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1 CN ON: Province To Choose Location For Pot StoreFri, 12 Jan 2018
Source:Peterborough Examiner, The (CN ON) Author:Kovach, Joelle Area:Ontario Lines:91 Added:01/17/2018

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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2CN SN: Stores selling pot could face trouble: PoliceFri, 12 Jan 2018
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Frasetr, D. C. Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:01/17/2018

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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3 CN ON: Legal Marijuana Concerns MaddWed, 10 Jan 2018
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Hamilton-McCharles, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:57 Added:01/15/2018

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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4 CN BC: Vernon Restricts Sale Of MarijuanaWed, 10 Jan 2018
Source:Morning Star, The (CN BC) Author:Gerding, Barry Area:British Columbia Lines:78 Added:01/15/2018

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 availability.

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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5 CN BC: Cannabis: Council Passes Moratorium After Public HearingWed, 10 Jan 2018
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:Metcalfe, Bill Area:British Columbia Lines:54 Added:01/15/2018

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 minute.

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 medical cannabis.

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6 CN ON: LTE: Ad Campaign Won't WorkWed, 10 Jan 2018
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Braund, Marie Area:Ontario Lines:26 Added:01/15/2018

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.

Marie Braund

Brantford

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7 CN ON: Local MPs Split On Marijuana LawWed, 10 Jan 2018
Source:Glengarry News, The (CN ON) Author:Carmichael, Scott Area:Ontario Lines:81 Added:01/15/2018

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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8 CN ON: Concern Growing Over Pot Dispensary RobberiesThu, 11 Jan 2018
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:O'Reilly, Nicole Area:Ontario Lines:121 Added:01/11/2018

Workers have been assaulted, but fear of raids stop some from calling police

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 month alone.

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9 CN BC: PUB LTE: Very Little Waste From MarijuanaThu, 11 Jan 2018
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Kelly, Sally Area:British Columbia Lines:37 Added:01/11/2018

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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10 CN BC: Column: Some Thoughts On Pot UseThu, 11 Jan 2018
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Travers, Kathi Area:British Columbia Lines:78 Added:01/11/2018

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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11 CN ON: Passing The Sniff TestThu, 11 Jan 2018
Source:Simcoe Reformer, The (CN ON) Author:Sonnenberg, Monte Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:01/11/2018

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 neighbourhood.

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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12 CN BC: B.C. Liquor Sellers Brace For Impact Of Legal CannabisThu, 11 Jan 2018
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Ebner, David Area:British Columbia Lines:123 Added:01/11/2018

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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13 CN ON: Column: City marijuana store: Proceed With CautionThu, 11 Jan 2018
Source:Peterborough Examiner, The (CN ON) Author:Goyette, David Area:Ontario Lines:82 Added:01/11/2018

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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14 CN ON: Questions Remain Around Marijuana LegalizationThu, 11 Jan 2018
Source:Pique Newsmagazine (CN BC) Author:Dupuis, Braden Area:Ontario Lines:106 Added:01/11/2018

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 Corporation).

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15 Canada: Some Out Of JointWed, 10 Jan 2018
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Artuso, Antonella Area:Canada Lines:100 Added:01/10/2018

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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16 CN AB: Column: The Times They Are A Changin'Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Wallace, James Area:Alberta Lines:102 Added:01/10/2018

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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17CN ON: Column: Here's Why It's Time To Legalize All DrugsWed, 10 Jan 2018
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Dawson, Tyler Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:01/10/2018

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 clients.

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18 CN ON: Column: Politicians Will Bungle Pot LegalizationWed, 10 Jan 2018
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:DiManno, Rosie Area:Ontario Lines:142 Added:01/10/2018

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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19 CN AB: Column: Sharing A Toke With Family Still Taboo For Majority OfWed, 10 Jan 2018
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Wallace, James Area:Alberta Lines:102 Added:01/10/2018

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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20 CN BC: Column: Pot And Liquor Are A Bad FitWed, 10 Jan 2018
Source:Burnaby Now, The (CN BC) Author:Baldrey, Keith Area:British Columbia Lines:98 Added:01/10/2018

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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