Prince George Citizen, 03 Mar 2017 - ESQUIMALT - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says regulating the sale of marijuana will protect young people and take money away from criminal gangs, but the government is drawing the line at pot when it comes to legalizing illicit drugs. The federal government's approach on marijuana has two goals, Trudeau said Thursday during a visit to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in the Victoria area.
Globe and Mail, 03 Mar 2017 - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is rejecting recommendations from British Columbia's top health officials to widen the scope of his government's decriminalization agenda beyond marijuana to help stem the country's growing opioid crisis. Mr. Trudeau will meet Friday with health experts in Vancouver to discuss Canada's response to the rising toll of overdose deaths, the latest in a series of meetings where he has engaged with British Columbians on the front lines of the deadly opioid battle.
London Free Press, 03 Mar 2017 - Police raid five marijuana dispensaries just two days after MP and former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, Ottawa's point man on pot policies, visited London. 'I think it's a waste of resources,' said one witness to the swoop. After months of turning a blind eye, London police cracked down on illegal pot shops Thursday in co-ordinated raids on five dispensaries that left marijuana activists crying foul and questioning the timing.
Nelson Star, 03 Mar 2017 - It's an elephant tranquilizer, and it can kill you. The Nelson Police Department recently busted a man for possession, and after sending away his faux oxycodone tablets to Health Canada they were informed the batch contained carfentanil.
Brant News, 02 Mar 2017 - Marijuana dispensary determined to make pot accessible, regardless of response of law enforcement "We have nothing to hide," Cannabis Culture employee Mat Ferguson said about 30 minutes before Brantford police officers raided the facility for a second time in as many days.
The Expositor, 25 Feb 2017 - Brantford police have shut down the Cannabis Culture store for the second time in less than a week. Members of the police street crime unit executed a search warrant at the Colborne Street West business on Friday less than an hour after local media had visited the store to interview employees.
Winnipeg Free Press, 24 Feb 2017 - OTTAWA - Expert testimony can be admitted in drugged-driving trials without preliminary examination of evidence, the Supreme Court said Thursday in a decision that could expedite the judicial process in the legalized-marijuana era. The 5-2 court decision on the case of an Ottawa motorist comes as the federal Liberal government prepares to introduce long-promised legislation to legalize the recreational use of pot.
The Observer, 24 Feb 2017 - Friday mornings in the office tend to be a little bit slower, so we end up discussing a wide variety of topics. One topic of discussion, which was addressed were thoughts surrounding the legalization of marijuana. The Liberals ran on a platform, which stated they would pursue this legalization. Although it hasn't been a priority in government, I do feel that it is something that would generate revenue for the government. Much like the Government of Saskatchewan has a liquor tax, the Government of Canada could impose one on marijuana sales.
Goldstream Gazette, 24 Feb 2017 - The saga of the Green Tree marijuana dispensary, the West Shore RCMP and the City of Langford is a microcosm of the Wild West cannabis policy (or lack thereof) which has caused confusion all over Vancouver Island. Consider what has happened in this tale so far: Green Tree opened its doors in January in Langford, only to get shut down the next day by the RCMP. Only a few weeks later it is back open for business, much to the consternation of the City of Langford, which refuses to issue a business licence. A few days later, the West Shore RCMP move in to shut it down again, this time arresting two people and seizing marijuana on the premises.
Goldstream Gazette, 24 Feb 2017 - Another arrest made Wednesday, City continues to issue bylaw violation tickets The saga of the Green Tree Medical Dispensary continues in Langford. A staff member at the marijuana retailer was arrested Wednesday afternoon, a day after the shop reopened again. Two arrests were made Feb. 15 after West Shore RCMP executed a search warrant on the premises.
Winnipeg Free Press, 24 Feb 2017 - TORONTO - The number of Canadians registered to purchase medical marijuana from licensed producers has exploded since the federal commercial-access program was introduced almost four years ago, reaching nearly 130,000 by the end of last year, the most recent Heath Canada figures show. As of Dec. 31, 129,876 Canadians had signed up with the country's cannabis producers, a 32 per cent jump from the 98,460 registered at the end of September and a whopping 1,544 per cent increase from the 7,900 granted access to medicinal cannabis in mid 2014.
Prince George Citizen, 24 Feb 2017 - TORONTO - The number of Canadians registered to purchase medical marijuana from licensed producers has exploded since the federal commercial-access program was introduced almost four years ago, reaching nearly 130,000 by the end of last year, the most recent Heath Canada figures show. As of Dec. 31, 129,876 Canadians had signed up with the country's cannabis producers, a 32 per cent jump from the 98,460 registered at the end of September and a whopping 1,544 per cent increase from the 7,900 granted access to medicinal cannabis in mid-2014.
Globe and Mail, 24 Feb 2017 - The Supreme Court has ruled that specifically trained officers can be experts in drugged-driving trials Police officers trained to recognize if drivers are high can be treated as experts in drugged driving trials without a preliminary examination of the evidence, the Supreme Court has ruled in a decision that could help expedite such prosecutions once marijuana is eventually legalized.
Brant News, 23 Feb 2017 - Cannabis activist Marc Emery opens marijuana dispensary in city, police shut it down days later While his wife Jodie Emery was at Parliament Hill in Ottawa lobbying in defence of marijuana dispensaries, Canada's best-known pot activist Marc Emery - also known as the Prince of Pot - was in Brantford protesting the shutdown of Cannabis Culture on Colborne Street West by Brantford police.
The Expositor, 23 Feb 2017 - Cannabis Culture outlet had opened on Colborne Street West on Sunday The legalized pot debate erupted in Brantford on Wednesday after the arrest of the owner of the newly opened Cannabis Culture store on Colborne Street West.
Penticton Herald, 20 Feb 2017 - Penticton's mayor is applauding a recent B.C. Supreme Court decision that ruled local governments do indeed have the right to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. "The judge clearly stated that even though the use of marijuana is federally regulated, the federal law does not authorize access to medical marijuana from dispensaries and municipalities are not precluded from putting in regulations to control them," Andrew Jakubeit said in a statement. "This decision is welcomed as it provides further clarity on our rights and obligations to control dispensaries and gives added strength to our enforcement policy."
Lethbridge Herald, 18 Feb 2017 - POLICE WELCOMES TRAINING FOR OFFICERS TO ADMINISTER NALOXONE When it comes to fighting the illegal drug trade, fentanyl knows no borders. Overdose deaths attributed to the illicit opioid are skyrocketing each year in cities, towns and on reserves in Alberta.
Hamilton Spectator, 17 Feb 2017 - A 28-year-old man is facing drug trafficking charges after police raided his east-end Hamilton medical marijuana dispensary Tuesday. Officers from Hamilton police's vice and drugs unit executed a search warrant at MMJ Canada - located at 146 Ottawa St. N. - around 1 p.m. and said they found about $100,000 worth of marijuana and marijuana products, including edibles.
Toronto Star, 17 Feb 2017 - Sick Kids' flawed Motherisk hair tests have shattered many lives, but the case of a 10-year-old girl torn from her mother and left in 'legal limbo' for almost half her life was shocking even to the judge who heard the case. In his ruling, he delivered a searing indictment of a broken system and apologized for a 'perfect storm' of errors and incompetence that has left . . . A 10-year-old girl has been in "legal limbo" for nearly half her life after she was "wrongly apprehended" from her mother who had failed a flawed drug test.
Nanaimo News Bulletin, 16 Feb 2017 - Police cite parents' concerns over health and safety Nanaimo Mounties have closed a marijuana dispensary that opened next door to a children's daycare centre. Leaf Labs Medical Cannabis Services, at 679 Terminal Ave., was shut down Monday, three days after it opened, when police checked the business and allegedly observed evidence they believe contravened Canada's Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.