Ontario Senator Tony Dean, sponsor of the Trudeau Liberals' pot bill
in the Upper Chamber, is upset that Canadians will not be able to
legally light up their spliffs until long after Canada Day.
He says time is of the essence, and that the government does not have
the luxury of biding it.
Why is this? Why, after more than 100 years of marijuana being
illegal, does the good senator think pushing back the smoke date by a
few weeks is the wrong thing to do?
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Patients still struggling to get covered by insurance plans
As Alberta moves forward on retail applications for recreational
marijuana, those who use the drug for medical reasons still wait for
Most forms of medical cannabis do not have a Drug Identification
Number (DIN) in Canada, which leaves it subject to tax and exempts it
from most health coverage plans.
"We're not talking about drug users using this to get high, we're
talking about patients that need it to be able to function and be part
of a working society," said Scott Bladon, an Edmonton man who has
legally used cannabis for three years to treat psoriatic arthritis.
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As legalization looms, experts say we're not road safe yet
As Canada readies to legalize pot this summer, experts including an
ex-traffic cop warn we're still stumped about stopping stoned drivers
from hitting B.C.'S streets.
"I've stopped lots of people who have been under the influence of
marijuana," recalls retired West Vancouver traffic enforcement officer
Cpl. Grant Gottgetreu. "You had to get really good at making
"Unless a person gets pulled over and there's an overwhelming smell of
burned marijuana from the car
there's still no instrument out there
to test like there is for alcohol yet."
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(Re: New guideline recommends doctors avoid prescribing medical
marijuana for most conditions, Feb. 15)
The British have just issued the same guideline raising the question
why there was not public education on the serious dangers to health
before the Trudeau government fast-tracked legalizing marijuana.
Besides causing serious damage to young developing brains, using pot
can also lead to very aggressive behaviour is some people. The bottom
line is very little is known about the long-term health effects of
the 80 cannabinoids contained in marijuana. One thing we do know from
the experiences in Colorado and Washington states, after legalization,
is there will likely be more impaired drivers on our highways leading
to more road deaths and young people will gain access to the drug with
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Pallister government not budgeting for pot tax revenue this year
If the Pallister government projects a reduced deficit in the 2018
provincial budget, it won't be because of a new pot tax.
The Winnipeg Sun has learned that next month's budget will not include
a revenue line from marijuana sales, even though legalized pot is
expected to go on sale sometime later this year.
Finance Minister Cameron Friesen confirmed government is not budgeting
for any marijuana revenues in 2018-19 and is still examining the
potential costs associated with legalized weed, including additional
health care, road safety and justice costs.
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I firmly believe that most Canadians don't want recreational marijuana
legalized, and that there is still time to stop it.
The basic threat to the Liberal party is anti-marijuana voters who
will get their attention in the election coming up next year.
I don't need to repeat the many solid reasons why legalization of pot
is a bad decision by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It will turn into
a disaster, causing major grief to thousands of families.
It's sad that most Canadians don't speak up as loudly as the dopers do
while breaking the law. What we need is a well-known "champion," like
a Jim Pattison type, to start up a campaign against legalization.
Bill Davis, New Westminster
The Rx Greenhouse, one of the state's first marijuana pharmacy is
looking to open in Metairie. This rendering is a picture of the
pharmacy's waiting area.
One of the state's first marijuana pharmacies is looking to open in
Metairie nearly two years after Louisiana lawmakers authorized the use
of medical marijuana for certain conditions.
The Rx Greenhouse last month got preliminary approval from the state
Pharmacy Board and plans to be operational by Sept. 1, according to
CEO Dr. Sajal Roy, who is also a pharmacist.
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South Carolina could allow prison inmates with physical or
mental-health issues to be treated with cannabidiol oil, an active
ingredient found in marijuana plants.
The S.C. House budget-writing committee OK'd an amendment Tuesday that
would authorize the S.C. Department of Corrections to start a pilot
program to study the effects of cannabidiol oil use on inmates.
South Carolina already has a law -- Julian's Law -- that allows
patients with certain forms of epilepsy to use cannabidiol oil.
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The state auditor says Ohio should continue its medical marijuana
program despite "multiple" flaws in selecting grower applicants.
Republican Auditor David Yost says the program's flaws should be
handled by administrative appeals or lawsuits.
At issue is the Department of Commerce's admission last week that a
scoring error led to a company's inadvertent exclusion from the
proposed list of the dozen big marijuana growers in Ohio's new program.
The agency says it identified the mistake after Yost expressed concern
that two employees had complete access to the scoring data.
The agency offered to put the program on hold. Yost said in
Wednesday's letter it's too late for that. He urged the agency to get
advice from the Ohio Attorney General.
Congressman Pete Sessions used a speech to a group of doctors and
other healthcare providers at an opioid epidemic summit Tuesday to
suggest that marijuana is the gateway to addiction and as a campaign
against the medical and recreational legalization movement.
The Republican from Dallas called the rising number of deaths from
opioid overdose a "national crisis" and implored those on the front
lines of the fight, the scientific and medical communities, he said,
to provide solutions he can bring to Congress, saying he will get the
appropriate funding added to next month's budget bill.
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With toxic street drugs such as fentanyl killing four British
Columbians a day, much of the response has focused on overdose
treatments with naloxone, and supervised injection sites. Yet
public-health staff have concluded that emergency interventions such
as these will not stop the epidemic. If the supply of these drugs
cannot be halted - and no war on drugs has ever been won - the only
option is to prevent the downward slide that leads to street-drug addiction.
Many of the victims are middle-age men and women who have fought a
lifelong struggle against such challenges as alcoholism, mental
illness, the lasting effects of childhood abuse and more.
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Would Baltimore be better off if we called off the war on drugs? Yes.
There would almost certainly be less violence here. The downside:
Barring a sudden and significant change in the city's economic base
that could lead to more jobs for men who have been involved in the
illegal narcotics trade, we would still have too many neighborhoods
with open-air drug markets.
But first things first. Let's deal with the violence.
The violence remains Baltimore's most immediate and pressing problem;
we are internationally known for it.
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The mayor is wrong on allowing legal pot cafes, and here's why
Mayor Jim Watson won't support the idea of legal lounges where people
can smoke pot.
That's not even remotely surprising: Watson's a cautious, conservative
mayor when it comes to social policy. He doesn't want to make it
easier for anyone to smoke anything in lounges.
If his view wins the day, there won't really be anywhere in Ottawa to
smoke pot, because politicians at Queen's Park have banned smoking
marijuana in public places.
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Psychologists point to 'compelling evidence' of cannabis' potential
Apart from the #Metoo maelstrom and the housing crises in Toronto and
Vancouver, few things stir up Canadians more than marijuana, which its
promoters claim is the cure for everything from glaucoma to brain disease
Should private outlets sell recreational marijuana? Is it more
enjoyable to smoke or swallow cannabis? Will I get rich on pot stocks?
Is it possible to remove the criminal underground from Canada's $6
billion-a-year cannabis industry?
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Are public health officials facing up to the fact that the overdose
epidemic in Canada and the U.S. is mostly devastating boys and men?
There are small signs some health officials are slowly, awkwardly,
hesitatingly beginning to acknowledge the obvious: The overdose crisis
is predominantly an issue of men's health.
Public officials have much denial to make up for. It was just a year
ago that former B.C. Liberal health minister Terry Lake pulled out the
public relations stops to open a 38-bed Vancouver facility for women
to overcome substance abuse. Months before an election, Lake also
announced an overdose prevention site exclusively for females.
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Dealing with the impact of marijuana legalization is expected to be
one of the year's biggest challenges for the Cornwall Community Police
Service, according to Chief-designate Danny Aikman.
"Obviously there is a lot of attention being paid the legalization of
marijuana and the impact that will have on municipalities as well as
police forces," he said.
The Cornwall police are concerned their costs could increase because
of the change in the law, and Aikman said just because possession will
be legal, doesn't mean enforcement efforts can be stopped.
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A group of First Nations looks set to win big in the Manitoba cannabis
market, thanks to partnerships with several cannabis companies chosen
to run the province's private marijuana retail system.
On Friday, Manitoba announced that it had "conditionally accepted"
proposals from four groups - chosen from a pool of more than 100
applicants - to run dispensaries in the province. Canopy Growth Corp.
in partnership with Winnipeg-based Delta 9 Cannabis Inc., took home
one conditional letter; another went to upscale retail brand Tokyo
Smoke, a subsidiary of Hiku Brands Ltd.
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Calgarians are demonstrating strong common sense when it comes to
offering advice on how marijuana should be regulated. The drug will be
legalized by the federal government on July 1, but it's been left to
cities to determine where pot smoking will be permitted. A survey
prepared for the city by Environics Research finds that approximately
55 per cent of Calgarians believe marijuana consumption should be
treated more like alcohol, rather than regarded as a product similar
Such a conclusion is prudent and would mean that pot couldn't be
smoked in public, just as imbibers can't drink beer and other alcohol
in public. It's difficult to imagine people walking down the street
with a glass of wine in their hand - it's equally troublesome to
picture a group of Calgarians sharing a joint as they meander down the
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A few groups feel they were overlooked in the competition to sell
legal pot in Manitoba, including some small business owners.
Rick Macl, owner of the Brandon shop Growers 'n Smokers, said he
partnered with another business to submit a proposal.
But he also said his eventual rejection letter was expected early on
in that process, due to conditions set by the province.
"I knew I had no chance having (less than) three stores going in
alone. I was forced to join other companies," said Macl. "I was in
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Robert Consulmagno walked into TerraVida Holistic Center in
Sellersville around 9:30 a.m. Saturday and left half an hour later
feeling hopeful for the first time in a while.
"Help is on the way," Consulmagno said, lifting his purchase –
a vape pen and cartridge of 500 mg of "Keystone Kush" – to
applause from dispensary staff. "I've been waiting a long time for
Consulmagno, a disabled Marine veteran who suffers from bipolar
disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, was the first person to
buy medical marijuana from TerraVida, one of two dispensaries to open
in the Philadelphia area Saturday. The other, Keystone Shops, is in
Devon. Pennsylvania's first dispensary opened Thursday in Butler,
followed by others in Pittsburgh, Bethlehem, and Enola on Friday.
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With decriminalization advancing coast to coast, legalized pot appears
on its way, and Minnesota will light up the debate this year. Change
I don't smoke marijuana. There are secret purchases required, plus the
learning of code, dealer etiquette, dosing expertise, exotic strains,
the latest artisanal delivery systems, and it all sounds way too
Also, because it's easy to forget this detail, pot is illegal.
But even if pot were decriminalized tomorrow - a proposal on the table
at the State Capitol - the chances of my racing out to score some
"Chronicles of Narnia" and then heading home to roll up a fatty are,
well, slim. Unlike Bill Clinton, the one time I did blaze up, over 20
years ago, I inhaled quite deeply enough to find the effect
unpleasant. Some of us have all the feelings of alienation and
existential weirdness you could ask for, thank you very much.
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Thanks for publishing Kathy Inman's outstanding letter: "Marijuana
Solution" (Feb. 11). I'd like to add that about seven years ago before
and after my hip-replacement surgery, I was taking about six Vicodin
tablets every day.Now, thanks to medical marijuana, I take no pain
Vicodin can and does kill thousands of people every year. Cannabis, on
the other hand, has never killed anyone. For those who oppose cannabis
use don't buy it. Don't buy it. Don't grow it and don't use it. Period.
The Notley government rolled out more of its marijuana retail
regulations on Friday and, we must say, they continue to stay ahead of
The only way this year's legalization of bud is going to work is if
obtaining legit weed is reasonably close in convenience and price to
buying the illegal stuff. The Alberta NDP government seems to be
making a reasonable stab at doing just that.
When you can walk into just about any bar in the province and in a few
minutes pick up a couple of joints at a reasonable price, it won't
automatically be easy for legal retailers to compete.n Users might
have to drive further and pay more for the straight stuff.
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Can we please stop with the "more" research on marijuana? The only
research that is needed is to determine how much good it can do medically.
Everyone knows why it was banned decades ago - so they could sell more
pills. There is not one recorded death due to overdose, no one has
ever gotten stoned and gone on a killing spree, no one has ever smoked
pot and driven 150 km/h on the highway. Just recently we are finding
out about CBD's helping people with Parkinsons, arthritis, and seizures.
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Panel warned of supply problems, tight margins
A Vancouver cannabis retailer whose company plans to open 10 Alberta
stores this year says anyone rushing into the field shouldn't expect
to find a pot of gold.
"People definitely see it as a potentially very profitable business,
or cash cow. It's not," Andrew Gordon, director of operations for Aura
Cannabis, said Friday following a panel discussion sponsored by the
Leduc Regional Chamber of Commerce.
"The margins are very similar to other retailers
There's (also) a
potential of real shortages facing our business right out the gate in
the first 18 months. We have seen that in jurisdictions down south."
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Alberta could be the site of 250 cannabis stores in the first year of
legalization, with retailers able to offer discount prices on bud and
marijuana oil, provincial officials said Friday.
No one business or person will be able to own more than 15 per cent of
the locations, or a maximum of 37 stores, the government said, and the
outlets must be located no closer than 100 metres from schools and
"This is a brand new market and we want to ensure everyone can
participate, from the very small to the very large entities," said
Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley, adding there's no shortage
of prospective retailers.
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The state Narcotics Enforcement Division is investigating allegations
of illegal activity at last weekend's Hawaii Cannabis Expo, where some
vendors openly distributed cannabis seeds and other products.
Most of the more than 100 vendors, including all three of Oahu's legal
medical marijuana dispensaries, were not distributing products
illegally. But some were straddling the line of recreational use -
including a number of exhibitors "giving away" seeds by donation.
The state Department of Health notified the attorney general's office
and law enforcement about possible illegal sales at the event and is
"concerned about the allegations," DOH spokeswoman Janice Okubo said.
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Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach and general manager Chris Jones
remains "disappointed" in Duron Carter.
Carter faces charges for marijuana possession in Winnipeg and
"I was really disappointed because I had just come off the heels of
going down to Florida and spending good quality time with him and his
mom,'' Jones said Wednesday from his home in South Pittsburg, Tenn.
"It's like when a family member or a close friend gets into a
situation like that. I'm really disappointed because I thought we were
a bit beyond that thing. It's something that we'll wait and see what
the legal process goes through and what the authorities say. Then
we'll have more of a comment on exactly what happens with Duron.''
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You save by buying bulk - and this law of shopping logic holds for
illegal as well as legal products. Which means someone in Cambridge is
either a very sharp negotiator, or a pot-smoking liar
As part of the institutional preparation for the legalization of
marijuana, Statistics Canada is currently collecting reams of data on
the pot economy.
This is necessary to ensure the reliability of national accounts when
legal weed becomes a reality, as sales will otherwise show up as a
huge, immediate spike in consumer purchases.
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Company is gearing up to include medicinal cannabis under extended
health-care benefit plans, helping offset costs for users
Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada will become the first major insurance
company to add medical marijuana to its group benefits plans for
Canadian companies, a pivotal move in the insurance industry that will
help ease the financial burden for medical marijuana users, and a sign
of the growing acceptance of cannabis in the Canadian workplace.
As of March 1, Sun Life will include medical cannabis as optional
coverage under an extended health-care benefit plan. Sun Life, which
administers group benefits plans for more than 22,000 Canadian
companies, oversees health and dental coverage for more than five
million Canadians - including dependents.
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A new medical guideline suggests family doctors should think twice
before prescribing medical marijuana to their patients.
The Simplified Guideline for Prescribing Medical Cannabinoids in
Primary Care, published Thursday in the medical journal Canadian
Family Physician, says there is limited evidence to support the
reported benefits of medical marijuana for many conditions.
It adds that any benefit could be balanced, or even outweighed, by the
"While enthusiasm for medical marijuana is very strong among some
people, good, quality research has not caught up," project leader Mike
Allan, director of evidence-based medicine at the University of
Alberta, said in a news release.
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Survey suggests renters more likely to smoke marijuana
An advocacy group for renters say a city survey is needlessly pitting
homeowners and landlords against a vulnerable community.
This week, the City of Calgary put out their citizen cannabis survey,
which included data about how Calgarians feel about impending
legalization along with some pointed policy questions to help the city
as they draft new rules for weed.
The survey found that renters are more likely to currently smoke
marijuana at 32 per cent when compared to 12 per cent homeowners
reporting they currently puff. When it comes to home growing, the city
found that of those who were likely to grow marijuana plants inside
their home 68 per cent of those were living in rented town homes or
apartments. In Calgary particularly, the term renter has become a
dirty word - especially when it comes to the politics of putting in
secondary suites. The divisive term is often in the middle of council
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New medical cannabis guidelines for family doctors stress that they
should authorize marijuana for only a small fraction of patients
because many of its reported benefits have not been proved by rigorous
The guidelines, published Thursday in the Canadian Family Physician
journal, warn that the number of randomized studies backing up the use
of cannabis to fight various ailments is "extremely limited or
entirely absent." The scientific evidence dictates that doctors should
recommend the drug only when treating a handful of very specific
medical conditions such as: chronic nerve pain, palliative cancer
pain, muscle stiffness associated with multiple sclerosis or spinal
cord injuries and the nausea and vomiting brought on by chemotherapy,
according to Mike Allan, a professor of medicine at the University of
Alberta and project lead for the guidelines.
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With target date pushed back twice, government spokesman says there is
no need to impose time allocation in the Senate to speed up process
Ottawa is acknowledging for the first time that legal recreational
marijuana will not be for sale until August or September.
The federal government initially promised to legalize cannabis before
July 1, before giving itself until the end of July. Bill C-45 makes it
clear that cannabis will become legal at a date set by cabinet, not
when the legislation passes.
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Late decision will push back legal sales of weed until August or even
OTTAWA- Canadians will have to wait until at least early August - and
maybe as late as early September - to legally purchase recreational
That's the bottom line now that senators have struck a deal to hold a
final vote by June 7 on the legislation that will usher in the legal
As recently as last week, the Trudeau government was insisting it was
on track for legalization in July. But given the Senate timetable,
Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor conceded Thursday that's not
going to happen.
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Re: "Cannabis: City asks for public feedback" in the Feb. 7 issue of the
I want to voice my disappointment with this article.
We don't have a municipal business licence, but the Nelson Cannabis
Compassion Club isn't a for-profit business. Since March, 2000 we have
been licensed by the province as a non-profit organization,
incorporated under the Societies Act. The licensing and regulating of
which is the jurisdiction of the province.
Also in the Feb. 7th 2018 issue Pam Mierau says, "Our assumption is
they (medical dispensaries) will be treated like anybody else who is
looking to set up a retail store here, and they'll have to go through
the same process , and they won't have any advantage over anyone
else." "But we're not sure." Well, she shouldn't be sure as there is a
major difference between a recreational user of cannabis and a medical
user. It's called the Chart of Rights and Freedoms. Recreational users
don't have charter protections and medical users do. Even the
provincial government realizes this. If you look at their
announcements around the retail sales of recreational cannabis they
use the same term "non-medicinal cannabis" over and over again.
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Why are people expecting to have marijuana-conviction charges removed
from their records and/or expecting compensation for any prison time
they may have served? They knowingly broke the law at the time.
I don't think any of them would be admitting to their habit if the
government were announcing that they were going to criminalize it.
Compensating people for breaking the law would be a waste of
Brian Slade, Pitt Meadows
Public awareness of possible harm from marijuana use will be part of a
public campaign in the coming days as July approaches when the federal
government will legalize the use of the drug.
"We will have a public education campaign around the legalization of
cannabis," a spokesperson for the Alberta Cannabis Secretariat said in
an email. "However, the details of public education coming from the
federal government have not yet been finalized."
Federal government details are necessary first in order to ensure
there are no duplicated efforts at the provincial level.
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Alberta outlines specifics on cannabis sales
Alberta expects to issue 250 licences for cannabis stores this year,
and says anyone who wants to run a weed shop will first undergo an
exhaustive check ranging from tax records to mob ties. "We believe
that our regulations will strike the right balance," Justice Minister
Kathleen Ganley said Friday in Calgary as she unveiled the new
regulations for marijuana distribution.
"The system that we are putting in place in Alberta will create an
environment in which retailers can legally sell cannabis and provide
access to safe products while keeping the health and safety of
Albertans in mind."
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Earlier this month, front-line health workers in Toronto raised the
possibility that part of the city's cocaine supply may be tainted with
fentanyl, after a handful of drug overdoses were connected to users
unknowingly consuming the deadly opioid while smoking crack.
This dismal scenario is common in Canada. Across the country, illicit
drugs are being cut with the synthetic painkiller - which is up to 50
times more potent than heroin - because it is cheap and powerful and
saves dealers money. During a month-long period in the summer of 2016,
86 per cent of the street drugs tested at Vancouver's supervised
injection sitewere laced with fentanyl.
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The AIDS Network is putting itself forward to run Hamilton's first
supervised injectionsite at its downtown Effort Square location.
The AIDS service organization is preparing proposals to the provincial
and federal governments for a permanent site where people can inject
illegal drugs under the watchful eye of trained staff without fear of
Meanwhile, it is also proposing a smaller temporary overdose
prevention site as a stopgap that would allow supervised injection
until the permanent location was approved and operating.
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Political manoeuvres in upper house likely to push legalization date
into September - well past the Liberals' original July 1 target
If you were hankering for a summer of legalized marijuana in Canada,
you can forget it.
And you can thank Canada's newly independent - but unelected - Senate
There is now a firm deadline for passage, but it wasn't the deadline
the Trudeau government, and some provinces, wanted.
If this was a strictly political gambit, there are those who would
finger the culprit, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, as the man who
directed his Senate caucus to put the brakes on government
legislation, choosing partisan battles over sober second thought.
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I just spent the morning reading Bill C-45, the new cannabis law. I
discovered under the section for possession, it states that a youth
(12 to 18) who possesses more than five grams of dried marijuana will
be charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act but does not mention
anything about amounts under five grams or under age 12.
Given all the science-based facts on the effect of cannabis on
developing brains I find this to be a very careless section. The
argument concerning ruining a young person's life with a record is
made moot since the offence is dealt with under the Youth Criminal
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Now that marijuana is legal in California, people don't have to hide
their marijuana use -- in fact, some are smoking it right in officers'
But these pot smokers aren't being brazen. They're actually helping
police better detect impaired drivers on the road, CBS Los Angeles
Glendale police Officer Bryan Duncan told the news station that about
75 percent of the DUI arrests he makes these days are drug impaired --
"more cannabis than alcohol."
A group of smokers recently gathered at a hotel where they were first
given field sobriety tests, and then allowed to start smoking
marijuana, Inside Edition reported. They later took sobriety tests for
a second time to judge how the drug affected their mental and motor
skill, the news outlet said.
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Bowman wants help getting promised provincial funding for
OTTAWA - Mayor Brian Bowman says he wants Ottawa to push the Pallister
government to cough up more funding for infrastructure projects in the
city, and to also give the city a handsome portion of tax collected
from legalized marijuana.
"The challenge many of the big city mayors are having is ensuring that
those funds are flowing through the provinces, and getting to
municipalities to support municipal priorities," Bowman said Thursday,
on the sidelines of the Big City Mayors' Caucus in Ottawa.
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In a change from the past, the legislature's general law committee
will hold a public hearing on whether the state should legalize
In a change from the past, the legislature's general law committee
will hold a public hearing on whether the state should legalize
recreational marijuana. (Getty Images)
In a switch from the past, the legislature's general law committee
will hold a public hearing on whether the state should legalize
Traditionally, committees such as public health and judiciary have had
jurisdiction over the issue. But this year, legislators said the issue
is being routed through the general law committee under its new House
co-chairman, Rep. Michael D'Agostino, a Democrat who is running for
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Both the Nova Scotia and federal Liberal governments are blowing the
chance to rectify years of anti-black prejudice with their marijuana
For years, the government's "tough on crime" strategy gave police
officers carte blanche to harass people of colour. Now that the
government has decided to legalize recreational marijuana, they have
no plans to issue pardons for marijuana possession
Thousands of people have been charged with pot possession over the
past decade. Things got so bad under the Harper government that the
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police advocated for ticketing to
replace criminal charges for simple possession.
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Watchdog stands firm on requirement it be notified in cases involving
Ontario's police watchdog is pushing back at chiefs for suggesting
their officers might hesitate to provide the life-saving drug naloxone
out of fear that it could prompt an investigation by the civilian agency.
In a strongly worded letter Thursday, the director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU) said the agency would not back down on its
expectation that it be notified in cases where a civilian is injured
or dies after an officer administers naloxone, a drug that can reverse
the effects of an opioid overdose.
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Decriminalization is the right move , say James Hutt and Emilie
Canada's overdose crisis is getting worse, not better. In 2016, there
were 2,861 opioid-related deaths. Last year, there were more than 4,000.
All of them were preventable.
As the NDP gathers in Ottawa this weekend for its national policy
convention, many hope that this issue will be front and centre. NDP
leader Jagmeet Singh has already indicated that he favours the
decriminalization of all drugs - not because it's the popular but
because it's the right thing to do.
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Thank you, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, for giving me
cover so I don't wind up being painted as the "worst person in the
world," the label Keith Olbermann used on his TV show to hang on
people he didn't like.
I have been silent as the opioid epidemic raged because I had no
clear-cut solution. The debate currently swirls around the idea of
city-approved "safe injection sites," more formally known as CUES --
comprehensive user engagement sites.
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