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1Canada: 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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2 CN ON: Many Teens Get Into Cars With Impaired DriversThu, 18 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Weidner, Johanna Area:Ontario Lines:66 Added:05/20/2017

One in three high school students reports riding with a driver who has been drinking and one in five got in a car with a driver that consumed marijuana, according to a new University of Waterloo study.

Half of all students in Grades 11 and 12 admitted to at least one risky behaviour, either driving after drinking or using marijuana or being a passenger in the car of an impaired driver.

"For half of kids to be putting themselves in that kind of risk seems really high," said Leia Minaker, lead author on the paper and an assistant professor at Waterloo.

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3 Canada: Hi, It's Illegal To Drive HighTue, 16 May 2017
Source:Toronto 24hours (CN ON) Author:Richard, Joanne Area:Canada Lines:75 Added:05/19/2017

Edgy campaign features cheeky menus, radio spots

In the mood for a garlic gummy worm burger with iceberg lettuce and mustard-fudge drizzle? Or how about an order of spaghetti and gumballs with gravy and licorice?

Sound delicious? Then you're stoned! If you have a bad case of the munchies, indulge but just don't drive high.

Ridiculous fare from fictitious

Dave's Drive-Thru is part of a new campaign aimed at keeping drug-impaired partiers from getting behind the wheel.

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4 CN NF: Brave New Work WorldMon, 15 May 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Whiffen, Glen Area:Newfoundland Lines:134 Added:05/16/2017

Knowing more about impairment key to setting fair and safe workplace rules: expert

Alex Boucher says the looming legalization of marijuana is opening up a whole new frontier for employers.

He's an expert in wellness areas, including disability management and workplace accommodation, and works with employers, unions and communities.

He acknowledged that medical marijuana use has posed challenges in the workplace, and that legalized pot will add an extra level of challenge for employers wanting to be fair and yet ensure the workplace is safe.

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5Canada: Minister Backs Random Breath Tests For DriversFri, 12 May 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Smith, Joanna Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:05/15/2017

OTTAWA * Demanding a breath sample from a motorist is no different than asking for their licence and registration, Canada's justice minister argued Thursday as the federal government defended its proposed crackdown on impaired driving.

Jody Wilson-Raybould tabled a "charter statement" in the House of Commons comprising the arguments why the government believes the new measures are permissible under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

"The Supreme Court of Canada has recognized as reasonable the authority, under provincial law and common law, of police officers to stop vehicles at random to ensure that drivers are licensed and insured, that the vehicle is mechanically fit, and to check for sobriety," Wilson-Raybould's statement says. "The information revealed from a breath sample is, like the production of a driver's licence, simply information about whether a driver is complying with one of the conditions imposed in the highly regulated contexts of driving."

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6 CN ON: LTE: Legalizing Pot ProblematicFri, 12 May 2017
Source:Sentinel Review (CN ON) Author:Millman, Evelyn Area:Ontario Lines:36 Added:05/15/2017

It has taken years to persuade individuals that smoking causes cancer and years to persuade various levels of government, corporations, schools and other organizations to ban smoking in public places.

Now we are faced with a new but similar peril which seems to parallel tobacco smoking. There are many unknowns that cause us concern, like the effects on health, addictions, distracted and impaired driving and psychiatric implications.

We understand the need for medical marijuana use but do we need to rush into something that requires a lot more thought and research into long-term effects just because of the pressures of marijuana growers and by users who want easier access for their habit.

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7 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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8 CN ON: TTC Suspends Two Workers On First Day Of Drug TestingThu, 11 May 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Spurr, Benn Area:Ontario Lines:130 Added:05/15/2017

CEO says results 'concerning' but justify transit agency's push for substance abuse checks

Well that didn't take long.

Two TTC employees have been suspended for being impaired on the job after they both failed tests on the first day of the transit agency's new random drug and alcohol testing program.

The first employee given a breathalyzer that morning blew over the limit, according to agency spokesperson Brad Ross. The employee was found to have a blood alcohol level of more than .04 per cent, which the TTC considers impaired.

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9 CN AB: LTE: Affects Of Smoking Pot Remain HazyThu, 11 May 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Millman, Evelyn Area:Alberta Lines:35 Added:05/15/2017

It has taken years to persuade individuals that smoking causes cancer and years to persuade various levels of government, corporations, schools and other organizations to ban smoking in public places.

Now we are faced with a new but similar peril which seems to parallel tobacco smoking. There are many unknowns that cause us concern, like the effects on health, addictions, distracted and impaired driving and psychiatric implications.

We understand the need for medical marijuana use but do we need to rush into something that requires a lot more thought and research into long-term effects just because of the pressures of marijuana growers and by users who want easier access for their habit?

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10 CN ON: Positively UnfortunateThu, 11 May 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Yuen, Jenny Area:Ontario Lines:75 Added:05/15/2017

TTC worker had booze in system, another drugs

The very first TTC employee to receive a random test for drugs and alcohol came up positive at the commission Monday morning.

And another worker screened that day was found to be under the influence of drugs.

The first employee - who the TTC says isn't an operator but is among the 10,000 employees in a "safety sensitive position," such as maintenance - has been suspended with pay as the commission awaits the official test results, which can take up to three days.

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11CN BC: Column: Colorado Has Lessons For North AmericaFri, 12 May 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Wallace, Steve Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/15/2017

I recently attended the regional Driving Schools Association of the Americas conference in Denver, Colorado. Here are some of the things we talked about:

Many new teen drivers view sleep as a waste of time. Despite the fact that between nine and 10 hours is recommended for adolescents by the medical community, teens are getting not only much less than that, but poor quality sleep.

A polysomnographic technologist told us that studies show teens who get only four hours of sleep have about the same crash rate as a drunk driver. Sleep deprivation is a serious matter, especially for the young driver. Sleep before midnight is especially valuable and highly recommended for the youthful driver. Sleep specialists promote being in bed by 10 p.m. and up at 7 a.m. for teens.

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12 CN NF: Through The CracksFri, 12 May 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Whiffen, Glen Area:Newfoundland Lines:119 Added:05/15/2017

Torbay man's job is in limbo as workplaces wrestle with marijuana policies

Scott Tizzard has been wrestling with a two-pronged dilemma for the past seven months.

And like the north poles of two magnets trying to meet, they repel each other in his mind.

The first is his fight for his legal right to medical marijuana - the only thing that works to ease the chronic pain from his diagnosed osteoarthritis after trying a long list of medications his doctors have prescribed over the years.

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13 CN ON: Warnings About Drugs And Driving Ramp UpThu, 11 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Ubelacker, Sheryl Area:Ontario Lines:103 Added:05/15/2017

Ahead of pot legalization, programs target teens

TORONTO - Alexis Vegh is working what could be a tough crowd - about a dozen young people in their late teens and early 20s - and she's here to speak to them about the risks of driving high after smoking pot.

"I use quite a bit of slang during the presentation," she bluntly informs them as she begins her hour-plus-long talk.

"Weed, piff, kush," she says, firing off some street names for cannabis to surprised laughter. "Lit is high. Ball up. Spark up."

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14 Canada: Daily Marijuana Use By Teens CommonWed, 10 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Weidner, Johanna Area:Canada Lines:64 Added:05/15/2017

About 43,000 Canadian students use pot every day: report

WATERLOO - Just as many teenagers use marijuana every day as smoke cigarettes, according to a new University of Waterloo report.

Two per cent of Canadian students in grades 7 to 12 - equivalent to more than 43,000 students - use marijuana every day. That's compared to daily smoking at 1.8 per cent.

Among Grade 12 students, daily marijuana use jumps to five per cent.

"The myth is marijuana smoke is not as bad for you," said David Hammond, a professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at Waterloo and co-author of the supplement to Tobacco Use in Canada: Patterns and Trends. "It's just as harmful." Occasional cannabis use remains high among youth with one in five students reporting trying it, and one in 10 reporting use in the last 30 days.

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15 CN NS: THC Testing Could Come To A Roadside Stop Near YouWed, 10 May 2017
Source:Amherst Citizen, The (CN NS) Author:Mathieson, Dave Area:Nova Scotia Lines:63 Added:05/15/2017

Driving on the dope could soon lead to a driving suspension and a fine.

"In Canada the proposed legislation for roadside screening is going to between two and five nanograms of cannabis for suspensions and a $1,000 fine."

That was the message RCMP Const. Travise Dow gave at the MADD Road Rally Saturday at the Amherst Lions Club.

Dow said a 2016 study done by the Canadian Safety Council shows that 24 per cent of drivers who have crashed on Canadian highways have high levels of THC in their system. THC is the active chemical in cannabis giving users the high they seek.

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16CN ON: Leader Of Pot Panel Tries To Assuage Worries Over LegalizedSat, 06 May 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Schmidt, Doug Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:05/08/2017

Chill out, Windsor.

The head of the task force which recommended Canada legalize cannabis said cities like Windsor need to prepare but that they shouldn't fear going to pot.

While "people are right to be concerned" about how Ottawa proceeds with legalization and regulation, Anne McLellan told the Star that members of her task force were satisfied that places like Colorado and Washington - two of a growing number of American states where pot has been legalized - are going in the right direction.

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17 CN ON: LTE: Plan To Legalize Marijuana FlawedMon, 08 May 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:55 Added:05/08/2017

As Canada joins Uruguay as the only two countries to legalize marijuana, our country is about to see wholesale changes, the most obvious being the degradation of our cities.

Anyone who has visited Amsterdam or Seattle can attest to this fact. Colorado and Washington states found with legalization came 'black market sales' by organized crime, thus allowing young people to buy it.

Legalization takes away the negative stigma and both states found more use by young people. Yet, the Trudeau government is falsely claiming legalization of this drug is the best way to keep organized crime out of the black market and its sales to our kids. Funny enough, organized crime has likely been supplying some medical marijuana on the black market in Canada.

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18 CN ON: Pot Laws Will Be UpheldWed, 26 Apr 2017
Source:Northern News (CN ON) Author:Sherrett, Brad Area:Ontario Lines:56 Added:04/30/2017

KLOPP commander says laws will be enforced, whatever they are

KIRKLAND LAKE - With the federal government's new marijuana legislation on the horizon, Kirkland Lake OPP Detachment Commander Rick Witty says his detachment "will gladly enforce the law as we always have."

He adds there are things that will change in terms of enforcement but again they will enforce the law, no matter what is is.

The suite of bills - which would establish 18 as the minimum legal age to buy pot - was introduced in the House of Commons by Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, Health Minister Jane Philpott and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

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19CN AB: Marijuana Enforcement Likely Violates Charter Rights: ExpertsFri, 21 Apr 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:04/26/2017

Ottawa is facing big questions as its move to legalize cannabis use for adults goes hand in hand with stricter laws on drunk and drugged driving and tough sentences for those providing marijuana to minors.

While the Alberta government is supportive of new measures around roadside tests, a University of Calgary law school professor and a prominent city defence lawyer say many of the new federal laws go too far and will almost certainly be challenged as unconstitutional.

In keeping its campaign promise on legalization, the Liberal government last week unveiled a crackdown on impaired driving that will no longer require police to suspect a driver has alcohol in his or her system to administer a roadside test. New legislation will also enable police to take a saliva sample from a driver they suspect of drug use.

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20 CN BC: Oped: Marijuana Bill Leaves Unanswered QuestionsMon, 24 Apr 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Albas, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:103 Added:04/25/2017

Last week, the Liberal government introduced the much anticipated marijuana legalization bill, technically known as Bill C-45, The Cannabis Act.

First let me state that the Liberals clearly campaigned on legalizing marijuana and I have heard from several citizens who indicated this was one of the primary reasons they voted Liberal in the last election. I mention this point as I believe the Liberal government does have a democratic mandate to move forward with this legislation.

From a quick overview, this bill takes a similar approach I used with my wine bill that removes federal barriers, but still allows provinces to enact and adopt their own rules and regulations with respect to marijuana legislation.

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