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CN ON: Column: Here's My Riff On A Whiff Of The Spliff

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 22 Jun 2016 - Stroll Yonge-Dundas Square near my place night or day and you'll confront the hidden horror of legalized pot. Phheww. Not for nothing do they call it "skunk." As our medieval marijuana laws lift, libertarians like me rejoice. Common sense finally wins out. A victimless "crime" is off the books. No harm, no foul. No foul? Take a whiff. My pal Al, passing Roy Thomson Hall en route from a Jays game, wrinkled his nose and remarked: "It's everywhere. My son really hates that smell. What's he going to do when it's legal?" Good question. Unless you have terminal nasal drip, you know the scent. If symphony goers are toking up in public, everyone is.
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CN ON: Wynne Wants Pot Restricted To LCBO

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 22 Jun 2016 - Ensuring recreational marijuana sales are restricted to the LCBO is a key priority for Ontario as the legalization of weed looms, says Premier Kathleen Wynne. Speaking to reporters Tuesday at Queen's Park, Wynne lamented that "we're in a grey area right now," which has enabled more than 100 illegal weed stores to open in Toronto in recent weeks.
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CN ON: Smoking Ban A Budget Burner

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 07:00
Packet & Times, 22 Jun 2016 - By this time next year, it may be a lot harder to smoke just about anywhere in Orillia, but first a significant budgetary hurdle needs to be cleared. Council committee recommended to council Monday night to support, in principle, banning smoking on city-owned and -leased property. That would include all of the property, both indoors and outdoors.
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CN BC: Forfeiture Office Abused Power, Suit Says

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 22 Jun 2016 - A B.C. man who spent years fighting an attempt by the province's Civil Forfeiture Office to seize his home has launched a legal action of his own, accusing the government office of abusing its authority. David Lloydsmith was at his home in Mission, B.C., in October, 2007, when an RCMP officer knocked on the door and said he was responding to a 911 call. Mr. Lloydsmith told the officer he was the only person at the home and had not called 911. The officer asked to enter the residence, a request Mr. Lloydsmith refused. But when he attempted to close the door, the officer barged in and restrained him, a judge later found. A subsequent search turned up marijuana plants, and Mr. Lloydsmith was arrested for production-related offences.
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CN ON: Column: Does The Smell Of Freedom Stink?

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 07:00
Toronto 24hours, 22 Jun 2016 - Stroll Dundas Square near my place night or day and you'll confront the hidden horror of legalized pot. Phheww. Not for nothing do they call it "skunk." As our medieval marijuana laws lift, libertarians like me rejoice. Common sense finally wins out. A victimless "crime" is off the books. No harm, no foul. No foul? Take a whiff. My pal Al, passing Roy Thomson Hall en route from a Jays game, wrinkled his nose and remarked: "It's everywhere. My son really hates that smell. What's he going to do when it's legal?" Good question. Unless you have terminal nasal drip, you know the scent. If symphony goers are toking up in public, everyone is.
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CN MB: Group Aims To Be On Federal Pot-Shop Panel

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 21 Jun 2016 - Bill Blair, the federal government's lead on legalizing marijuana, has been quietly meeting with advocates for the illegal pot shops springing up across the country, hearing their arguments for how regulating the sector could help eliminate the black market. Mr. Blair blasted dispensary operators at a recent conference as reckless profiteers "who don't care about the law, who don't care about regulations, don't care about kids, they don't care about communities, they don't care about health of Canadians." But days later, the Liberal MP and former Toronto Police chief held a series of informal "behind the scenes" talks at the party's convention in Winnipeg, according to Rosy Mondin, a Vancouver lawyer who recently co-founded the non-profit Cannabis Trade Alliance of Canada, which represents legal and illegal marijuana business owners.
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CN ON: Minor Pot Cases Still Going Forward: 'Nobody Knows What's

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 07:00
The Record, 21 Jun 2016 - It would appear no amount of weed is too small for the federal government to prosecute as it works toward legalizing the drug for recreational use. Brandon Richards was pulled over after leaving the parking lot of a Guelph strip club shortly after 1 a.m. in October 2014 for a sobriety check. He passed, but the officer said he detected the odour of marijuana.
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CN ON: Injection Site To Be Secure

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 21 Jun 2016 - Group seeks to address fears as proposal to go to council The group that is proposing to create a supervised injection site in Sandy Hill said it will have security on site to address fears about an increase in drug-related crime - something Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau said is a significant concern.
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CN ON: Column: Strong Opinions On Treatment For Addicts

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 07:00
Packet & Times, 21 Jun 2016 - Eureka! Recently I reported it was impossible to write this column. I had asked readers to respond to how I believe 42,000 addicts on methadone should be treated. Then my computer developed terminal cancer and I thought all your responses had been lost. Fortunately, the "Geek Squad" resurrected them. From a Times Colonist reader, "Your suggestion that sending addicts to northern Canada to chop wood caught my eye. I was impressed by your research. The addicts I have known have no interest in getting off methadone and improving themselves. I say, enough of this nonsense. Why not have them chop wood? We all do some form of work to eat."
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CN ON: Column: Treating 42,000 Addicts

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 07:00
The Sault Star, 21 Jun 2016 - Eureka! Last week I reported it was impossible to write this column. I had asked readers to respond to how I believe 42,000 addicts on methadone should be treated. Then my computer developed terminal cancer and I thought all your responses had been lost. Fortunately, the "Geek Squad" resurrected them. From a Times Colonist reader, "Your suggestion that sending addicts to northern Canada to chop wood caught my eye. I was impressed by your research. The addicts I have known have no interest in getting off methadone and improving themselves. I say, enough of this nonsense. Why not have them chop wood? We all do some form of work to eat."
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CN ON: Safe Injection Sites Probed

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 21 Jun 2016 - Community meeting held Lily Lin doesn't want a safe injection site opening in Queen West. But she says residents are afraid to speak out against them. Lin was among a group of 80 people who went attended the second community consultation meeting on placing a safe injection site in the area.
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CN ON: Column: Ontario Could Play Role In Pot Regulatory Vacuum

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 21 Jun 2016 - There is a hallucinatory quality to the way intoxicating substances are bought and sold in Ontario these days. Choose your alcoholic poison - beer, wine, spirits - mindful that robust government regulation (not to mention revenue) remains on tap.
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CN ON: Injection Sites Must Be Spread Around: Fleury

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 20 Jun 2016 - Councillor ready for site but wants more than one An Ottawa councillor says he welcomes a supervised injection site downtown - but only if there are similar services across the city. On Monday, Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury and five other councillors on the board of health will debate a staff report that recommends opening a supervised injection site in the city.
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CN ON: Trivial Pot Cases Still Prosecuted

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 20 Jun 2016 - It would appear no amount of weed is too small for the federal government to prosecute as it works toward legalizing the drug for recreational use. Brandon Richards was pulled over after leaving the parking lot of a Guelph strip club shortly after 1 a.m. in October 2014 for a sobriety check. He passed, but the officer said he detected the odour of marijuana.
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CN ON: Queen's Park Prepping For Legal Pot

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 06/18/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 18 Jun 2016 - Province starts studying distribution details, as well as how sales would work The Ontario government is quietly gearing up for legalized marijuana sales, the Star has learned. With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set to allow recreational cannabis use as early as next year, Queen's Park has begun work on how distribution and retailing will eventually be handled.
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CN ON: Column: Trudeau's Reform Will Transform Canada

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 06/18/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 18 Jun 2016 - PM Rushing to Force His Vision on Country In the eight months that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has ruled Canada, he has already left an indelible imprint upon this land. With so-called "democratic reform" he aims to make that impression even more evident.
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CN ON: OPED: The Case For Prescription-Only Marijuana

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 17 Jun 2016 - As an epidemiologist and a parent, I am perplexed with the recent momentum toward legalizing marijuana. Of all the arguments I have heard, I have yet to hear any that are compelling enough to remove the drug from prescription status. One argument I have heard is that marijuana is harmless. This argument ignores the fact that numerous studies have reported harm in peer-reviewed academic journals. A summary of the evidence, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2014, concluded, "Marijuana use has been associated with substantial adverse effects, some of which have been determined with a high level of confidence." Some of those effects were addiction to marijuana and other substances, motor vehicle accidents and chronic bronchitis.
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CN BC: New Injunctions Set To Roll On Pot Shops

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 17 Jun 2016 - Marijuana Advocates Rail Against 'Waste of Tax Dollars' Three of the 17 medical marijuana dispensaries named in injunction applications filed by the City of Vancouver last month have voluntarily closed down and more injunctions are coming by the end of the month, according to councillor Kerry Jang.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Pot Clubs Would Bring More Serenity

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 07:00
Victoria Times-Colonist, 16 Jun 2016 - Re: "Decriminalization of pot nixed," June 14. Jody Wilson-Raybould, the federal justice minister and attorney general, would rather give criminal records and punishments to those who smoke pot before it is officially legalized. Her reasons for this are not valid.
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CN BC: Five More City Injection Sites Pitched

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 16 Jun 2016 - Applications being led to help stem drug overdoses Vancouver Coastal Health will soon file applications for five new supervised injection sites in response to the shocking spike in overdose deaths, council heard Wednesday.
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