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1 CN MB: Talk About DopesThu, 16 Mar 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Larkins, David Area:Manitoba Lines:52 Added:03/16/2017

Too many people getting behind wheel with drugs in their system

As federal legalization of marijuana seems more and more like an inevitability, a new poll commissioned by Manitoba Public Insurance shows 10% of Manitobans drive with drugs in their system.

The roadside survey was conducted in September 2016 in five Manitoba communities, including Winnipeg, and found 10% of drivers who voluntarily participated tested positive for drugs, more than half of those testing positive for cannabis.

Of the 1,230 drivers who participated, 124 tested positive for a drug, with 53% of those positive for cannabis and 31% for cocaine.

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2 CN SN: Detecting DopeFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:Lozinski, Peter Area:Saskatchewan Lines:93 Added:03/10/2017

Officers from across the province, including in P.A. undergo training to help take those who are driving while impaired by drugs off the road

Police across the province learning how to identify drivers impaired by drugs A number of police officers from across Saskatchewan, including members of the Prince Albert Police Service, are receiving training to learn how to recognize drivers impaired by drugs.

Unlike impaired driving due to alcohol, there is no roadside-screening device which can indicate whether someone has been driving under the influence of a drug to the point where they have become impaired.

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3 CN ON: Column: Legal Pot Gives Teens The Best ProtectionSat, 04 Mar 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:D'Amato, Luisa Area:Ontario Lines:72 Added:03/06/2017

Marijuana will soon be legal in Canada. But what does that mean for the safety of our teenagers?

The simple election promise made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, one which he shows every sign of keeping, turns out not to be simple at all. What kind of restrictions should there be around selling weed? Will it be tested so that we can be sure it's safe?

What should be the minimum age to buy it? Who's going to sell it? If the government taxes it, what should happen to the money? And what about impaired driving?

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4 CN ON: Blair Looks To Niagara Farming Advice On PotFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Tribune, The (CN ON) Author:LaFleche, Grant Area:Ontario Lines:64 Added:03/06/2017

The parliamentary secretary to the minister of justice says the federal government will be looking to Niagara's agricultural sector for guidance when framing legislation to legalize marijuana.

Scarborough West MP Bill Blair, the former Toronto police chief, said Thursday the knowledge of Niagara's farming industry will be invaluable for a government trying to determine how to regulate production of pot.

"The interesting thing about coming to Niagara is that the region has a vibrant agricultural sector, including all the wineries," Blair said. "That experience is very useful."

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5CN ON: Blair Looks To Niagara Farming For Advice On PotFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Standard, The (St. Catharines, CN ON) Author:LaFleche, Grant Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/06/2017

The parliamentary secretary to the minister of justice says the federal government will be looking to Niagara's agricultural sector for guidance when framing legislation to legalize marijuana.

Scarborough West MP Bill Blair, the former Toronto police chief, said Thursday the knowledge of Niagara's farming industry will be invaluable for a government trying to determine how to regulate production of pot.

"The interesting thing about coming to Niagara is that the region has a vibrant agricultural sector, including all the wineries," Blair said. "That experience is very useful."

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6 CN ON: Column: TTC Union Doth Protest Too MuchWed, 01 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Mandel, Michele Area:Ontario Lines:107 Added:03/06/2017

It seems the TTC union protests too much.

What exactly are they afraid of? Why are they so opposed to random drug and alcohol testing that they were in court Tuesday seeking an injunction to stop management from starting the testing on April 1?

London has it. So does New York City and Sydney. If they are responsible for millions of passenger trips a years, why shouldn't they be willing to abide by the strictest measurements of sobriety on the job?

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7 CN PI: Editorial: Cannabis Is ComingThu, 02 Mar 2017
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI)          Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:73 Added:03/06/2017

As spring approaches, so does the federal government's promise to introduce legislation to legalize marijuana. The Justin Trudeau government announced back in April of last year that it would be introducing new legislation next spring. So now that spring is almost upon us, will that bill be coming soon?

Even when that bill arrives, it still needs to pass through the House of Commons and the Senate.

That could take months, perhaps extend into early 2018, and even then, the passing of the bill doesn't mean legal marijuana will be available right away.

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8 CN ON: Ttc Investigator Warns Of Booze, Drug Use Among WorkersTue, 28 Feb 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Spurr, Ben Area:Ontario Lines:106 Added:02/28/2017

Union slams allegations in court document as 'absolutely false'

The TTC's workforce has a substance abuse problem that could put passengers and the public at serious risk if it's not addressed, according to a court document filed by the transit agency.

But a representative of the union that represents TTC workers calls the allegations of substance abuse "absolutely false."

In a factum the TTC submitted before a hearing this week on its proposed random drug and alcohol testing policy, the agency said that between October 2010 and December 2016 there were 291 incidents in which employees' behaviour raised safety concerns. In almost half of those, the TTC either suspected or confirmed drug or alcohol use.

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9 Canada: Patients Report Choosing Pot Over Opioids For Pain: StudyTue, 28 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:Canada Lines:97 Added:02/28/2017

More than half the medical-marijuana patients in a new study said they use cannabis to help them get off heavier prescription drugs, with the largest percentage saying pot acts as a substitute painkiller for opioids.

The new research, published in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Drug Policy but funded by a licensed cannabis grower Tilray, adds to a small body of science that suggests patients are effectively using marijuana to replace opioids, a class of legal and illicit painkillers that has led to an ongoing crisis that killed hundreds of Canadians last year.

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10 Canada: Court Ruling Streamlines Drugged-Driving TrialsFri, 24 Feb 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Bronskill, Jim Area:Canada Lines:77 Added:02/25/2017

OTTAWA - Expert testimony can be admitted in drugged-driving trials without preliminary examination of evidence, the Supreme Court said Thursday in a decision that could expedite the judicial process in the legalized-marijuana era.

The 5-2 court decision on the case of an Ottawa motorist comes as the federal Liberal government prepares to introduce long-promised legislation to legalize the recreational use of pot.

"Driving while impaired by drugs is a dangerous and, sadly, common activity, prohibited by the Criminal Code," Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin wrote in her reasons for the majority decision.

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11 CN BC: Column: Confusion Reigning Supreme Over Federal CannabisFri, 24 Feb 2017
Source:Goldstream Gazette (Victoria, CN BC) Author:MacGregor, Alistair Area:British Columbia Lines:81 Added:02/25/2017

The saga of the Green Tree marijuana dispensary, the West Shore RCMP and the City of Langford is a microcosm of the Wild West cannabis policy (or lack thereof) which has caused confusion all over Vancouver Island.

Consider what has happened in this tale so far: Green Tree opened its doors in January in Langford, only to get shut down the next day by the RCMP. Only a few weeks later it is back open for business, much to the consternation of the City of Langford, which refuses to issue a business licence. A few days later, the West Shore RCMP move in to shut it down again, this time arresting two people and seizing marijuana on the premises.

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12 Canada: Court Ratifies Police As ExpertsFri, 24 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:Canada Lines:93 Added:02/25/2017

The Supreme Court has ruled that specifically trained officers can be experts in drugged-driving trials

Police officers trained to recognize if drivers are high can be treated as experts in drugged driving trials without a preliminary examination of the evidence, the Supreme Court has ruled in a decision that could help expedite such prosecutions once marijuana is eventually legalized.

The 5-2 decision in the case of an Ottawa motorist comes as the federal Liberal government prepares to bring in a law legalizing the recreational use of pot this spring, with a rise in cannabis-impaired driving singled out as a key risk to public safety.

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13 CN AB: Athabasca RCMP Are Reminding Motorists That Marijuana Is StillFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Griwkowsky, Catherine Area:Alberta Lines:46 Added:02/21/2017

After a spike in roadside drug seizures, Athabasca RCMP are reminding people marijuana is still illegal.

The past month has seen a spike in drug seizures through traffic stops, with approximately 10 grams of cocaine and methamphetamine and 300 grams of marijuana and marijuana products - such as hash and hash oil - in 15 separate incidents, said Cpl. Curtis Harsulla, spokesman for the Athabasca RCMP.

"Some folks think it may be legal soon, but it's not quite there," Harsulla said.

Typically, the traffic enforcement unit may seize 15 to 30 grams of various drugs every five days, he said.

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14CN SN: Column: Pot Rules Need To Be Done Right For Public SafetyMon, 13 Feb 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Cooper, Jordon Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:02/16/2017

Regulatory patchwork across Canada isn't helping anyone

I have never smoked marijuana. Until last week, I had no idea where one could purchase it. Then someone told me they were going to get their "green card" from a doctor. This would allow them to purchase marijuana for medicinal purposes. No pressing medical reason, they just wanted to buy weed.

As I asked around, I was told by many people who have them that the process is a joke. You go to a known doctor, give them an excuse for why you want it and they give it to you. Multiple people told me there was no examination or any probing into why they wanted it. They just got it. There are even websites that, for a fee, will tell you which doctors to see.

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15CN AB: Denver Shares Its Pot LessonsTue, 07 Feb 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Klingbeil, Annalise Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/10/2017

Nenshi wants city prepared for legalization

Denver's Dan Rowland advised Calgary's city council to go slow, expect the unexpected, and introduce strict regulations and robust enforcement as Calgary prepares for the looming federal legalization of marijuana.

Denver, Colorado became the first city in the world to legalize recreational marijuana sales on January 1, 2014, and Rowland was in Calgary Monday to share what his city has learned at a lengthy council education session on the drug.

"Part of what I do is to help folks understand that this is not necessarily a game-changing experience," said Rowland, a citywide communications adviser with the city of Denver.

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16Canada: Testing Drivers For Pot Faces Huge RoadblocksSat, 04 Feb 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Laucius, Joanne Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:02/09/2017

Police and drug experts say it's more complicated and expensive than nabbing those who are drunk, writes Joanne Laucius.

What, exactly, does it mean to be one toke over the line?

That's one of many questions that will have to be answered as Canada moves toward legalizing marijuana and police wonder if they're equipped to crack down on stoned drivers.

"We're having our challenges. The most pressing one is that we don't know what the legislation will look like. It makes it hard to train and prepare," said Supt. Gord Jones of the Toronto Police, the co-chair of the Canadian Chiefs of Police traffic committee.

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17 CN ON: Letter: Pot Dispensaries Will Be Out Of LuckThu, 26 Jan 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Rooney, George Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:01/28/2017

RE: Seeing through the fog on marijuana (Jan. 24)

Excellent article by Howard Elliott on marijuana legalization. It also reinforces my belief that marijuana dispensaries in Ontario will all be outlawed if pot is legalized.

The legalization of marijuana will not be welcome for the powerful lobbyists of pharmaceutical industries because they will lose profits. The breweries and distilleries will also lose profits because they are in charge of the "feel good" industry and don't want people buying pot instead of liquor or beer.

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18 CN ON: Column: Another Study Finds Little Medicinal Use For PotWed, 25 Jan 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Clark, Gordon Area:Ontario Lines:91 Added:01/25/2017

Another week, another massive study by top doctors and scientists finding limited medicinal value to marijuana. When liberal politicians such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson claim to be implementing "evidence-based" public policy, I find it odd they have such a blind spot with pot.

A new report by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine - The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research - reviewed 10,700 studies on the medicinal qualities of marijuana and concluded there is "conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective" for only three conditions: chronic pain in adults, chemotherapy-induced nausea, and patient-reported multiple sclerosis spasticity.

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19 CN NS: Saliva Needed For Roadside Drug TestsFri, 20 Jan 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Ryan, Haley Area:Nova Scotia Lines:59 Added:01/23/2017

Police forces in Canada testing out devices over February

Next time you come across a police checkpoint in Halifax, you might be asked to help test a roadside drug-screening device.

Halifax Regional Police (HRP) began a new Public Safety Canada pilot project a week and half ago, and have until the end of February to collect 100 saliva samples from anyone who'd like to anonymously volunteer for the testing in a regular traffic stop.

"This is for us. It's not about any of the public, it's about how user-friendly are these devices for the police at roadside," Const. Kristine Fraser of the HRP traffic unit said Thursday. "If you say 'um, no,' (it's) 'okay, thank you for your time,' and you drive away.'"

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20 CN BC: City To Ban Marijuana OutletsWed, 18 Jan 2017
Source:Richmond News (CN BC) Author:Wood, Graeme Area:British Columbia Lines:50 Added:01/23/2017

Richmond is taking a proactive approach to prevent the potential proliferation of marijuana dispensaries in the city, as was witnessed in Vancouver over recent years.

Chief licence inspector Carli Edwards, a former City of Vancouver bureaucrat, identified a gap in the City of Richmond's zoning bylaws, which do not specifically prohibit the retail sale of cannabis.

On Monday, councillors tentatively approved a bylaw amendment to ban dispensaries. Edwards' report notes the city can revisit the ban if the federal government legalizes the use of marijuana.

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