The provincial government will decide where to locate a new cannabis
store in Peterborough, states a new city staff report - city council
won't have any say in the matter.
Peterborough is getting a new government-run cannabis store by July 1,
but it's unclear where exactly it will be located.
City council won't be allowed to weigh in on the choice of location,
states a new report that councillors will review at a meeting Monday.
That will be up to the province, although the government has said it
won't locate these new stores anywhere near schools or homeless shelters.
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Chief warns crackdown could be coming as weed is still illegal
Regina police are well aware stores selling marijuana are up and
running around the city.
And while cannabis is set to become legal this summer, Chief Evan Bray
is clear: selling the product is still illegal.
It's a message he says will be actively communicated with the public
in coming weeks, and it is one those working at or running
dispensaries in the city have likely already heard.
Bray wants the illegality of dispensaries to be clearly known.
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Organization recognizes officer of the year
North Bay police Const. Mitch Thomas is surprised how many people
still get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
Thomas arrested six people for impaired in 2017 and was recognized
during Tuesday's monthly police services board meeting as the Mothers
Against Drunk Driving officer of the year.
Thomas, who has been an officer for the past three years, said he
still remembers the first motorist he charged with impaired.
"It was a gentleman from out of town. We got the call just after the
bar rush," Thomas said.
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Vernon City Hall continues to walk a line of uncertainty over how and
where marijuana might be legally purchased in the city.
While Ottawa is on board with legalizing the sale of marijuana, the
province is yet to work out the rules for its retail
As a result, all B.C. communities are left in a zoning bylaw quandary
on how to proceed.
In response on Monday, council gave first reading to bylaw 5000
amendments limiting the sale of cannabis in Vernon retail outlets to
provide some legal clarification until the province mandates how and
where marijuana is to be sold.
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The ban on cannabis businesses extends to July and does not include
current medical dispensaries
Only two people presented their views at a public hearing held by city
hall on Monday to get the public's reaction to a proposed moratorium
on recreational cannabis sales. Both presentations took less than one
Brenton Raby said he supports the moratorium. He said he hopes the
city will change its terminology by replacing the word "marijuana"
with the word "cannabis."
Herb Couch said he is pleased that the moratorium does not include
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Ahead of its July deadline for legalizing recreational marijuana use
in Canada, the federal government has launched a ad campaign warning
of the risks of drug-impaired driving. I wonder if any elected
official has noticed ads warning against drinking and driving have not
eliminated drunk driving. The new ads won't work either. The way to
curb drug-impaired driving is to not make cannabis legal for
recreational purposes. Cannabis should only be marketed for seriously
ill people on a doctor's prescription.
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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Workers have been assaulted, but fear of raids stop some from calling
AFTER NEWS OF THE LATEST armed marijuana dispensary robbery, local
cannabis advocate Britney Guerra appealed through a media release for
any store owners who have been robbed to call police. The responses
she got back shocked her. She knew there were robberies going
unreported, but the problem was bigger than she suspected. Within 48
hours she had calls from four different Hamilton store owners who told
her they had been robbed - perhaps by the same people - in the last
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Dear editor: This is a response to Gord Marshall's wherein he states
"Pot smokers will hurt the water system" (Daily Courier, Jan. 9).
Mr. Marshall, your statement may or may not be true. From what I have
seen, pot smokers generally keep their roaches, as they are called
(not butts), because pot is expensive and the old roach material can
be used later in another joint or pipe. There is very little waste.
Also, people don't hang out on the corner drinking beer because there
are bars to go to, where you can relax and have a drink. Very
civilized. Looks like pot smokers will have no such luxury.
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Marijuana, cannabis, pot, whatever you want to call it, it will become
legal in Canada sometime this year following the U.S. where pot is
legal in several states.
I do not smoke pot or anything else. Two glasses of wine and I am
asleep. I do get high though watching the Patriots and the Red Sox
win. I am also asthmatic and any kind of smoke bothers me. There is a
lot of kerfuffle going on and this is my take on this hot topic.
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Norfolk moves to control odours from marijuana grow ops
SIMCOE - Norfolk County has opted for a low-key approach to the
regulation of marijuana grow operations.
Producers won't have to apply for a zoning amendment or defend their
applications at Norfolk council.
However, they will have to meet planning standards and ensure that
odours from their operations don't impact the surrounding
This is the route Norfolk council chose Tuesday after a discussion of
marijuana and its potentially negative impact on surrounding properties.
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The Kettlewell family has been in the business of selling alcohol for
decades. These days, the family owns 11 liquor stores in British Columbia.
Business has been good, as the Kettlewells have doubled the number of
their Jak's Beer Wine Spirits stores in the past five years. But what
most intrigues the Kettlewells these days is a new product: cannabis.
The emerging rules around the legalization of cannabis vary by
province. In general, governments will be heavily involved - and the
sale of cannabis will be kept apart from alcohol, following Ottawa's
recommendation. In B.C., however, a unique landscape is being
considered, one in which government-owned liquor stores, as well as
private liquor stores, sell cannabis. Alongside these stores,
currently illegal cannabis dispensaries might also be allowed to
operate in the legal market.
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Last month, the government of Ontario passed the Cannabis Act. It
gives the province a monopoly on the sale of recreational marijuana
through an estimated 150 stand alone stores to be run by the new
Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation.
While the new law piggybacks on the federal decision to legalize
recreational marijuana this summer, as well as a new
federal-provincial revenue sharing agreement that will give the
provinces and territories 75 per cent of federal marijuana revues, it
has not been without controversy. In the Ontario Legislature, 27
Progressive Conservatives opposed the law, citing concerns from police
associations that more financial support is required for law
enforcement. While the NDP supported the law, some of its MPPs
expressed concerns about the uncertainty of revenues to be provided to
municipalities, as well as the small number of store fronts (40) to be
opened this summer, which they see as inadequate to put a dent in the
existing black market.
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Whistler council gives first two readings to zoning amendment bylaw -
with more to come
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is starting down the long,
legislative road of legal recreational marijuana.
At its first meeting of 2018 on Jan. 9, council gave the first two
readings to a zoning amendment bylaw concerning cannabis retail,
production and distribution - likely the first of many prior to
federal legalization of the substance in July.
With much still unknown about the full scope of legal cannabis in
Canada and B.C., the zoning bylaw is more a preemptive measure than
anything - it updates definitions to align with the new federal
Cannabis Act, and reinforces the current status quo in Whistler, which
limits cannabis production and distribution to a single site in
Function Junction (operated by the Whistler Medical Marijuana
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Legal marijuana, yes, but not in front of the kids: Poll
Canadians are comfortable with legal pot but would still be reluctant
to consume it in front of their families like they might alcohol, a
new Nanos Research poll shows.
The survey also found that almost seven out of 10 Canadians agree or
somewhat agree that there are medical benefits to marijuana.
Jay Rosenthal, President of Business of Cannabis - which commissioned
the poll and provides news and analysis of the sector in Canada - said
the most surprising finding to him was the high level of public
support or acknowledgement that the product has medicinal benefits.
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At some point this summer, Justin Trudeau expects to make good on his
promise to legalize recreational marijuana use across Canada.
The Senate thus-far has spoiled Trudeau's plans to kick off Canada Day
with a country-wide high, and may yet delay or otherwise thwart speedy
implementation of his Cannabis Act.
The provinces, meanwhile, are working to flesh out the regulatory
details that will govern the sale, purchase, distribution and use of
pot across the country.
However, the reality of marijuana legalization is fast approaching,
raising the question, how do Canadians feel about legal pot now that
it is upon us?
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Picture this: You're an injection drug user, and, you're worried the
next time you use, you might die. So, you head for the Shepherds of
Good Hope, where there's a special trailer. There, you can use your
drugs - and someone will save you if you overdose.
Upon arrival, though, there's a police cruiser outside. Apparently
it's there a lot, at least according to Ottawa Inner City Health,
which runs the injection site, and officers are questioning staff and
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I happened to spend three days over New Year's in Las Vegas. Work! On
the Star's dime!
What a pleasure it was to smoke indoors again, a rarity in our world,
with all the casinos tobacco-friendly. A city built on vice recognizes
that gamblers are smokers and drinkers.
But on New Year's Eve, when venturing out onto the Strip, I
immediately recoiled from the stench of cannabis.
Had forgotten that Nevada is one of eight American states where
recreational marijuana is now legal. Clark County, in which Vegas is
situated, boats some 80 dispensaries selling recreational (as opposed
to medical) pot. Anyone over the age of 21 can buy up to one ounce of
cannabis (or one-eighth-ounce of concentrate) at a time.
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Will the selling of marijuana in liquor stores result in poor health
outcomes, higher health costs and more impaired driving?
The answer, according to two credible and well-respected medical
professionals, is a resounding "yes," and it's an answer they are
trying to get the NDP government to sit up and take notice of.
Dr. Perry Kendall, B.C.'s long-serving chief provincial health
officer, and Dr. Marcus Lem, the chairman of the Health Officers
Council of B.C., are leading the charge against what is a widespread
assumption that liquor stores will indeed be the primary outlet for
the sales of cannabis once it becomes legal on July 1st.
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