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1 CN AB: LTE: Hazy LawMon, 17 Apr 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Temoor, Sohail Area:Alberta Lines:30 Added:04/19/2017

While I do understand the reasoning behind legalizing marijuana, I believe that the public health risks outweigh the legislative benefits. It can cause impairment of both perception and motor skills.

These factors need to be functional to ensure safe driving. A likely outcome of legalizing marijuana is that it may lead to greater incidents of accidents - and possible deaths - due to intoxication. We are already working towards mitigating deaths due to alcohol, adding marijuana to the mix poses an additional liability to public safety.

Sohail Temoor

(People shouldn't drive drunk or stoned.)


2 CN ON: LTE: Marijuana Legalization A Dangerous MoveMon, 17 Apr 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:50 Added:04/19/2017

Anyone who has visited Amsterdam or Seattle has a good idea of what marijuana legalization will do the degradation of inner city, with stoned young people all over the place.

Sadly, Trudeau's theory that legalization of marijuana is the best way to keep it away from young people, by keeping organized crime out of black-market sales, is right out of fantasyland.

Everywhere it has been legalized organized criminal groups have quickly gotten involved to take part in huge profits and little risk of serious jail time. In Ontario, OC already have networks in place to distribute cigarettes and other commodities, meaning selling pot will be an easy transition. Recent arrests of Hell Angels involved in blackmarket sales of medical marihuana show how out of touch Trudeau's views are with reality.

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3 CN ON: LTE: Legalizing Marijuana Will Harm Our YouthMon, 17 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Summers, Catharina Area:Ontario Lines:45 Added:04/19/2017

Re: Fat chance pot bill will do any good, DiManno, April 13

Thank you, Rosie DiManno. You raise a serious concern about the impact the legalization of marijuana will have on our youth.

It is basically legitimizing a drug that is harmful for adolescents at the same time as telling them that their parents can grow four plants in your home, can smoke up, etc.

But you can't have any, unless you find another source.

Today's youth have been finding another source for many years and, considering that our youth are among the highest users in the world, they have been very successful at it.

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4 CN ON: LTE: Will Pot Law Address Impaired Driving?Sun, 16 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Fedor-Baan, Ida Area:Ontario Lines:31 Added:04/19/2017

Re Liberals introduce long-awaited bill to legalize marijuana, April 13

As a pedestrian and school crossing guard, I find the legalization of marijuana a frightening proposition. Marijuana, like alcohol, is an intoxicant known to impair users' judgment.

Spot checks are regularly done to ensure drivers' and pedestrian safety when alcohol impairment is suspected. Will the government ensure the same controls are in place when the marijuana legislation is passed?

How many drivers will be charged with endangering the public because of a foggy disposition caused by smoking pot? How many pedestrians/drivers will be their victims? Time will tell.

Ida Fedor-Baan, Toronto


5 CN ON: LTE: Will Pot Law Address Impaired Driving?Sun, 16 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Lockman, Rick Area:Ontario Lines:29 Added:04/19/2017

I have not in my lifetime seen a more irresponsible political decision than the legalization of marijuana. More addictions on the way. More overdoses. More impaired driving. More deaths. More young people who never get the chance to get their lives on track to success, due to introduction to drugs before they understand the damage they can do.

Young people need to be encouraged to deal with life with clear heads, not drink or self-medicate when problems confront them. And any talk that legalization will lead to more responsible drug use, or that fewer young people will use drugs, is nonsense.

Sadly, our political leaders are the biggest addicts in our country - addicted to finding new sources of tax revenue, no matter the cost.

Rick Lockman, Orillia


6CN PI: Editorial: Introducing Mary Jane To CanadaTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI)          Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2017

The Atlantic provinces have some blue-sky thinking to do, and not much time to do it. Or more to the point: maybe they have some blue-smoke thinking to be doing.

Last week, the federal government announced its plans to legalize marijuana and, in so doing, threw the ball into the provincial court. The provinces will have the final say on how weed will be marketed in their regions, and also on things like the minimum age of purchasers. And that's only the beginning. In fact, the provinces have more than a little heavy lifting of their own to do in the 15 months before the federal government's changed rules become law.

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7 CN MB: Column: Trudeau's Pot Law Makes It Open Season On All DriversTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Manitoba Lines:100 Added:04/19/2017

Irony, hypocrisy and cops. Nothing good can come from this trio when all three are put in play.

On Monday morning, for example, with no reference to his late father being the moving force behind it, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement celebrating the 35th anniversary of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

"I remind Canadians that we have no task greater than to stand on guard for another's liberties," said Trudeau.

"The words enshrined in the Charter are our rights, freedoms, and - above all - our collective responsibility."

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8CN QU: Barrette Wants Slice Of Pot PieTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU)          Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2017

Tweets take aim at Ottawa

Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barrette took to social media on Sunday to complain that Ottawa's marijuana legalization drops plenty of responsibilities on the provinces but little in the way of money.

Barrette, who has been decidedly cool to the Trudeau government's plan to legalize recreational marijuana use, wrote on his Twitter account that "Fed Libs political anthem: High visibility, low cost (to them). Always. Latest example? Pot legalization."

The minister then went on to muse over whether the provinces should get a share of any federal tax revenue generated by legal marijuana sales, writing "Pot: all consequences and responsibilities being imposed on PTs shoulders shouldn't fed taxes also be transferred to PTs!"

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9CN QU: OPED: Legalization Of Marijuana Is Courting DisasterTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Anson, Benjamin Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2017

As an employer and father, Benjamin Anson is alarmed

As an employer and father to three young children, I am alarmed by the federal government's plan to legalize marijuana.

There is already a deadly opioid crisis underway, but the government remains fixated on making marijuana freely available. The legalization of marijuana is a far more drastic, normalizing step than decriminalization would ever be.

Legalization will encourage marijuana use, thereby putting all Canadians at risk.

Marijuana is already being openly marketed in anticipation of legalization. If this statement sounds far-fetched, then look out for the billboards that already loom over Montreal streets advertising a website that indicates where marijuana can be bought.

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10CN QU: Legalization Advocates Are Not Impressed By BillTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Curtis, Christopher Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2017

Longtime advocate says legalization process puts 'fox in charge of hen house'

Jodie Emery fought the law and the law won.

At least, that's the short version of how things went down when Emery and her husband Marc tried to open five illegal marijuana dispensaries in Montreal last December.

Hours after the dispensaries' carnival-like grand opening, the Emerys were in handcuffs and police shut down all of their storefronts. Though Emery had escaped the initial crackdown, undercover officers caught up to her at a downtown hotel.

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11 CN ON: London 420 Rally To Fete Budding LegalizationTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Carruthers, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:94 Added:04/19/2017

The vibe at this year's 420 rally in London will be more celebration than demonstration.

Hundreds of marijuana activists plan to gather Thursday at Victoria Park for the yearly event that champions cannabis culture and pushes for the drug's legalization.

Held on April 20 in cities across North America, the event comes on the heels of the federal government introducing its long-awaited legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana for recreational use.

With pot set to be legal next year, combined with last year's hands-off police approach at Victoria Park, London organizers say they're expecting the largest turnout in recent years.

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12 Canada: Column: What Was Justin Smoking?Tue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Wente, Margaret Area:Canada Lines:94 Added:04/19/2017

Legalizing pot is trickier than it looks, and the Prime Minister might soon be wondering if the hassle is worth the price

Justin Trudeau's vow to legalize marijuana - made without much thinking, one suspects - was one of his signature campaign promises. It was intended to brand his party as progressive, youthful and enlightened. And the time seemed right. Most Canadians agree that it's time to make it legal.

But when the government unveiled its long-awaited legislation - on the eve of a long weekend - our hip Prime Minister was nowhere in sight. He left the job to a bunch of hatchet-faced ministers, who grimly assured us that this was going to be all about law and order and harm reduction, not fun. Clearly, the government hoped that everyone would get distracted by the holiday and move on.

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