2017

This July 1 is canada's big 150th birthday bash. But July 1, 2018, could be a more interesting celebration. That's the date, according to reports, when marijuana might finally be legal.

In a weekend news leak that had the added benefit of diverting attention from an insipid federal budget, CBC reported the Liberal government will unveil its marijuana legalization bill in the next few weeks. Under it, federal authorities would take charge of licensing producers and regulating suppliers. It would set 18 as the minimum legal age for use, though provinces could set it higher.

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12 CN ON: Editorial: Clear Haze Around Pot LegalizationWed, 05 Apr 2017
Source:Simcoe Reformer, The (CN ON) Author:Spencer., Christina Area:Ontario Lines:66 Added:04/08/2017

This July 1 is Canada's big 150th birthday bash. But July 1, 2018, could be a more interesting celebration. That's the date, according to reports, when marijuana might finally be legal.

It has been reported that the Liberal government will unveil its marijuana legalization bill in the next few weeks. Under it, federal authorities would take charge of licensing producers and regulating suppliers. It would set 18 as the minimum legal age for use, though provinces could set it higher.

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13Canada: Western Provinces Push Ottawa To Help With Pot LegalizationThu, 06 Apr 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Kirkup, Kristy Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:04/06/2017

At least three provinces are making it clear they expect Ottawa to foot the bill for costs associated with its plan to legalize marijuana - - an issue that will have significant impacts in their jurisdictions.

In Edmonton on Wednesday, Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said there will likely be additional financial pressures related to regulation, testing and sharing public information about a legalized regime.

"We certainly are expecting some help with that - in what form that comes is difficult to say without having seen the regulations," she said.

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14 CN ON: The Politics Of Being Canada's Joint ChiefSun, 02 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:MacCharles, Tonda Area:Ontario Lines:356 Added:04/02/2017

He doesn't seek the limelight and he doesn't look any too comfortable in it, but former Toronto top cop Bill Blair is adapting to life in Ottawa. As the Liberals' point man for decriminalization of marijuana, he's steering radical changes . . . cautiously

OTTAWA- Bill Blair, the former undercover drug cop who rose to become Toronto police chief and now leads Justin Trudeau's charge to legalize marijuana, long ago gave up his gun and uniform. But his guard is still up. He defensively shifts position in a room when he's with a minister, switching to what he calls "protective mode." He tries to be casual: "I didn't have a first name for a decade," he tells a reporter. "Now that I've got it back" - just call him "Bill." And yet he's still all "Yes, ma'am. No, ma'am."

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15CN ON: Editorial: Cannabis Day, 2018Tue, 28 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/31/2017

This July 1 is Canada's big 150th-birthday bash. But July 1, 2018 could be a more interesting celebration. That's the date, according to reports, when marijuana might finally be legal. In a weekend news leak that had the added benefit of diverting attention from an insipid federal budget, CBC reported the Liberal government will unveil its marijuana legalization bill in the next few weeks. Under it, federal authorities would take charge of licensing producers and regulating suppliers.

It would set 18 as the minimum legal age for use, though provinces could set it higher.

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16CN BC: Opioid Clinic Saves Lives, Client SaysFri, 27 Jan 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:01/27/2017

Vancouver's medical-heroin program was modelled after treatment started in Switzerland in 1990s

The smell of rubbing alcohol permeates a tiny room where chronic heroin users inject a pharmaceutical-grade version of the drug three times a day just to feel normal.

Justin Hall, 48, exits the freshly cleaned injection room at the Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside after his second visit of the day. He plans to return in the evening for his third "shift," the same routine he has followed for 2 1/2 years.

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17 Canada: The First Lady Of Reefer MadnessSun, 01 Jan 2017
Source:Walrus, The (Canada) Author:Green, Melvyn Area:Canada Lines:451 Added:01/02/2017

How a renowned Canadian feminist popularized our racist war on drugs

Detective Joe Ricci and his partner, Alex Sinclair, were out on a routine bust in Vancouver's Chinatown. It was 1916, and Ricci and Sinclair were front-line officers in the war on opium. The drug had been criminalized in Canada eight years earlier through the introduction of the Western world's earliest drug prohibition law, and the Vancouver police department had been chasing down traffickers ever since. Ricci was a familiar sight in the neighbourhood. He had made such a big arrest in 1913 that for days after, the Vancouver Daily World reported, "not a light [was] to be seen and the ringing noise of the chuck-a-luck dice [had] stopped." But the gamblers and the opium smokers were soon back, and Ricci was out patrolling the streets again.

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18 CN ON: Column: Mr. Trudeau, Meet Mr. BrowningMon, 19 Dec 2016
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Stevens, Geoffrey Area:Ontario Lines:99 Added:12/23/2016

"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?"

- - Robert Browning

One thing the Trudeau government cannot be accused of is lack of reach. Its ambitions have carried it into endeavours the Harper government did not attempt to reach or had no interest in reaching.

These range from climate change to a process of reconciliation with First Nations … from Senate reform to a shift of some of the tax burden from middle-to high-income earners … from the appointment of a gender-equal cabinet to increased consultation with the provinces … and from overhaul of the electoral system to the legalization of marijuana.

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19 CN ON: Editorial: Cops' Weed Whacking Was Only OptionSun, 06 Nov 2016
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:57 Added:11/08/2016

They come with names such as Green Tree and Weeds Glass & Gifts, which sound harmless. But Ottawa's 16 pot shops aren't legal, and some of them have sprung up in the last few months in areas close to where kids can be found, or where shops cater to families. Many in Ottawa have clamoured for the police to shut them down.

Friday, finally, the brass took action, staging simultaneous raids on six marijuana dispensaries across the city. About time.

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20Canada: Catch And ReleaseSat, 15 Oct 2016
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Culbert, Lori Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:10/18/2016

Planning to go skiing this winter in Alberta's resort towns, or perhaps some fall camping in rural British Columbia?

Be careful if you want to fire up a joint alongside the chairlift or barbecue.

That's because police investigate more marijuana possession and trafficking incidents per capita in parts of Western Canada, despite the long-held belief that attitudes toward pot get mellower as you near the Pacific Ocean.

Postmedia analyzed 12 years of national crime statistics to determine where you had the highest odds of being questioned by police for having a small amount of bud. Lake Louise and Jasper have consistently been at the top of the list, and were followed in 2015 by several B.C. mountainside towns, including Whistler, Merritt, Hope, and Salmo.

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