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CN ON: Ontario Late On Warning Teens About Marijuana

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 18 Nov 2017 - With legalization looming, doctors say province not ready to handle risks Ontario is slow to launch a public education campaign warning parents about the dangers of marijuana to children, which include the risk associated with second-hand pot smoke, the Pediatricians Alliance of Ontario warned Friday.
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CN AB: PUB LTE: Where's The Buzz?

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 08:00
Edmonton Sun, 18 Nov 2017 - On the street, a dealer selling pot at $10 per gram better deliver the goods - high THC content sufficient to get a good buzz - or clientele will go elsewhere. Word gets around fast. Similarly, if the provincial government doesn't deliver the goods, plans to reap millions in taxes from selling pot will go up in smoke. The government hasn't said a word about the THC content in its pot and journalists have been remiss in not asking this, the most important question. If the THC content is the same as or close to the content found in medical marijuana, there most certainly will not be a buzz. And that's the main reason for smoking a joint. Neighbourhood dealers may have nothing to fear.
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CN SN: A Little Pot On The Prairies

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 08:00
Moose Jaw Times-Herald, 18 Nov 2017 - Saskatchewan Government looking to privatize marijuana Saskatchewan's government is not interested in operating pot shops. Instead, they want to concentrate on regulating the product.
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CN AB: Column: Alberta Pot Rules Largely Workable

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 08:00
The Calgary Sun, 18 Nov 2017 - The Alberta government's proposed rules for selling legal marijuana are a bit fuddy-duddy. For the most part, they're pretty good. Private retailers will handle in-person sales; unionized government workers will be in charge of online purchases. (Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery).
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Canada: Clearing The Air On Cannabis

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 08:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 18 Nov 2017 - THE flurry of news articles on the upcoming legalization of cannabis is everywhere, and seems to be creating substantial fear among most employers. Much of this fear, of course, is about having to deal with the unknown. For instance, will recreational cannabis use increase among employees and how will this impact the workplace? What about medical marijuana? Are employers ready for this new challenge? Will current policies stand the test against cannabis?
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CN AB: High Hopes

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:00
The Calgary Sun, 17 Nov 2017 - Alberta won't limit the number of private cannabis stores once retail sales are legalized next July, according to new details released Thursday by the NDP government. The province confirmed that it will look to private retailers to sell legal weed from brick-and-mortar storefronts, instead of government-run outlets chosen by several other provinces, such as Ontario and Quebec.
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CN AB: Editorial: Govern Your Own Pot Behaviour

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:00
The Calgary Sun, 17 Nov 2017 - Be smart. Not stupid. As we travel down the road to pot legalization in Canada, provincial governments across the country are scrambling to update a number of laws, including impaired driving rules.
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CN AB: Column: Uptight Not All Right

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:00
Edmonton Sun, 17 Nov 2017 - Pot rules largely workable but ban on weed sales at liquor stores makes no sense The Alberta government's proposed rules for selling legal marijuana are a bit fuddy-duddy. For the most part, they're pretty good. Private retailers will handle in-person sales; unionized government workers will be in charge of online purchases. (Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery).
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CN QU: Quebec Petitions Ottawa For Pot Law Extension

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 16 Nov 2017 - Quebec is asking Ottawa for more time to set up an orderly transition to legal recreational marijuana - 24 hours before the province is expected to roll out a framework for sale and use of the drug. The Quebec National Assembly adopted a motion Wednesday seeking an extra year from the Trudeau government beyond July 1, 2018, when marijuana is set to become legal.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Dispensaries Necessary

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:00
The Daily Courier, 15 Nov 2017 - Dear editor: On Oct. 19, I was saddened and outraged while viewing Global Okanagan's interview with West Kelowna city councillor, Rusty Ensign, regarding the pulling of business licences of the city's medical cannabis dispensaries. Last week, I attended one of West Kelowna's cannabis dispensaries to purchase some edible products which help to control my pain and allow me to get some quality sleep, and, contrary to Ensign's claims that such stores service 20-30-year-old males, there were none in the shop, only three other ladies, of which only one was under the age of 65.
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Canada: Editorial: Legal, But Not If You're At The Wheel

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 15 Nov 2017 - The busywork of readying the country for legalized cannabis continues apace, and Ottawa has gotten around to mapping out the murky territory that is stoned driving. Proposed legislative changes would create a two-tiered approach to setting the maximum amount of THC, cannabis's main psychoactive element, allowable in drivers' blood. Motorists measured with two to five nanograms of THC per millilitre of blood within two hours of being stopped would be subjected to a fine; those above would be treated criminally, mirroring the way many provinces deal with alcohol and driving.
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CN ON: Where Do We Put The Pot Shop?

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:00
The Record, 15 Nov 2017 - City and province meet to talk about locating new marijuana dispensary KITCHENER - The province had its first meeting with Kitchener municipal staff since announcing earlier this month that the city would be home to one of the first government-run pot shops to open in Ontario by July.
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CN AB: Alberta Introducing Rules To Align With Federal Pot

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:00
Lethbridge Herald, 15 Nov 2017 - Marijuana to be legal across Canada July 1 Alberta is putting the legislative pieces in place for legalized marijuana, starting with changes to align its rules with pending Criminal Code amendments.
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CN ON: Column: Weed Report: Julian Fantino Sings The Praises Of

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:00
Toronto 24hours, 15 Nov 2017 - One was the chief of police for Toronto, London, York Region and the OPP. The other spent 34 years putting away bad guys as a member of the RCMP, retiring as deputy commissioner of Federal and International Policing.
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CN ON: Column: What Happened To Health And Safety?

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:00
The Record, 15 Nov 2017 - Liberals ignoring concerns about decriminalizing pot On April 13, the Liberal government introduced legislation that would allow for the recreational use of marijuana for Canadians over the age of 18, and eliminate penalties for possession of marijuana (up to five grams) for those between the ages of 12 and 18.
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CN ON: Editorial: Drug Dealer Earned Stiff Sentence

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:00
The Record, 15 Nov 2017 - There are two things to be said about the 11-year-prison sentence handed out last week to Kitchener fentanyl dealer Erin Vezina. First, it is as hard as nails; indeed it's the most severe punishment involving a fentanyl-related crime ever handed out in Waterloo Region. Second, this is what real justice looks like. Bravo, Justice Melanie Sopinka, for your wise decision. In only a few years, the abuse of illicit opioids, especially fentanyl, has exploded into a national crisis that is believed to have claimed 2,458 lives across Canada in 2016 alone.
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CN ON: CKPS Putting Drone To Good Use

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:00
The Chatham Daily News, 15 Nov 2017 - Report looks at return on investment for technology The use of a drone has provided some cost savings for the Chatham-Kent Police Service, but that wasn't the purpose for obtaining the technology, says Chief Gary Conn.
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CN BC: Schools Tackle Drug Use

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 08:00
The Morning Star, 12 Nov 2017 - The Vernon School District is taking a proactive approach to battling the opioid crisis. Rather than waiting for drug problems to develop, school counsellors, backed by the district, are tackling potential problems before they materialize through a new program.
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CN ON: Wynne Down On Ottawa's Marijuana Tax Proposals

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 11 Nov 2017 - $1 per gram plan revealed, but premier says provinces will carry an unfair burden OTTAWA- The federal government formally rolled out details Friday of its tax plan for legalized marijuana, proposing a combined federal-provincial excise tax capped at 10 per cent, or $1 per gram, with the revenue haul split equally with provinces.
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CN AB: Alberta To Fight Ottawa's Cannabis-Tax 'Clawback'

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 11 Nov 2017 - Alberta will introduce legislation as soon as next week to allow the establishment of private cannabis stores, and will also launch a battle with Ottawa over how to split the tax revenue from the drug sales. Late Friday, Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci held a news conference to slam the federal government's proposal that Ottawa get 50 per cent of the excise tax on marijuana products. The provinces and territories would receive the other half.
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