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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



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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21 CN NS: Researchers Working On Pain Relief Aspect Of CannabisWed, 10 Jan 2018
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS) Author:Peddle, Stuart Area:Nova Scotia Lines:124 Added:01/10/2018

Editor's Note: This story is part of a series on the birth of a new Nova Scotia industry: Legal pot cultivation.

Nova Scotia pain researchers are looking to key into the body's own systems for relief through new products based on cannabinoids like those in cannabis.

A research team has founded a company called Panag Pharma Inc. to develop non-addictive, effective topical pain relievers that will be available over the counter.

Company president Dr. Mary Lynch is a professor at Dalhousie University and director of research in the pain management unit of the QEII Health Sciences Centre.

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22CN BC: OPED: The Pain Behind Opioid CrisisFri, 05 Jan 2018
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Soles, Trina Larsen Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:01/09/2018

Adverse childhood experiences linked to drug abuse, says TrinaLarsen Soles.

The opioid epidemic is the biggest public health crisis to hit B.C. in decades. Upwards of four people a day are dying of overdoses, usually due to fentanyl poisoning of the street drug supply.

To date the B.C. government has committed $322 million to address the crisis, including opening more supervised consumption sites, providing naloxone kits, urging people not to use alone, and trying to stop tainted drugs from coming into B.C.

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23CN SN: Fentanyl Finding Way Into Sask. JailsFri, 05 Jan 2018
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Polischyuk, Heather Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:01/09/2018

Corrections officials have antidote available for potential overdoses

Fentanyl has been found within all the province's adult correctional centres, a provincial spokesman has confirmed.

The drug has made the news repeatedly, blamed for a rash of deaths throughout the country. As with other trends in the illegal drug world, Saskatchewan has been far from immune, having witnessed a number of deaths and non-fatal overdoses related to this and other opioids.

Drew Wilby, spokesman for the Ministry of Justice, said one other pattern has proved true here - that what's available on the streets is also available in jail.

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24CN AB: OPED: A Fresh Way Of Responding To Opioid EpidemicSat, 06 Jan 2018
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Soles, Trina Larsen Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:01/09/2018

Let's shift our approach, writes Dr. Trina Larsen Soles

The opioid epidemic is the biggest public health crisis to hit in decades.

One potential response, in addition to opening more supervised consumption sites, providing better access to Naloxone kits, urging people not to use alone, and trying to stop tainted drugs from being accessible - could be to deepen our public understanding and shift our approach to a more compassionate and effective outcome: recognizing and addressing the underlying role of adverse childhood experiences and how they make individuals more vulnerable to substance use.

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25 Canada: PUB LTE: The Rush To Slow DownFri, 05 Jan 2018
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Vickers, Gary Area:Canada Lines:39 Added:01/09/2018

Re Majority Of Canadians Are Against Legalizing Pot By July 1, Poll Finds (Jan. 3): Yet again, we're told that Canadians do not want to rush our municipalities, provinces and country into legalized marijuana.

In the more than two years since the election of a government supporting the legalization of recreational marijuana, reactionary talking heads have taken every opportunity to stall and delay the implementation process.

We have had more than ample time to discuss the important issues and prepare as well as can be expected for the legal sale and distribution of cannabis in Canada. California, a state with a population greater than Canada, voted to legalize recreational marijuana in November of 2016 and the product is already available for purchase in their state.

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26 CN AB: LTE: Safe Injection Sites Won't Solve ProblemFri, 05 Jan 2018
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:O'Hara, Phil Area:Alberta Lines:41 Added:01/09/2018

Re. "Opioids kill hundreds," Dec. 28

This is a terrible tragedy and health professionals need to be supported in their evidence-based efforts to prevent these deaths.

However, this story, like many media reports, inaccurately frames the approval of four supervised drug injection sites in Edmonton as a "positive development" in efforts to prevent these deaths.

In contrast, the Journal's headline on the day after these sites were announced was "Injection sites may do little for fentanyl crisis, experts say" (Feb. 23, 2017).

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27 CN NS: Developer Hopes Fish Urine Gives Edge In Cannabis MarketSat, 06 Jan 2018
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS) Author:Rankin, Andrew Area:Nova Scotia Lines:91 Added:01/09/2018

Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a series of stories focusing on people in Nova Scotia who will be delving into the marijuana industry.

Fish urine is the secret sauce that will allow some 50,000 cannabis plants to thrive in Liverpool. We'll get to that momentarily. Myrna Gillis, founder and president of Aqualitas, reported recently her company had collected $8.7 million from investors across Canada and the United States.

Three years into the making, and Gillis says Aqualitas has its sights set on a cultivating licence next month, allowing a minimum of 60 people to go to work in a job-starved area that was devastated by the closure of the Bowater newsprint mill in 2012. The Aqualitis plant itself occupies the former Bowater site.

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28 CN AB: PUB LTE: Marijuana High Isn't So Long-LastingSat, 06 Jan 2018
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Tarrant, Ted Area:Alberta Lines:24 Added:01/09/2018

Re: "Marijuana isn't without its risks," Letter, Jan. 4.

As is typical of marijuana scaremongers, Jack Falk misconstrues the fact that marijuana metabolites are detectable in the body for a longer period than alcohol. The effects of marijuana (the high, if you will), however, are fairly short-lived (two to three hours if smoked, six to 12 hours if ingested). The letter writer needs to educate himself a little before making such easily repudiated claims.

Ted Tarrant, Calgary


29CN BC: Government Hiring For Marijuana Retail IndustrySat, 06 Jan 2018
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Brown, Scott Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:01/09/2018

The B.C. government will soon be weeding through resumes as the province looks to hire the right people to run its marijuana-sales business.

The province will be the sole wholesale distributor of recreational pot through the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch when cannabis becomes legal across Canada, which is expected to happen this summer.

The B.C. Public Service Agency is advertising two jobs - executive director and director of merchandising - for the liquor branch's cannabis operations.

Qualifications for the executive director job, which pays between $126,000 and $140,000 a year, include having a post-secondary degree in a related field and "several years of progressive senior leadership experience" in leading a wholesale and retail division.

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30Canada: Canada's Top Pot Expert On Weed's Path To LegalizationSat, 06 Jan 2018
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Ligaya, Armina Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:01/09/2018

Even though Ernest Small was the biggest legal grower of legal marijuana in North America back in the 1970s and is the federal government's foremost pot expert, the Canadian researcher is in disbelief that the country is on the cusp of legalizing the drug's recreational use.

The principal research scientist for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, who was named to the Order of Canada last week, says the aura around marijuana in government and law enforcement circles was "repressive and conservative" for decades.

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31CN BC: Growing Need For Addiction Help In Construction IndustryThu, 04 Jan 2018
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Culbert, Lori Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:01/09/2018

They climb high buildings, bend steel and do dangerous jobs with little room for error, but while sounding a bit like superheroes, many fly under the radar as they struggle with mental health and addiction problems.

A construction industry program that offers additional services and mental health treatment has seen demand more than double in the past year, driven by the fentanyl epidemic and the organization's efforts to reach more workers.

"It is frightening what is happening in our industry. One of the reasons we are seeing so many people coming in is because they are scared," Vicky Waldron, executive director of the Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan, told Postmedia News.

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32CN AB: Hundreds Of Aspiring Legal Pot Retailers Aim To Set Up Shop InFri, 05 Jan 2018
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Kaufmann, Bill Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:01/09/2018

At least 200 potential marijuana retailers have expressed interest in setting up shop in Calgary, says the city official responsible for planning for the impending legalization of recreational cannabis.

Matt Zabloski said retail expectations could be getting out of hand, depending on provincial directives on how such shops will be located and regulated - guidelines that should be provided next month.

"There are a lot of people putting a lot of money into this now and there are no guarantees," said Zabloski, who's working with as many as 17 city business units to prepare for legalization, expected to take effect this summer.

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33CN SN: Mayor Says City May Miss July 1 Date For Pot RulesTue, 09 Jan 2018
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Tank, Phil Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:01/09/2018

Until province reveals its full plans, revision of bylaws is stuck in limbo

The landscape for legal marijuana in Saskatoon remains hazy, even though the provincial government released part of its plan.

On Monday, Mayor Charlie Clark told reporters he welcomed more clarity from the province, but could not guarantee the city's complex regulatory regime will be in place for July 1, the federal government's target date for marijuana legalization.

Clark spoke after a city council committee discussed possible bylaw changes that will depend on the provincial rules. Saskatchewan remains the only province that has not released its plan for legalized marijuana.

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34 CN BC: LTE: Stoned Life Not 'Worth Living'Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Siedlecka, Bozenna Area:British Columbia Lines:23 Added:01/09/2018

One can only hope that people around the world are enlightened enough not to follow Canada's commitment to making its citizens brainless for good all for the sake of a vibrant marijuana industry making big money.

The euphoria marijuana creates is short, while the miserable life it sometimes produces for its worshippers is a struggle and not the kind of life worth living.

Bozenna Siedlecka, Port Moody


35CN SN: City Needs Answers On Pot Plan, Mayor SaysTue, 09 Jan 2018
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:White-Crummey, Arthur Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:01/09/2018

Regina's mayor is faulting the province for "drip, drip, dripping " information on marijuana regulation, and for failing to provide the clarity the city needs to craft its own plan.

Despite his issues, he said Regina will not take advantage of the province's offer to "say no to a licence."

The province announced Monday that cannabis will be sold through licensed private retailers and regulated through the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority. But Mayor Michael Fougere said he still has questions about how the move will affect Regina.

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36 CN ON: Pot Control On The AgendaTue, 09 Jan 2018
Source:Simcoe Reformer, The (CN ON) Author:Sonnenberg, Monte Area:Ontario Lines:53 Added:01/09/2018

New report offers control options for odour, light, noise

Norfolk County may soon have well-defined rules governing the production of recreational and medicinal marijuana.

Marijuana production facilities have proliferated unchecked in Norfolk over the past two years. These are medicinal in nature and loosely governed by Health Canada regulations.

These facilities are not subject to provincial planning policies. As such, increased production has occurred in a policy vacuum that has given rise to land-use conflicts related to smell, noise and light pollution.

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37CN SN: Private Sector To Sell Pot Under Provincial PlanTue, 09 Jan 2018
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Fraser, D. C. Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:01/09/2018

City on deck for seven outlets, with retailers selected in a lottery

Saskatchewan is planning to allow private retailers to sell cannabis products, once they are legalized this summer by the federal government.

Regina will be able to have six retailers, while Saskatoon can have seven. About 60 stores, which must be stand-alone shops and will also be able to sell products online, will be located in 40 communities throughout the province.

The Saskatchewan Party government is allowing communities with a population of at least 2,500 to be eligible for a cannabis retailer.

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38CN ON: Police Eyes Are On Needle BubbleTue, 09 Jan 2018
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Egan, Kelly Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:01/09/2018

Surveillance intimidates clients, staff at Inner City Health's safe injection site

All is not rosy at Ottawa's first sanctioned safe injection site in Lowertown.

The executive director of Ottawa Inner City Health, which operates the legal drug-taking site from a trailer at Shepherds of Good Hope, said Ottawa police regularly have a cruiser parked by the steps to the facility.

"We are having really significant problems currently and we're hoping we can resolve them," said Wendy Muckle.

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39 CN ON: Hamilton Pot Dispensaries Growing Like A WeedMon, 08 Jan 2018
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Buist, Steve Area:Ontario Lines:79 Added:01/08/2018

Number has tripled over the past year, according to city report

A new report shows the number of marijuana dispensaries operating in the city has tripled in the past year despite increased bylaw enforcement efforts.

According to the report released Friday, there are 46 marijuana dispensaries operating in Hamilton, compared to 15 in operation last January.

While the federal government is expected to legalize marijuana this summer, marijuana dispensaries are illegal, according to the report - prepared by Ken Leendertse, Hamilton's director of licensing and bylaw services.

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40CN AB: Column: Thanks To Pot, We Have A Drug War We Can WinMon, 08 Jan 2018
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Nelson, Chris Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:01/08/2018

Second-hand smoke concerns will cut into consumption

The war on drugs is about to get a lot more interesting, here in Alberta.

And not because of another tough-talking "lock everyone up and throw away the keys" politician. Heck, we've seen that lot come and go without making the slightest dent in an age-old problem, though it did help get them elected.

Nope, that was just blather, bluster and tossing peanuts to the gallery. Sure, politicians and law enforcement agencies love that standby news conference where oodles of some drugs, bundles of cash and a few handguns and semiautomatic weapons are proudly displayed for effect.

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41 CN ON: Fentanyl Found In Cocaine, Police WarnMon, 08 Jan 2018
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Daniszewski, Hank Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:01/08/2018

London police are warning the public that cocaine seized in November contained the deadly opioid fentanyl.

Health Canada tests confirmed the presence of fentanyl - an opioid 100 times more powerful than morphine - in drugs found on a 33-year-old London man after he was arrested.

"This is the first time in London that both cocaine and fentanyl were discovered in the same sample," police said in a news release Sunday.

"It is not confirmed if the drugs were intentionally or inadvertently mixed."

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42CN AB: Crime-Busting Team Keeps Afoot On Gasa In War With GangsMon, 08 Jan 2018
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Graney, Juris Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:01/08/2018

ALERT boss says officers will focus on keeping up with tech-savvy bad guys

Disarming and dismantling the upper echelon of organized crime groups in Alberta is in the sights of the province's dedicated guns and gang investigators in 2018, says the province's integrated law enforcement boss.

But in order to disrupt the complex networks of drug-running and gun-toting criminals in Alberta, officers will need to stay ahead of the technology curve as these groups - which include some of the province's most notorious outlaw motorcycle gangs - are becoming increasingly tech savvy.

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43CN BC: Industrial Pot Growing Criticized For Heavy Use Of PowerMon, 08 Jan 2018
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Kane, Laura Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:01/08/2018

VANCOUVER - Dan Sutton always assumed cannabis had to be grown indoors.

The former technology professional was new to the marijuana industry in 2012 when he founded Tantalus Labs. The stereotypical image of a large industrial warehouse, with pot plants growing under bright lights and fans, loomed large in his mind.

But when Sutton asked academics, horticulturists and engineers for advice, they all told him that no crop on the planet is grown indoors on a commercial scale.

"It just doesn't really make a huge amount of sense to replace the energy of sunlight, which is so abundant and obviously healthy for leafy green crops, with a synthetic alternative," he said.

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44 Canada: High Hopes For Canada's Cannabis IndustryFri, 05 Jan 2018
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Ligaya, Armina Area:Canada Lines:68 Added:01/07/2018

U.S. pot enforcement policy could give companies north of the border an advantage

A move by the U.S. Attorney General to quash an Obama-era policy that allowed legalized pot to flourish south of the border dealt a blow to marijuana stocks Thursday, but observers and industry players say the crackdown is a boon for the Canadian cannabis industry.

On Thursday, Jeff Sessions rescinded the 2013 Obama administration guidance that suggested the federal government would not intervene in U.S. states where the drug is legal, which has opened the door for several states to legalize pot for medical and recreational purposes.

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45 CN ON: Pot Business EmbracedFri, 05 Jan 2018
Source:Northern News (CN ON) Author:Karstens-Smith, Gemma Area:Ontario Lines:106 Added:01/07/2018

First Nations invest in KL marijuana business

KIRKLAND LAKE - Canada's marijuana industry is expanding rapidly and some First Nations are looking to cash in on the emerging economic opportunities.

Phil Fontaine, an Indigenous politician turned marijuana executive, has spent the past year travelling the country and talking to First Nations about jobs, wealth and training opportunities the burgeoning marijuana business could bring.

"Everywhere we've been, it's been the same reaction, interest, excitement," said the former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. "First Nations are speaking about possibilities and potential. So it's been very encouraging. "Marijuana businesses represent "tremendous potential" for First Nations, partially because communities are able to get in on the ground floor, instead of fighting to catch up years later as has traditionally been the case, Fontaine said.

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46 US CA: LTE: California Will Regret Legalizing MarijuanaWed, 03 Jan 2018
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Burnham, Ellen L. Area:California Lines:46 Added:01/07/2018

To the editor: The commercial interests driving the rapid legalization of marijuana in California call to mind the playbook of Big Tobacco. ("For marijuana users, it's high times as California makes recreational use legal," Jan. 2)

Decades passed and millions of lives were harmed before the adverse impact of cigarettes was acknowledged. During that time, Big Tobacco stifled government investigation of tobacco's potential harm while manipulating their product's addictive properties and marketing to children.

Since the liberalization of marijuana laws in Colorado, more people use marijuana than ever before, and many have or will become addicted. Use of healthcare resources for marijuana-associated illnesses has also increased here.

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47 US CA: PUB LTE: Cannabis Concerns Apply Equally To AlcoholWed, 03 Jan 2018
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Bigelow, Bert Area:California Lines:36 Added:01/07/2018

To the editor: The three letters you published in "California moves into its marijuana future on Jan. 1. Some readers are not eager to make the leap" stated the following concerns about marijuana use, most of which apply equally to alcohol.

Law enforcement does not have adequate test criteria for driving under the influence. While there is no blood-alcohol test for pot, police have many other field sobriety tests, including "walking the line," reciting the alphabet backward and the "eye and penlight test." A driver may pass the 0.08% blood alcohol content test and still be arrested for DUI if he or she drives erratically or exhibits slurred speech or other cognitive difficulties.

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48 US CA: PUB LTE: Criminal Justice Reform Is Long OverdueWed, 03 Jan 2018
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Veenhuizen, Melissa Area:California Lines:28 Added:01/07/2018

To the editor: For far too long, our poor, working class and communities of color have been suffering due to unjust criminal persecution for minor offenses like possession of marijuana.

The time for criminal justice reform is long overdue. We ought to divert money from prisons into education and drug recovery programs.

What happened in Portugal after it decriminalized drugs compared with the U.S. when Presidents Nixon, Reagan and Clinton fought their war on drugs is incredibly telling. We need to change our way of thinking and get back to helping our communities, our brothers and sisters, succeed and thrive in this country.

Melissa Veenhuizen, Long Beach


49 US CA: For Marijuana Users, It's High Times As California MakesTue, 02 Jan 2018
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Gerber, Marisa Area:California Lines:173 Added:01/07/2018

"Groove on! Groove on!" blared from speakers outside a gray warehouse in Santa Ana. Inside, a line of 60 people snaked through the shop, waiting to be helped by a budtender.

"We were bombarded!" said Robert Taft Jr., founder of the marijuana dispensary 420 Central.

When the shop opened at 7 a.m. Monday -- Day 1 of legal recreational pot sales in California -- a handful of people had already lined up. Within two hours, more than 100 customers, some still nursing holiday hangovers, had made purchases. As they walked out, Taft shouted, "Enjoy your new freedom!"

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50 US CA: State Pot Bureau Ready To Enforce California's New MarijuanaTue, 02 Jan 2018
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:McGreevy, Patrick Area:California Lines:43 Added:01/07/2018

The state has issued 104 licenses for retail stores to sell marijuana for recreational use in California and 239 other applications for those permits are pending, officials said Tuesday.

An official with the state Bureau of Cannabis Control added that the agency is prepared to begin taking enforcement action against pot shops that are not properly licensed.

"The bureau's enforcement team is ready to respond to any complaints it receives and start doing compliance checks and site visits at any time," said Alex Traverso, a spokesman for the bureau.

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