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1 CN AB: High HopesFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Southwick, Reid Area:Alberta Lines:122 Added:11/21/2017

Alberta won't limit the number of private cannabis stores once retail sales are legalized next July, according to new details released Thursday by the NDP government.

The province confirmed that it will look to private retailers to sell legal weed from brick-and-mortar storefronts, instead of government-run outlets chosen by several other provinces, such as Ontario and Quebec.

Online sales in Alberta, however, will be available through a publicly run system, which is meant to ensure residents can tell the difference between legal and illicit retailers on the internet.

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2 CN SN: LTE: Rogue Nations Need Not ApplySat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:McColl, Pamela Area:Saskatchewan Lines:43 Added:11/21/2017

In 2016, the world drug prevention community met at UNGASS in New York to reconfirm their commitment and ratification of the long-standing drug conventions. I was in the General Assembly when the minister of health for the Government of Canada stood to announce Canada's plan to introduce legislation to legalize marijuana in the spring of 2017.

I can report that the world was less than pleased. Canada's move to legalization will take our country offside of these global agreements and out of step with our international partners.

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3 CN ON: Ontario Late On Warning Teens About MarijuanaSat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Ferguson, Rob Area:Ontario Lines:56 Added:11/21/2017

With legalization looming, doctors say province not ready to handle risks

Ontario is slow to launch a public education campaign warning parents about the dangers of marijuana to children, which include the risk associated with second-hand pot smoke, the Pediatricians Alliance of Ontario warned Friday.

"A lot more children are going to be exposed . . . They are the most at risk of harm. Their brains are still developing," Dr. Hirotaka Yamashiro said. "Ontario is not ready to deal with the risks."

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4 CN AB: PUB LTE: Where's The Buzz?Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Rose, Jan Area:Alberta Lines:39 Added:11/21/2017

On the street, a dealer selling pot at $10 per gram better deliver the goods - high THC content sufficient to get a good buzz - or clientele will go elsewhere. Word gets around fast. Similarly, if the provincial government doesn't deliver the goods, plans to reap millions in taxes from selling pot will go up in smoke.

The government hasn't said a word about the THC content in its pot and journalists have been remiss in not asking this, the most important question. If the THC content is the same as or close to the content found in medical marijuana, there most certainly will not be a buzz. And that's the main reason for smoking a joint. Neighbourhood dealers may have nothing to fear.

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5CN ON: Judge Blasts Cops' Failure To Shut Pot StoresSat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

An Ottawa judge has blasted the police force for failing to shut down the city's illegal marijuana dispensaries.

Justice Norman Boxall said Friday he can't understand why it's so difficult to close shops that operate openly on major streets.

"I just don't understand how the police cannot shut down a dispensary where the person has a big sign up, as I drive down Rideau Street, that says 'marijuana dispensary.' They brag about it on the internet that they are selling it.

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6 CN SN: A Little Pot On The PrairiesSat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:Moose Jaw Times-Herald (CN SN) Author:Santos, Joshua Area:Saskatchewan Lines:97 Added:11/21/2017

Saskatchewan Government looking to privatize marijuana

Saskatchewan's government is not interested in operating pot shops.

Instead, they want to concentrate on regulating the product.

"We do not want to be in any ownership or marketing," said Don Morgan, Saskatchewan's Justice Minister.

"We want to be responsible for ensuring that there's a regulatory scheme in place and we want to make sure it's a confidently, well-run regulatory scheme, but we don't want to own it, market it or warehouse it ourselves."

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7 CN AB: Column: Alberta Pot Rules Largely WorkableSat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Gunter, Lorne Area:Alberta Lines:103 Added:11/21/2017

The Alberta government's proposed rules for selling legal marijuana are a bit fuddy-duddy.

For the most part, they're pretty good.

Private retailers will handle in-person sales; unionized government workers will be in charge of online purchases. (Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery).

What the Notley government is proposing is very likely a workable system.

It will not eliminate illegal weed sales entirely. But it will make buying bud convenient enough that most people will be persuaded to go the law-abiding-citizen route.

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8 Canada: Clearing The Air On CannabisSat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Bowes, Barbara Area:Canada Lines:176 Added:11/21/2017

THE flurry of news articles on the upcoming legalization of cannabis is everywhere, and seems to be creating substantial fear among most employers.

Much of this fear, of course, is about having to deal with the unknown. For instance, will recreational cannabis use increase among employees and how will this impact the workplace? What about medical marijuana? Are employers ready for this new challenge? Will current policies stand the test against cannabis?

Interestingly enough, a recent report by the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario and the consulting firm Deloitte suggests that 22 per cent of Canadian adults already consume recreational cannabis.

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9 CN AB: Editorial: Govern Your Own Pot BehaviourFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:77 Added:11/21/2017

Be smart. Not stupid.

As we travel down the road to pot legalization in Canada, provincial governments across the country are scrambling to update a number of laws, including impaired driving rules.

Here in Alberta, the government has announced its changes to impaired-driving legislation.

The NDs plan to impose a maximum $1,000 fine for a positive blood test of two to five nanograms per millimetre of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), along with a minimum $1,000 fine for a first-time conviction on a reading above five.

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10 CN AB: Column: Uptight Not All RightFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Gunter, Lorne Area:Alberta Lines:102 Added:11/21/2017

Pot rules largely workable but ban on weed sales at liquor stores makes no sense

The Alberta government's proposed rules for selling legal marijuana are a bit fuddy-duddy.

For the most part, they're pretty good. Private retailers will handle in-person sales; unionized government workers will be in charge of online purchases. (Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery).

What the Notley government is proposing is very likely a workable system.

It will not eliminate illegal weed sales entirely. But it will make buying bud convenient enough that most people will be persuaded to go the law-abiding-citizen route.

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11CN AB: Alberta Police Chiefs Concerned Over Lack Of Roadside TestingFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Theobald, Claire Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

Alberta's police chiefs are feeling "overwhelmed" figuring out how to adjust policing practices ahead of marijuana legalization, Edmonton police Chief Rod Knecht said.

"The timelines are extremely tight," Knecht said outside an Edmonton Police Commission meeting at city hall on Thursday.

In an open letter, the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police warned the scheduled July 1, 2018, legalization leaves "insufficient time for the full consideration necessary in the creation of the regulatory framework to ensure the safety of Albertans."

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12CN AB: NDP Won't Limit Number Of Pot Shops In AlbertaFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Southwick, Reid Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

Private operators still await rules for selling legal weed starting July 1

Alberta won't limit the number of private cannabis stores once retail sales are legalized next July, according to new details released Thursday by the NDP government.

The province confirmed that private retailers will sell legal weed from brick-and-mortar storefronts, instead of government-run outlets chosen by several other provinces, including Ontario and Quebec.

Online sales in Alberta, however, will be available through a publicly run system, which is meant to ensure residents can tell the difference between legal and illicit retailers on the internet.

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13CN SN: Researchers Weigh In On Sask.as Policy For RegulatingFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Martin, Ashley Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

With 7 1/2 months until marijuana becomes legal in Canada, a group of Saskatchewan researchers hopes to help inform the complicated policy-making process the provincial government faces in the months to come.

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS), based at universities in Regina and Saskatoon, has released a report, Legalizing & Regulating Cannabis in Saskatchewan.

The provincial government is responsible for setting up all of the details of a legal cannabis industry, and should have most of the work in place by June 30.

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14CN SN: Researchers Hope To Help Policy-Making ProcessFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Martin, Ashley Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

With 7 1/2 months until marijuana becomes legal in Canada, a group of Saskatchewan researchers hopes to help inform the complicated policy-making process the provincial government faces in the months to come.

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS), based at universities in Regina and Saskatoon, has released a report, Legalizing & Regulating Cannabis in Saskatchewan.

The provincial government is responsible for setting up all of the details of a legal cannabis industry, and should have most of the work in place by June 30.

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15CN AB: Expect 'Huge' Demand When Pot Becomes LegalFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Graney, Emma Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

Potential retailers comment as Alberta releases rules for cannabis shops, sales

Private retailers who want to sell legal marijuana in Alberta next July 1 won't be able to do so alongside alcohol, or even a bag of chips.

Under proposed rules introduced by the province Thursday, retailers will be restricted to sales of cannabis and cannabis-related goods such as lighters and rolling papers.

There's no word on how much legal marijuana will cost, but 420 Clinic founder Jeff Mooij says that won't matter to consumers.

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16 CN AB: Retailers Can't Sell Cannabis And ChipsFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Fort McMurray Today (CN AB) Author:Graney, Emma Area:Alberta Lines:84 Added:11/21/2017

Private retailers who want to sell legal marijuana in Alberta come July 1 won't be able to do so alongside alcohol, or even a bag of chips.

Under proposed rules introduced by the provincial government Thursday, retailers will be restricted to sales of cannabis and cannabis-related goods.

Stores also will have to operate under a specific cannabis business licence. That means liquor stores won't be able to set up a wall and a separate storefront with booze on one side and bud on the other.

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17CN AB: Pot Shops Will Only Be Allowed To Sell Cannabis, Related ItemsFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Graney, Emma Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

Private retailers who want to sell legal marijuana in Alberta next July 1 won't be able to do so alongside alcohol, or even a bag of chips.

Under proposed rules introduced by the province Thursday, retailers will be restricted to sales of cannabis and cannabis-related goods such as lighters and rolling papers. There's no word on how much legal marijuana will cost, but 420 Clinic founder Jeff Mooij says that won't matter to consumers.

As a medical marijuana clinic owner and cannabis user, Mooij said Thursday there is an appetite for clean, safe, regulated weed in Alberta - it's not about paying less than black market drugs, but knowing where the product is coming from.

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18CN QU: Quebec Unveils Rigid Pot LawsFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

Meanwhile, Alberta embraces private sector

MONTREAL * Forced into the pot business by the federal government, Quebec on Thursday tabled strict marijuana legislation, striving to give itself full control over the industry, push out the private sector and create a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of all drugs.

"This is an important change to our society," Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois said after tabling Bill 157. "The experts recommended we be prudent to start and then to see if we need to adjust. They asked us to be rigorous and to see how citizens evolve."

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19CN QU: Quebec Pot Bill Seeks Aresponsible ConsumptionaFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Authier, Philip Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

Liberal government to sell pot through SAQ subsidiary stores, price not set yet

Forced into the pot business by the federal government, the province of Quebec tabled a law Thursday that imposes a strict framework for the consumption, sale and distribution of marijuana.

Bill 157 - an act to constitute the Societe quebecoise du cannabis, or SQC - was formally presented in the legislature by the minister for rehabilitation, youth protection, public health and healthy living, Lucie Charlebois.

As expected after almost a year of testing the water with the public, Quebec has opted for a focus on averting potential social, health and safety problems that it fears could follow the liberalization of the use of the drug for recreational purposes.

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20CN QU: Responsible Consumption Is Theme Of Cannabis LawFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Authier, Philip Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

Forced into the pot business by the federal government, the province tabled a law on Thursday that imposes a strict framework for the consumption, sale and distribution of marijuana.

Bill 157 - an act to constitute the Societe quebecoise du cannabis or SQC - was formally presented in the legislature by the minister for rehabilitation, youth protection, public health and healthy living, Lucie Charlebois.

As expected after almost a year of testing the water with the public, Quebec has opted for the path of prudence with a focus on averting potential social, health and safety problems that it fears could follow the liberalization of the use of the drug for recreational purposes.

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21 CN BC: PUB LTE: Try Decriminalizing OpiatesThu, 16 Nov 2017
Source:Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC) Author:John, Area:British Columbia Lines:57 Added:11/21/2017

To the editor,

Re: Providing drugs would curb crime, Letters, Nov. 9.

The question is not when our government will decriminalize personal possession and provide a safe clean drug source, like we do for alcohol and soon to be marijuana, but how many more families will be devastated with the loss of a loved one before a government is brave enough to value lives over votes.

In Portugal, possession is not a criminal offence if you have a 10-day personal supply in your possession. By decriminalizing personal possession, we can then start to rid the negative stigma that is associated with addiction.

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22CN ON: Cities Question Tax Plan For Legal CannabisFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Stacey, Megan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

There may be as much as $1 billion in tax revenue at stake as Canada readies for legalized marijuana next summer. The cut for cities? So far, zero. Municipalities may be left in the cold when it comes to sharing in the cash from legalized pot sales, with the federal government proposing a 10 per cent excise tax - or $1 per gram, whichever is higher - to be split evenly between the provinces and the feds.

Little has been said about how many, if any, tax dollars will flow to cities bearing the burden of costs associated with policing, licensing and enforcement of marijuana sales after July 1.

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23 CN ON: Pot Dispensary Employee Gets $10 FineFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Paul, Gordon Area:Ontario Lines:71 Added:11/21/2017

KITCHENER - A judge who granted an absolute discharge to a Kitchener couple running an illegal marijuana dispensary has handed out a tiny fine to one of them for careless storage of a loaded handgun.

Nour Louka, 30, owned and operated the Waterloo Dispensary, which sold marijuana out of a second-floor business on King Street in uptown Waterloo. Her husband, Shady Louka, 32, was a part-time, temporary employee.

Justice Colin Westman had said in July that he would grant an absolute discharge and he made it official on Thursday.

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24 CN ON: LTE: Trudeau Opening Market For Organized CrimeFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:11/21/2017

( Re: Feds set tax on pot at $ 1 per gram plus GST, Nov. 10 edition)

When Justin Trudeau first floated his marijuana legalization plan, to get votes and new tax revenue, he claimed it was the best way to curb black market sales, thereby keeping it away from children, who can cause serious harm to their developing brains.

Now, by coming up with this substantial tax, Trudeau is throwing out an open invitation to organized crime groups to grow and sell illicit pot. To further compound the problem, Trudeau wants to allow anyone to grown four marijuana plants, a huge gift to organized crime.

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25 CN QU: Quebec To Keep Strict Controls Over MarijuanaFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Woods, Allan Area:Quebec Lines:108 Added:11/21/2017

Provincial legislation calls for government-run stores, zero tolerance for DUIs

MONTREAL- The rollout of legislation governing the legal marijuana regime in Quebec was likely a downer for pot enthusiasts in a province widely known for its European sensibilities and liberal mores.

To call it a buzzkill would set bloodshot eyes rolling, but the Quebec government unveiled plans to create what is likely to be one of the most restrictive regimes so far in the country.

In introducing the legislation to reporters, even Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois admitted that the province was dragged out of the prohibition era much too quickly by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government.

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26CN QU: Marijuana Plan Pleases Some, But Has Many DoubtersFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Riga, Andy Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

Safe-driving activists, pot dispensers and businesses all have their own views

Two cannabis activists aren't impressed with the marijuana legalization plan Quebec announced Thursday. But a group that works to decrease impaired driving praised the proposed legislation.

Here's a look at some of the reaction to Bill 157:

Marc-Boris St-Maurice, a longtime pot activist and founder of the Montreal Compassion Centre medical-marijuana dispensary:

"Their plan is still half-baked," he said, noting guidelines announced Thursday are in a draft bill that might change.

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27CN QU: Where Can I Buy Marijuana And Smoke It?Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Riga, Andy Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

Quebec unveiled its pot plan Thursday. Here are some answers to key questions.

Here are answers to key questions as Quebec moves toward legalization of recreational marijuana by July 2018:

Q Who will be allowed to buy pot?

A Under the cannabis-legalization bill put forward Thursday, anyone over 18 would be able to purchase, possess and use cannabis in Quebec. The province's medical specialists wanted the minimum age set at 21.

Q Where will pot be sold?

A Quebec plans to create the Societe quebecoise du cannabis (SQC), which would sell pot via stores and a website.

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28 CN ON: Column: Why Is Rural Ontario Left Off The List Of LegalizedThu, 16 Nov 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:D'Amato, Luisa Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:11/21/2017

Politics

Everything is political in the months before an election. And that's especially true for where the pot stores are going to be located.

Earlier this month, 14 locations were announced for provincially-run recreational cannabis stores.

One of those will be in Kitchener. Mayor Berry Vrbanovic said he wasn't surprised "in light of our size, the fact that we're the eleventh-largest region in the country."

I'm not surprised either, but I think it's about politics, not size.

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29 CN BC: LTE: City Council Overlooks Drawbacks Of PotThu, 16 Nov 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Wiggins, Barbara Area:British Columbia Lines:47 Added:11/21/2017

There are many absurdities in Victoria city council's pot-regulation proposals:

Second-hand smoke, whether it is from tobacco or pot, affects everyone in the vicinity. When you add pot's psychoactive components into the mix, non-users get all the unhealthy tar and lung contaminant and they also get stoned. Not everyone has a pleasant reaction to cannabis.

While I can decline a drink if it is offered, I can't decline the effect of pot smoke in my air, whether it's from a pot lounge or seeping through the ventilation system of a building.

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30CN QU: Not Perfect, But Cannabis Law Is Ready: CharleboisThu, 16 Nov 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Authier, Philip Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2017

Bill will be tabled - and campaign on dangers launched - Thursday

Conceding it won't be perfect and more time would help, the Couillard government is to table its long-awaited framework law on Thursday outlining how the legalization of cannabis will work in Quebec.

"Would it be better if we had an additional year? I think so," Lucie Charlebois, the minister of rehabilitation, youth protection, public health and healthy living, told reporters Wednesday.

An extension would give her colleague, Finance Minister Carlos Leitao, the time to finalize negotiations with Ottawa over the distribution of future tax revenues.

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31 CN ON: LTE: Pot Will Complicate Police EnforcementThu, 16 Nov 2017
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:44 Added:11/21/2017

When Justin Trudeau first floated his plan to legalize marijuana he said that this was the best way to keep this dangerous drug away from our children by curbing black market sales.

As we have seen with the sale of cigarettes, after tens of millions spent fighting against organized crime's involvement selling illicit smokes, the battle is far from won.

Organized crime is involved in growing and selling pot in Colorado and Washington states and will do the same here. This has been made easier for criminal groups, as anyone is entitled to grow four plants; virtually impossible to police.

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32 CN ON: Edu: Drug Use On Campus PersistsFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Journal, The (CN ON Edu) Author:Goulem, Brigid Area:Ontario Lines:192 Added:11/21/2017

Four students share their stories of drug use on campus

Illicit drug use among university students might be more common than our parents would like to think.

According to the Canadian Tobacco Alcohol and Drugs Survey published by Health Canada in 2015, 11 per cent of 20-24 year-old respondents reported doing cocaine, five said they do speed, meth or other amphetamines, 15 per cent took ecstasy and 16 per cent reported taking hallucinogens.

Despite being illegal, marijuana, opiates, amphetamines and stimulants are a very real part of student culture on campus. Although a large majority of students might never encounter them, these drugs exist within social circles across university campuses.

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33 CN AB: Alberta Proposes Hybrid Sales System For CannabisFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Cryderman, Kelly Area:Alberta Lines:94 Added:11/21/2017

Alberta will let the market reign when it comes to bricks-and-mortar cannabis stores - allowing licensed private outlets to spring up across the province, with the numbers and locations being determined mainly by the owner-operators.

However, the Alberta government will also play a major part in the legal recreational cannabis market as it will control and profit from all legal online sales.

Alberta is even leaving the door open to having provincial workers deliver the cannabis packages ordered through a government website, instead of by Canada Post or another courier.

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34 CN BC: PUB LTE: Dispensaries NecessaryWed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Durand, Norma Area:British Columbia Lines:51 Added:11/20/2017

Dear editor: On Oct. 19, I was saddened and outraged while viewing Global Okanagan's interview with West Kelowna city councillor, Rusty Ensign, regarding the pulling of business licences of the city's medical cannabis dispensaries.

Last week, I attended one of West Kelowna's cannabis dispensaries to purchase some edible products which help to control my pain and allow me to get some quality sleep, and, contrary to Ensign's claims that such stores service 20-30-year-old males, there were none in the shop, only three other ladies, of which only one was under the age of 65.

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35CN BC: Column: Busy Schedule Budding Over Pot LegislationWed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Palmer, Vaughn Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/20/2017

B.C. lobbying to preserve producers' licences as hectic spring looms

While the New Democrats prepare to do their share on marijuana legalization, they are also lobbying Ottawa to preserve the province's position as one of the leading producers of what has been called B.C.'s largest cash crop.

"The reality is this," said solicitor general Mike Farnworth, lead minister on the file for B.C. "We have had in this province an industry that's been in place for a very long time. Some of it underpins the economy, for example, no surprise, in the Kootenays, certain parts of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the coast."

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36CN BC: Doctors Ask Province To Consider Ban On Cannabis Grown At HomeWed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Smart, Amy Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/20/2017

Doctors of B.C. is asking the provincial government to consider banning individuals from growing recreational pot at home when it becomes legal in July.

The group was one of more than 130 stakeholders offering feedback to the B.C. government as part of its consultation on cannabis regulation and distribution.

The variety of submissions reflects the complex decisions government faces.

Doctors of B.C. provided a list of "considerations" since there isn't enough evidence to make a strong recommendation, said president-elect Dr. Eric Cadesky.

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37CN BC: B.C. Doctors Suggest Ban On Growing Pot At HomeWed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Smart, Amy Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/20/2017

Doctors of B.C. is asking the provincial government to consider banning individuals from growing recreational pot at home when it becomes legal in July.

The group was one of more than 130 stakeholders offering feedback to the B.C. government as part of its consultation on cannabis regulation and distribution. The variety of submissions points to the complex decisions government faces.

Doctors of B.C. provided a list of "considerations" since there isn't enough evidence to make a strong recommendation, said president-elect Dr. Eric Cadesky. "There isn't a consensus amongst doctors. The feedback we got contained many different points of view."

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38 Canada: Editorial: Legal, But Not If You're At The WheelWed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada)          Area:Canada Lines:59 Added:11/20/2017

The busywork of readying the country for legalized cannabis continues apace, and Ottawa has gotten around to mapping out the murky territory that is stoned driving.

Proposed legislative changes would create a two-tiered approach to setting the maximum amount of THC, cannabis's main psychoactive element, allowable in drivers' blood. Motorists measured with two to five nanograms of THC per millilitre of blood within two hours of being stopped would be subjected to a fine; those above would be treated criminally, mirroring the way many provinces deal with alcohol and driving.

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39 CN ON: Where Do We Put The Pot Shop?Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Booth, Laura Area:Ontario Lines:86 Added:11/20/2017

City and province meet to talk about locating new marijuana dispensary

KITCHENER - The province had its first meeting with Kitchener municipal staff since announcing earlier this month that the city would be home to one of the first government-run pot shops to open in Ontario by July.

On Tuesday, Waterloo Regional police and city staff met with representatives from the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the Ministry of Finance to discuss how a storefront location in the city will be selected.

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40 CN AB: Alberta Introducing Rules To Align With Federal PotWed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Bennett, Dean Area:Alberta Lines:82 Added:11/20/2017

Marijuana to be legal across Canada July 1

Alberta is putting the legislative pieces in place for legalized marijuana, starting with changes to align its rules with pending Criminal Code amendments.

"Impaired driving is the leading cause of criminal death and injury in Canada," Transportation Minister Brian Mason said Tuesday after introducing Bill 29 in the legislature.

"If this bill passes, it will support our government's goal of zero impairment (and) related collisions and fatalities on Alberta roads."

Marijuana is to be legal across Canada as of July 1, and the federal government is revising and toughening criminal charges for impaired driving to include cannabis and mixing cannabis with alcohol while behind the wheel.

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41CN AB: Column: Legal Pot Means Even More Red Ink For The ProvinceWed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Braid, Don Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/20/2017

Alberta will bear heavy up front costs as Ottawa grabs half the tax on cannabis sales

Under the proposed federal tax on pot, Alberta will run a cannabis deficit for several years, according to provincial officials.

This is not an appealing prospect for a government with no shortage of other deficits.

It explains why Finance Minister Joe Ceci said last week: "I'm not sure what the federal government is smoking but I can tell you ... this is not going to work for Alberta."

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42 CN QU: Quebec Petitions Ottawa For Pot Law ExtensionThu, 16 Nov 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Perreaux, Les Area:Quebec Lines:87 Added:11/20/2017

Quebec is asking Ottawa for more time to set up an orderly transition to legal recreational marijuana - 24 hours before the province is expected to roll out a framework for sale and use of the drug.

The Quebec National Assembly adopted a motion Wednesday seeking an extra year from the Trudeau government beyond July 1, 2018, when marijuana is set to become legal.

The province says the process is being rushed artificially and the groundwork for issues ranging from law enforcement to taxation and revenue sharing are not ironed out.

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43 CN ON: Column: Weed Report: Julian Fantino Sings The Praises OfWed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto 24hours (CN ON) Author:Warmington, Joe Area:Ontario Lines:109 Added:11/20/2017

One was the chief of police for Toronto, London, York Region and the OPP.

The other spent 34 years putting away bad guys as a member of the RCMP, retiring as deputy commissioner of Federal and International Policing.

In the past, if former police chief Julian Fantino or onetime RCMP officer Raf Souccar were talking to you about cannabis, it would be time to quickly head for the door or maybe even call a lawyer.

Not anymore.

Fantino and Souccar now fight for the benefits of marijuana: The legal kind that is. The kind used for medical purposes.

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44 CN ON: Column: What Happened To Health And Safety?Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Albrecht, Harold Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:11/20/2017

Liberals ignoring concerns about decriminalizing pot

On April 13, the Liberal government introduced legislation that would allow for the recreational use of marijuana for Canadians over the age of 18, and eliminate penalties for possession of marijuana (up to five grams) for those between the ages of 12 and 18.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government have repeated time and time again that the aim of this legislation is to protect our children and increase public safety. However, neither of these goals is accomplished with this legislation. This is not just my view. In a recent Angus Reid poll, approximately two in three Canadians (66 per cent) said they believe that this legislation fails to prevent young people from using marijuana more than they already do.

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45 CN ON: Editorial: Drug Dealer Earned Stiff SentenceWed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:11/20/2017

There are two things to be said about the 11-year-prison sentence handed out last week to Kitchener fentanyl dealer Erin Vezina.

First, it is as hard as nails; indeed it's the most severe punishment involving a fentanyl-related crime ever handed out in Waterloo Region. Second, this is what real justice looks like. Bravo, Justice Melanie Sopinka, for your wise decision. In only a few years, the abuse of illicit opioids, especially fentanyl, has exploded into a national crisis that is believed to have claimed 2,458 lives across Canada in 2016 alone.

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46 CN ON: CKPS Putting Drone To Good UseWed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Chatham Daily News, The (CN ON) Author:Shreve, Ellwood Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:11/20/2017

Report looks at return on investment for technology

The use of a drone has provided some cost savings for the Chatham-Kent Police Service, but that wasn't the purpose for obtaining the technology, says Chief Gary Conn.

"The true value is in life-saving and how does one attach a dollar figure to a person's life? You just can't," the chief said.

Conn presented a return on investment report to the Chatham-Kent Police Services board on Tuesday regarding the first six months since police bought the drone for more than $110,000.

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47 CN ON: Column: Pro-Pot Cops All About The MoneyWed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:James, Royson Area:Ontario Lines:164 Added:11/20/2017

If St. Paul, one of the most virulent and effective enemies of early Christians could pull off the greatest about face in history and become the religion's most prolific proponent, then who am I to argue with former Toronto police chief Julian Fantino as a shill for the marijuana industry.

Fantino, the macho, no-nonsense, law-and-order tough guy from Vaughan stood at a podium in his city Tuesday singing the virtues of - pot.

Yes, he used to bust men and women, boys and girls - locked them up for smoking a joint or a spliff - ignoring the haze of vibe-inducing smoke and the good vibes of the "natural mystic flowing in the air," riding the Rasta rhythms of Bob Marley or the raw rhetoric of Peter Tosh's Legalize it. That was then.

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48 CN MB: Editorial: Add Weed To The Birds And Bees 'Talk'Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB)          Area:Manitoba Lines:82 Added:11/20/2017

A GENERATION of Canadians who grew up with the "Just Say No" anti-drug messaging of the 1980s will find themselves in uncharted waters next summer.

As of July 1, 2018, marijuana will be legal, which will radically change a lot of things - including, significantly, how we talk to our kids about it.

Realistically, it's a conversation we should already be having. According to a 2013 UNICEF Office of Research report, Canadian youth are among the top users of marijuana in the developed world.

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49 CN ON: Column: Fantino Is A 'Convert'Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Warmington, Joe Area:Ontario Lines:113 Added:11/20/2017

Former top cop sings praises of medical weed

One was the chief of police for Toronto, London, York Region and the OPP.

The other spent 34 years putting away bad guys as a member of the RCMP, retiring as deputy commissioner of Federal and International Policing.

In the past, if former police chief Julian Fantino or one-time RCMP officer Raf Souccar were talking to you about cannabis, it would be time to quickly head for the door or maybe even call a lawyer.

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50CN AB: Pot Sparks New Rules For DriversWed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Clancy, Clare Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/15/2017

NDP proposes penalties for being high at the wheel in preparation for legal weed

The NDP introduced new legislation Tuesday that aims to fill the gap in impaired-driving rules ahead of cannabis legalization across Canada.

The federal government has proposed specific drug limits as well as penalties for drivers who break the law. Ottawa has also touted the development of a roadside drug test in preparation for the July 1 milestone when cannabis becomes legal.

Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason said Bill 29 - which updates the Traffic Safety Act - will reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road and encourage safe driving if passed.

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