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1 CN ON: OPED: The Kids Will Smoke Pot AnywayWed, 17 Jan 2018
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:DeGroat, Maxwell Area:Ontario Lines:102 Added:01/17/2018

Health Canada's consultation with Canadians on the regulation of marijuana is down to its final days. But what exactly does the government wants us to comment on?

Do officials want us to question the stated objectives? Or perhaps they want us to ask why they're being dishonest about their consultation process?

We're in the middle of an opioid crisis that has already killed thousands of Canadians and will likely kill thousands more. That clouds this conversation.

Yet our experience with other drugs and even ordinary consumer products tells us that government regulations to protect public health by ensuring product safety and quality control are extremely important.

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2 CN MB: LTE: Weigh Health Risks Of CannabisFri, 01 Dec 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:McColl, Pamela Area:Manitoba Lines:41 Added:12/05/2017

Re: Marijuana in workplace focus of chamber panel (Nov. 29)

There is a high incidence of marijuana use among fatally injured B.C. forestry workers

(20 to 30 per cent), and Manitoba employers would be well advised to educate their workers on the harms posed by marijuana use.

Canadians need look no further than to the country's health watchdog, Health Canada, for credible information and evidence-based advice on this matter. Health Canada's consumer information web page states unequivocally that using marijuana can impair concentration and reaction time. It is well established by scientific research that the less-than-regular user of marijuana products should not operate a motor vehicle for at least eight hours after consuming 18 mg or more of marijuana.

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3 CN ON: Sign Stirs The PotThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Braun, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:11/28/2017

Group wants billboard near kids' music school taken down

Should a billboard claiming that marijuana legalization isn't harmful be hanging over a kids' music school in North York?

That's the question being posed by Prevent, Don't Promote, an organization opposed to the legalization of marijuana in Canada.

Prevent, Don't Promote is particularly sensitive to anything that looks like advertising or marketing to children.

The billboard in question hangs over Little Jammerz, a music school that caters to children from Kindergarten to Grade 6, according to their website.

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4 CN ON: More Pot WarsThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto 24hours (CN ON) Author:Braun, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:11/28/2017

Organization wants billboard near music school taken down

Should a billboard claiming that marijuana legalization isn't harmful be hanging over a kids' music school in North York?

That's the question being posed by Prevent, Don't Promote, an organization opposed to the legalization of marijuana in Canada.

Prevent, Don't Promote is particularly sensitive to anything that looks like advertising or marketing to children.

The billboard in question hangs over Little Jammerz, a music school that caters to children from Kindergarten to grade six, according to their website.

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5 CN BC: PUB LTE: Thoughts On PotTue, 28 Nov 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Harris, Scott Area:British Columbia Lines:52 Added:11/28/2017

Re: "Smoking pot hard on health."

The reason that "disparate points of view on the whole issue" exist is simply because those in the prohibitionist camp seem to be highly selective about what they choose to acknowledge as fact. Tobacco use provides the No. 1 source of preventable deaths in Canada and no one in the span of recorded history has ever died just from smoking cannabis.

At the same time, studies that indicate that the use of cannabis slows or even stops the growth of tumors are completely ignored.

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6 CN AB: PUB LTE: Getting GreenTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Dahl, Corey Area:Alberta Lines:37 Added:09/28/2017

I keep hearing arguments against the government's plan to legalize marijuana. It seems that those opposed believe there will be a massive increase in consumption and a huge increase in people driving while under the influence of the demon weed.

As Mr. Snobelen points out it is quite simple to obtain and use the drug. I hope he is being facetious about driving ten miles an hour with doritos bags flying out the window.

It is time we threw away all the misleading propaganda about marijuana. There are doctors, lawyers and other professionals that are regular users. These are not street people or ne'er do wells, these are people you interact with everyday. People would be shocked to discover the truth, you can use marijuana on a regular basis and it doesn't destroy your life. It's time we stopped believing the untruths used for prohibition.

Corey Dahl

Lac La Biche



(What are those folks smoking?)

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7 US AZ: Column: Out With A WhimperThu, 28 Sep 2017
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Meyers, Nick Area:Arizona Lines:99 Added:09/28/2017

Maricopa County Attorney loses legal battle with tail between his legs

Earlier this month, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state's medical marijuana industry by quashing a long-standing legal assault by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

Montgomery constantly rails against imaginary dangers of marijuana, likely borne from knowing little to nothing about the plant, and based on flawed data. He was a major player in the fight against Proposition 205 along with Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk.

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8 CN ON: OPED: Government Goes For Reefer Monopoly MadnessFri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Emery, Jodie Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:09/19/2017

It's the worst possible provincial legalization plan: Ontario's Liberal government has announced a state monopoly on the sale of legal nonmedical cannabis, combined with a massive crackdown on the existing cannabis industry.

Legalization wasn't supposed to be like this. Canadians increasingly supported ending cannabis criminalization after watching billions of tax dollars wasted by law enforcement going after peaceful people for pot.

Marijuana has been grown and consumed in Canada for decades without any measurable negative impact on the health and safety of society. In fact, the impact has been more positive than negative, especially for sick and suffering citizens.

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9 CN ON: OPED: Government Goes For Reefer Monopoly MadnessFri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Emery, Jodie Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:09/19/2017

It's the worst possible provincial legalization plan: Ontario's Liberal government has announced a state monopoly on the sale of legal nonmedical cannabis, combined with a massive crackdown on the existing cannabis industry.

Legalization wasn't supposed to be like this. Canadians increasingly supported ending cannabis criminalization after watching billions of tax dollars wasted by law enforcement going after peaceful people for pot.

Marijuana has been grown and consumed in Canada for decades without any measurable negative impact on the health and safety of society. In fact, the impact has been more positive than negative, especially for sick and suffering citizens.

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10CN ON: OPED: Government Monopoly Case Of Reefer MadnessTue, 12 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Emery, Jodie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:09/13/2017

It was the worst possible provincial legalization plan, but it just became official. The Liberal government of Ontario announced a state monopoly on the sale of legal non-medical cannabis, combined with a massive crackdown on the existing cannabis industry.

Legalization wasn't supposed to be like this. Canadians increasingly supported ending cannabis criminalization after watching billions of tax dollars wasted by law enforcement going after peaceful people for pot.

Marijuana has been grown and consumed in Canada for decades without any measurable negative impact on the health and safety of society. In fact, the impact has been more positive than negative, especially for sick and suffering citizens.

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11 US FL: Nazi Gang Members Arrested After Raid On Florida Trailer NetsWed, 09 Aug 2017
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Theisen, Tiffini Area:Florida Lines:38 Added:08/09/2017

Authorities found an exhaustive list of weapons, drug paraphernalia and Nazi propaganda when they raided a trailer Tuesday morning in a rural pocket of west central Florida, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Five felons, two of whom authorities described as documented gang members, were arrested after deputies and a SWAT team served a search warrant on the suburban New Port Richey mobile home, WFLA-Channel 8 reported.

Inside the trailer, which is partially obscured by thick vegetation along a wooded street, were four firearms, ammunition, "hundreds of pages" of miscellaneous bank account and personal identification information, credit cards, veterans' ID cards, insurance cards, vehicle titles, "hundreds of pages of American Nazi Family propaganda (rules, hierarchy, oaths, etc)," opiates, meth, and drug paraphernalia including needles and scales, deputies said.

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12 CN ON: PUB LTE: Not The AnswerSun, 02 Jul 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Kemp, Chris Area:Ontario Lines:34 Added:07/04/2017

A recent letter writer seems to have all the answers regarding pot legalization. I guess, with his criticism of legal marijuana, he feels that booze and cigarettes should be criminalized as well.

Or maybe he's a curmudgeon who's bought into the racist propaganda spread by American police activists over the last few decades.

Treat drug addiction like the medical problem it is and stop feeding the militaristic mindset of the police "fighting a war on drugs." It has only wasted trillions of dollars and ruined countless lives.

Chris Kemp

Richmond



The fear is that the Liberals are steaming ahead with no idea about the consequences of letting people use this drug.

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13 CN ON: OPED: Proposed Pot Legislation Prohibits And PunishesWed, 19 Apr 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Emery, Jodie Area:Ontario Lines:92 Added:04/22/2017

The Liberal government finally introduced its highly anticipated marijuana legalization legislation. But this proposal is not legalization - it is continued criminalization, with new harsher laws designed to punish even more people.

Canadians want marijuana to be legal because they grew tired of seeing family and friends arrested and charged, then denied job opportunities and travel rights. They became frustrated seeing police spend their tax dollars every year going after people for pot, when they should be solving serious crimes.

Decades of studies note that the multi-billion-dollar marijuana industry already exists in Canada despite decades of prohibition. People grow it, sell it, and consume it in massive quantities. And they're not gangsters; in fact, justice department court statistics acknowledge 95 per cent of growers are otherwise law-abiding citizens with no connection to organized crime.

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14 CN ON: PUB LTE: Reflecting On Marijuana LegislationTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Whitworth, Colin Area:Ontario Lines:38 Added:04/21/2017

Re Where will Canadians buy their marijuana?, April 15

I applaud the move to legalize recreational marijuana. It was made illegal decades ago without any health studies that deemed it harmful, and since we've learned that marijuana is far less harmful than tobacco or alcohol, both legal.

There's no reason to treat marijuana differently than we treat booze and cigarettes. Most opposition to this is based on decades of propaganda that linked marijuana to hard, addictive drugs like heroin, which is laughable.

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15Canada: Oped: Pot Plan Means Harsher Laws And PunishmentTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Emery, Jodie Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2017

Arrests will continue under new bill, says Jodie Emery.

The Liberal government finally introduced its highly anticipated marijuana legalization legislation. But this proposal is not legalization - it is continued criminalization, with new, harsher laws designed to punish even more people.

Canadians want marijuana to be legal because they grew tired of seeing family and friends arrested and charged, then denied job opportunities and travel rights. They became frustrated seeing police spend their tax dollars every year going after people for pot, when they should be solving serious crimes such as murder, assault, rape and theft.

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16 CN ON: OPED: The stone cold truth: Marijuana Clouds RealityTue, 18 Apr 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Stockland, Peter Area:Ontario Lines:115 Added:04/19/2017

There's something quasi quaint about the federal government introducing legislation to legalize marijuana.

News reporting on the budding bill has generously employed terrible puns to create a sense of giggling excitement about it. A Canadian Press story advised that all of Ottawa is "buzzing" at the audacity that dope represents.

Buzzing? Among the permanently buzzed, perhaps.

Clearer eyes can't help recognizing the stale nature of the gesture, like watching poor old drunken Uncle Boo being shuffled into a cab long after the other guests have left the party.

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17 CN QU: Editorial: Smoke 'Em If Ya Got 'EmWed, 12 Apr 2017
Source:Record, The (CN QU) Author:McDevitt, Mike Area:Quebec Lines:130 Added:04/14/2017

Tomorrow, the Liberal Government of Justin Trudeau is expected to fulfill one of its most well-publicised campaign promises and present its much anticipated legislation to legalize the possession and use of cannabis for recreational purposes. Why they couldn't wait another week until April 20 (420) is a question worth pondering, but then again, that might have required a sense of humour.

The history of drug prohibition in Canada goes back to the early 20th Century when authorities became concerned about the use of certain substances among Asian immigrant communities. Marijuana was added to the ever-increasing list of banned substances in the 1920s and once again, race was an integral component. Drug use became associated with decadence, jazz, racial mixing, and sexual license - all things designed to send shivers through middle-class society and its concept of propriety.

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18 US AZ: Sinister SubstitutesThu, 06 Apr 2017
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Meyers, Nick Area:Arizona Lines:91 Added:04/06/2017

Major anti-pot campaign funder lands DEA approval of THC drug amidst flurry of lawsuits

Ethics is a hazy argument when it comes to marijuana.

On one hand, opponents of legalization argue that the plant is harmful to society and individuals, and therefore should not be used. "Good people don't smoke marijuana," remember?

On the other, little evidence exists to show that marijuana was even made illegal on ethical grounds, and thousands of individuals' lives are affected by simple possession of a joint, regardless of context.

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19CN ON: Emerys' 'Stripped Of Everything'Sun, 12 Mar 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

Couple behind Cannabis Culture ordered to cut all ties with business after arrests

The business empire built by Canada's "Prince and Princess of Pot" is on the verge of collapse.

Marc and Jodie Emery have been ordered to cease operating their Cannabis Culture dispensary business after they were arrested Wednesday at Pearson Airport while on their way to catch a flight to Barcelona, Jodie said Saturday in a phone call from Toronto.

Emery said that they were taken into custody by plainclothes officers as they exited an Uber vehicle and were later strip-searched and detained.

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20 CN BC: Column: Plain Language A Better Way To Deal With IssuesTue, 31 Jan 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Bond, David Area:British Columbia Lines:99 Added:02/04/2017

I have noticed of late that various public commentators are using terms that mask rather than clarify the true meaning of what they are saying. Whether intentional or not, such obfuscation is not helpful to meaningful discussions of some important issues.

Consider the current plague inflicting that portion of the population who use "recreational" drugs that contain fentanyl or carfentanyl which, even in extremely minute quantities, can cause death. How risking one's life is be considered to be recreation is beyond me, so maybe it's time to revive an old-fashioned term: illegal drugs.

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