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1 CN ON: Editorial: Ontario Should Open Up On Pot PlanningMon, 19 Jun 2017
Source:Beacon Herald, The (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:63 Added:06/21/2017

With pot legalization about a year away, we can conclude that the Ontario government is working on a plan. Or at least a plan for a plan.

And yes, the "Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat" exists and, apparently, is busily holding meetings. With whom, it won't say. But not the public. Not yet, anyhow.

This doesn't inspire much confidence. Other provinces are puffing along nicely: New Brunswick is holding public hearings this summer; Quebec's convening a meeting of experts this month, with draft legislation in hand by the fall. Alberta's got an entire website chock-full of information. In other words, many jurisdictions are talking openly to their citizens about pot.

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2 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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3 CN BC: Editorial: Uncertainty Lies Ahead On Marijuana IssueFri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Peace Arch News (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:53 Added:06/19/2017

Regardless of whether one agrees with the decision to legalize marijuana, that train has left the station and is scheduled to roll down the track on July 1, 2018.

The focus now must shift to how those changes will affect the rights of citizens, law enforcement and the courts.

Once the smoke clears, there must be clarity and consistency in how police and the courts deal with offenders under the federal government's proposed new impaired-driving legislation.

A ruling by Justice Nigel Kent on May 18 quashed a charge of impaired driving against a Vancouver man who, according to the police report, had "glassy red eyes," a "strong odour of marijuana" on him and pot grinders in plain sight in his vehicle.

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4CN ON: Editorial: Pot Plan Needs ClaritySat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

With pot legalization about a year away, we can conclude that the Ontario government is working on a plan. Or at least a plan for a plan. And yes, the "Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat" exists and, apparently, is busily holding meetings. With whom, it won't say. But not the public. Not yet, anyhow.

This doesn't inspire much confidence. Other provinces are puffing along nicely: New Brunswick is holding public hearings this summer; Quebec's convening a meeting of experts this month, with draft legislation in hand by the fall. Alberta's got an entire website chock-full of information. In other words, many jurisdictions are talking openly to their citizens about pot.

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5 CN ON: Smoking Out StrategiesFri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:123 Added:06/19/2017

Some provinces already moving ahead with legal pot plans

Several provinces are plowing full steam ahead with plans to ask the public how they should manage the introduction of legal recreational pot in Canada. But Ontario, it seems, isn't one of them.

Or, if there are plans, the province's "Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat" is not ready to share them. Secretariat officials have been holding private meetings and promise to "engage with the public" later.

The lack of information is surprising, says Jeffrey Lizotte, chief executive of NextWave Brands, a cannabis lobbying and consulting firm.

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6CN ON: Province's Pot Strategy Wrapped In PlatitudesFri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

Legislation is only a year away, but public not yet being consulted

Several provinces are plowing full-steam ahead with plans to ask the public how they should manage the introduction of legal recreational pot in Canada. But Ontario, it seems, isn't one of them.

Or, if there are plans, the province's "Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat" is not ready to share them yet. Secretariat officials have been holding private meetings and promise to "engage with the public" later.

The lack of information is surprising, says Jeffrey Lizotte, the CEO of NextWave Brands, a cannabis lobbying and consulting firm.

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7 Canada: Demystifying A Instead Of Decrying A Drugs For TeensSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:Canada Lines:169 Added:06/19/2017

Educating teenagers about the safety of recreational drug use is an age-old conundrum for Canada, one at the forefront as the country pushes ahead with legalizing marijuana by next year

The ad shows four pretty young women laughing as their convertible rips past the picturesque Rockies on a warm sunny day, the driver - eyes narrowed slightly - joyfully passing a doobie to her friend.

In the next one, a hip young guy with high-top dreadlocks pinches a smouldering joint (backwards) in one hand and adjusts the car stereo with his other as his date leaves her house and approaches in a red party dress.

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8 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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9Canada: Mandatory Roadside Breath Tests Constitutional, JusticeWed, 14 Jun 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Platt, Brian Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

A proposed law that would allow police to take a roadside breath sample without evidence that a driver has been drinking was under scrutiny again in Parliament on Tuesday, as Canada's justice minister defended it against arguments it violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

"Questions around its constitutionality have been raised," Jody Wilson-Raybould, flanked by senior justice department officials, acknowledged to a House of Commons committee studying the bill.

But she said she's confident mandatory alcohol screening would survive a court challenge, calling it "minimally intrusive, but the benefits in lives saved will be immeasurable."

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10 CN ON: Non-Med Pot Restrictions SoughtTue, 13 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Artuso, Antonella Area:Ontario Lines:68 Added:06/16/2017

Recreational marijuana should be treated like tobacco in public places and alcohol in motor vehicles, the City of Toronto health board recommends.

In a wide-ranging report that will go to Toronto Council, board members asked that non-medical cannabis be sold by a provincial-controlled agency - but not with alcohol - and that the minimum age for purchase be set at 19.

Pot use should be banned where regular tobacco smoking is not permitted, and - like drinking alcohol - prohibited in vehicles, the board decided.

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11 CN ON: MADD Tackling Drug-Impaired DrivingMon, 05 Jun 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Meldrum, Emma Area:Ontario Lines:72 Added:06/09/2017

Drunk driving rates across the country aren't going down.

The statistics may be consistent, but MADD volunteer Amy St. Amour is hopeful that events like Strides for Change can keep the issue in people's minds.

"I don't understand how somebody can have too many drinks and still choose to drive," said St. Amour. "At the end of the day, it's a choice that you make. I don't know how we're going to change that mindset, but I do know that walks like this and all the events and fundraising that we do, hopefully keeps it top of mind for everybody in Timmins.

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12 Canada: Mayors Want Pot CashSat, 03 Jun 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB)          Area:Canada Lines:93 Added:06/06/2017

Cities say money needed to help with costs of enforcement

The mayors of Canada's biggest cities say they need a slice of the tax windfall from legal marijuana to cover what they describe as significant costs associated with enforcing a signature initiative from the federal Liberals.

They raised their concerns with cabinet ministers this week, pressing the case that some tax revenues from sale of the drug must filter down to cover costs associated with land-use issues, business licensing applications and enforcement once the purchase, sale and recreational use of the drug is no longer illegal.

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13 Canada: Mayors Seek Share Of Weed RevenueSat, 03 Jun 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC)          Area:Canada Lines:86 Added:06/06/2017

OTTAWA - The mayors of Canada's biggest cities say they need a slice of the tax windfall from legal marijuana to cover what they describe as significant costs associated with enforcing a signature initiative from the federal Liberals.

They raised their concerns with cabinet ministers this week, pressing the case that some tax revenues from sale of the drug must filter down to cover costs associated with land-use issues, business licensing applications and enforcement once the purchase, sale and recreational use of the drug is no longer illegal.

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14 CN BC: Editorial: Legal Pot Poses Legal QuestionsWed, 31 May 2017
Source:Goldstream Gazette (Victoria, CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:57 Added:05/31/2017

A consistent model for enforcement will be needed once marijuana is legalized

Whether you agree with the decision to legalize marijuana or not, that train has left the station and is scheduled to roll down the track on July 1, 2018. The question we need to focus on now is how it will affect the rights of citizens, law enforcement and the courts.

Once the smoke settles, there must be clarity and consistency in how the police and the judiciary deal with offenders under the federal government's new impaired driving legislation aimed at reducing carnage on our roads.

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15 CN ON: Health Unit Urges Non-Profit Model For Weed SalesThu, 25 May 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Norris, Mike Area:Ontario Lines:81 Added:05/29/2017

If the sale of marijuana becomes legal in Canada next year, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health wants it to be strictly a not-for-profit venture.

At its monthly board of governors meeting Wednesday, the health unit passed a motion urging the federal and Ontario governments to support and implement a not-for-profit production/distribution system with a mandate that focuses on protecting the public's health, if the distribution and sale of cannabis is allowed. Legislation is expected to take effect by July 1, 2018.

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16 CN NS: Editorial: Time To Get ReadyWed, 24 May 2017
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:71 Added:05/29/2017

If all goes according to plan, Canada's new marijuana law will take effect in July 2018.

It's what happens between now and then that is critical, especially when it comes to safeguarding young Canadians who are the most vulnerable to the potential harms of marijuana use.

Studies have shown adolescents are particularly at risk due to the fact their brains are continuing to develop and at a rapid pace. It's wise to take into consideration that research has shown that chronic marijuana usage is linked to memory and attention difficulties, prominently among individuals who started use while in early adolescence.

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17 Canada: OPED: Alarming Stats About Drug Use And Driving Among TeensWed, 24 May 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Minaker, Leia Area:Canada Lines:102 Added:05/29/2017

Motor-vehicle collisions kill more Canadians aged 16 to 25 than any other cause. More than half of these deaths are related to the use of drugs or alcohol.

For many young people, this statistic may seem far removed from their day-today lives. For many parents, it may seem to represent something that happens to other people's children.

But the research tells a different story, and our recent study out of the University of Waterloo has found that almost half of Grade 11 and 12 students across Canada - representing 351,900 teens - reported engaging in at least one alcohol-or marijuana-related driving or passenger behaviours that may put them at risk.

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18 CN NS: Editorial: Time To Get ReadyWed, 24 May 2017
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:69 Added:05/29/2017

If all goes according to plan, Canada's new marijuana law will take effect in July 2018. It's what happens between now and then that is critical, especially when it comes to safeguarding young Canadians who are the most vulnerable to the potential harms of marijuana use.

Studies have shown adolescents are particularly at risk due to the fact their brains are continuing to develop and at a rapid pace. It's wise to take into consideration that research has shown that chronic marijuana usage is linked to memory and attention difficulties, prominently among individuals who started use while in early adolescence.

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19Canada: Legalizing Weed Will Harm Youth, Warns CMA EditorialMon, 29 May 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Cross, Brian Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:05/29/2017

Author cites 'toxic' effect on developing brain

The interim editor-in-chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal is pleading for the defeat of a federal government plan to legalize marijuana, fearful youth will have easier access to a drug that damages their developing brains.

"Simply put, cannabis should not be used by young people," Dr. Diane Kelsall writes in an editorial published Monday in the journal. "It is toxic to their cortical neuronal networks, with both functional and structural changes seen in the brains of youth who use cannabis regularly."

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20 CN ON: LTE: Pot Law Changes Will Hurt CanadaTue, 23 May 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:60 Added:05/28/2017

(Re: Pot laws creating concerns, April 19 edition)

This excellent report by Jason Miller points out the growing concerns from municipal administrators as they try to come to grips with marijuana legalization on July 1, 2018. Councillor Mike Graham is correct that this is purely a political move by the Trudeau Liberals to fulfil an election promise and to rake in the billions expected from sales.

Parents should also be concerned with studies from the U.K., USA and our own Canadian Medical Association all showing young people using this drug run greatly enhanced risk of suffering psychosis and other mental issues later in life. Yet, in his infinite wisdom, Trudeau is ignoring the CMA's recommendation that nobody under 21 be allowed to make a purchase setting the age at 18. There are more than 85 cannabinoids contained in marijuana with very little known about their long-term effects on the human body.

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