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CN PI: A Taxing Issue

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 08:00
The Journal-Pioneer, 24 Nov 2017 - Trudeau still "working with provinces" on legal pot Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is still working with the provinces when it comes to how legal marijuana administration costs will be funded.
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CN PI: LTE: Legalizing Drug Poses Problems

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 08:00
The Guardian, 24 Nov 2017 - I am writing in response to the upcoming legalization of marijuana across Canada. As a young adult who will experience the impact of this major decision, I do not agree and I hope the government comes to the realization that this will ruin lives.
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CN BC: Feds Seek Input On Pot Regulations

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 08:00
North Shore News, 24 Nov 2017 - North Shore residents should be able to buy marijuana in either private or government-run outlets, similar to liquor stores, but there should be strict regulations banning youth under 19 from accessing weed and roadside suspensions for drivers impaired by pot. Local municipalities also want a cut of marijuana revenues to help with enforcement of the rules and a say about where pot shops are set up.
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CN BC: Marijuana Dispensaries Not Welcome In DNV

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 08:00
North Shore News, 24 Nov 2017 - The District of North Vancouver is going to fight another pot shop in the courts. The municipality filed court documents Nov. 15 in B.C. Supreme Court, asking for an order that the owners of Medicinal Mary Jane Iprio Inc. operating at 1488 Pemberton Ave. stop selling marijuana and marijuana products, in contravention of local bylaws.
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CN ON: Sign Stirs The Pot

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 08:00
Toronto Sun, 23 Nov 2017 - Group wants billboard near kids' music school taken down Should a billboard claiming that marijuana legalization isn't harmful be hanging over a kids' music school in North York? That's the question being posed by Prevent, Don't Promote, an organization opposed to the legalization of marijuana in Canada.
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CN ON: LTE: First Tobacco, Now Pot

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 08:00
The Record, 23 Nov 2017 - Re: Hazards of cannabis - Nov. 11 Thanks to Ron Wagner for his informative letter regarding marijuana. We taxpayers have spent billions of dollars through the government ads regarding the dangers of smoking. I have lost two members of my family to lung cancer, both heavy smokers of filter-tip cigarettes. The advertising has worked and very few cigarette butts litter our streets. However, when money is spent foolishly, a source of income must be found. The sale of marijuana will help.
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CN BC: Man Acquitted After Judge Throws Out Evidence He Had A

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 08:00
Vancouver 24hours, 23 Nov 2017 - A man has been acquitted after evidence that he had checked in a suitcase containing a large quantity of drugs at Vancouver International Airport was thrown out of court. David Edward Herman checked in two pieces of luggage when he arrived at the airport for a flight to Toronto on March 17, 2013.
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CN AB: LTE: Why The Rush To Legalize Marijuana?

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 08:00
Medicine Hat News, 21 Nov 2017 - Why is the federal government in such a hurry to pass its marijuana legalization legislation when there are still so many questions and so few answers? Just last week, the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police said that the legislation is coming too fast, stating that, "There is insufficient time to prepare the necessary legislative framework and regulations to ensure the public safety." The Canadian Association of Police Chiefs warned that it will be "impossible" to be ready for the government's target of legalizing marijuana by July 2018. Do these things not matter?
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CN BC: Column: Smoking Pot Hard On Health

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 08:00
Prince George Citizen, 21 Nov 2017 - On a flight home last week, I was having a conversation about the introduction of Bill C-45 or the "Cannabis Act." The person I was talking to is working with local governments to sort out the multitude of bylaws and regulations which will be necessitated by the legislation. Different municipalities are taking varying approaches and have disparate points of view on the whole issue. After all, not everyone is in favour of legalizing marijuana nor sure what exactly that means.
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CN AB: LTE: Why The Rush To Legalize Pot?

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 08:00
Edmonton Journal, 21 Nov 2017 - Why is the federal government in such a hurry to pass marijuana legalization legislation when there are still so many questions? The Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police said the legislation is coming too fast, stating, "there is insufficient time to prepare the necessary legislative framework and regulations to ensure the public safety." Do these things not matter?
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Canada: Column: Which Provincial Pot Approach Is Best?

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 21 Nov 2017 - Alberta and Quebec recently unveiled their strategies for the commercialization of legal marijuana The socialist NDP is embracing the free market, while the freemarket Liberals seem to prefer the old-style state monopoly.
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CN ON: Column: Ex-Cops Cashing In On New Pot Laws Upholds Old Powers

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 08:00
Metro, 20 Nov 2017 - Known for his mishandling of Veterans A airs, corruption scandals within his constabulary and, shall we say, colourful comments on race and marijuana, former Toronto and Ontario police chief Julian Fantino is launching a pot business with a former RCMP senior leader. It has rightly been met with outcry. It exposes not only his personal hypocrisies but also those of the pot legalization process.
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CN ON: Obstacles Are Hindering First Nation's Drug Fight

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 08:00
Northern News, 20 Nov 2017 - The chief of Attawapiskat First Nation has solutions for the illegal drug trade in his community - but he's coming up against "frustrating " roadblocks. Ignace Gull said Thursday that Attawapiskat is dealing with Canada Post, the Northwest Company and the Ministry of Transport (which owns the airport) to stop the flow of drugs.
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CN MB: LTE: Dangers Of Pot Forgotten

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 08:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 20 Nov 2017 - There seems to be a general euphoria with the upcoming legalization of marijuana while, at the same time, there is silence from the majority who oppose legalization. Perhaps one should look at why marijuana was made illegal in the first place. For many, it was a case of "We have enough problems with alcohol. If marijuana is legalized, we'll have twice as many drug problems."
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CN AB: LTE: Feds Need To Chill On Cannabis Laws

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 08:00
Calgary Herald, 20 Nov 2017 - Why is the federal government in such a hurry to pass its marijuana legalization when there are still so many questions and so few answers? Just this week, the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police said the legislation is coming too fast, stating, "There is insufficient time to prepare the necessary legislative framework and regulations to ensure the public safety."
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CN AB: Editorial: Alberta Pot Rules Reasonable, If Uptight

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 08:00
The Calgary Sun, 19 Nov 2017 - The rules governing legal marijuana sales in Alberta, released by the NDP government on Thursday, are a bit uptight. Really!? Licensed pot dispensaries won't be able to sell customers tortilla chips at the same time they sell them a 4g bag of Purple Kush or Grape Ape or Bubba Rockstar? Do the NDP truly believe that consumption of Doritos leads to overdosing on weed use rather than the other way around?
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CN ON: Reefer Madness?

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 18 Nov 2017 - Judge blasts Ottawa cops for arresting 'budtenders' while pot shops flourish An Ottawa judge has blasted the police force for failing to shut down the city's illegal marijuana dispensaries. Justice Norman Boxall said Friday he cannot understand why it's so difficult to close shops that operate openly on major streets.
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Canada: OPED: Cannabis Is Canada's Moment To Lead

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 18 Nov 2017 - Sometimes it takes someone from outside Canada to make us realize what a great thing we have going. A few years ago, a Brazilian investment firm, 3G Capital, bought Canadian coffee icon Tim Hortons. In 1995, Labatt Brewery was swallowed up by Interbrew from Belgium, which was in turn merged with AmBev, also from Brazil. Richard Baker, an American, saw the potential in Hudson's Bay Co., which was struggling at the time, and paid more than $1.1-billion in 2008 for the 80 per cent of the chain that he didn't own (although his stake has since been reduced). While much has been written about the varying degrees of success each of these deals has had, one thing is clear: The buyers saw Canada and Canadian companies as worth investing in.
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Canada: Provinces Eye The Digital Future Of Cannabis Sales

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 18 Nov 2017 - As Canada moves toward marijuana legalization, officials in Vancouver and across the country are looking for ways to bring in black-market customers, and for some, that means offering the option to shop from the comfort of their homes A small, nondescript parcel arrives at the doorstep of Candice Beyer's Edmonton home every couple of months. She signs for the delivery, then quickly and quietly squirrels the shrink-wrapped, odourless package away in a secret drawer.
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CN SN: LTE: Rogue Nations Need Not Apply

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 08:00
The StarPhoenix, 18 Nov 2017 - In 2016, the world drug prevention community met at UNGASS in New York to reconfirm their commitment and ratification of the long-standing drug conventions. I was in the General Assembly when the minister of health for the Government of Canada stood to announce Canada's plan to introduce legislation to legalize marijuana in the spring of 2017. I can report that the world was less than pleased. Canada's move to legalization will take our country offside of these global agreements and out of step with our international partners.
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