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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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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 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 AB: Retailers Can't Sell Cannabis And Chips

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:00
Fort McMurray Today, 17 Nov 2017 - Private retailers who want to sell legal marijuana in Alberta come July 1 won't be able to do so alongside alcohol, or even a bag of chips. Under proposed rules introduced by the provincial government Thursday, retailers will be restricted to sales of cannabis and cannabis-related goods.
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CN ON: Pot Dispensary Employee Gets $10 Fine

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:00
The Record, 17 Nov 2017 - KITCHENER - A judge who granted an absolute discharge to a Kitchener couple running an illegal marijuana dispensary has handed out a tiny fine to one of them for careless storage of a loaded handgun. Nour Louka, 30, owned and operated the Waterloo Dispensary, which sold marijuana out of a second-floor business on King Street in uptown Waterloo. Her husband, Shady Louka, 32, was a part-time, temporary employee.
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US MI: You Can Be Fired For Medical Marijuana. Advocates Want That To

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 08:00
Detroit Free Press, 13 Nov 2017 - Can you be fired in Michigan for using medical marijuana? Joseph Casias injured his knee at the Battle Creek Wal-Mart where he worked in 2009. Per company policy, he took a drug test. It came back positive.
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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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US NY: NY Governor Signs Bill To Allow Medical Marijuana For PTSD

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 08:00
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, 11 Nov 2017 - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can legally be treated with medical marijuana. The PTSD bill was part of a package of legislation that Cuomo signed Saturday to mark Veterans Day.
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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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Canada: Plan To Tax Medical Marijuana Spurs Outrage

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 11 Nov 2017 - Advocates say Ottawa's proposed excise levy will simply penalize the sick The federal government has angered proponents of medical cannabis and the opposition by announcing that its planned excise tax on recreational products will also apply to marijuana that is used to treat various illnesses.
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CN ON: A Awaiting A Game For Local Impact Of Pot Legalization

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 08:00
The Beacon Herald, 11 Nov 2017 - Mayor Dan Mathieson said it was to be expected that Stratford wasn't included in the first wave of municipalities chosen by the province to have government-run marijuana outlets by next year. But more information will be needed from upper levels of governments, he added, to determine the real impacts the rollout of the proposed legislation will have in the city and whether not being included in the first wave was a positive or negative development.
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Philippines: When Trump Meets The Philippines' Duterte, 'Drug War'

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov 2017 - In President Rodrigo Duterte's Philippines, the police, with his explicit support, have killed thousands of alleged drug dealers and users without due process, some while they were in jail, or asleep, or at home with their families. They allegedly shot a 17-year-old while he was in custody, then dumped his remains in an alley. The youngest victim was 4. Human rights groups, the U.S. Congress, the European Union and the United Nations have all condemned Duterte's "war on drugs." Yet when President Trump meets Duterte in Manila, it probably won't enter the conversation.
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CN BC: Column: D-E-C-R-I-M-I-N-A-L-I-Z-E

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 08:00
Kamloops This Week, 10 Nov 2017 - A quarter-century ago, Abbotsford had its moment of clarity with respect to drugs and gangs. After repeated denials by the city's municipal police department that gangs were active in the Fraser Valley city, the truth was laid bare when 18-year-old Kirby Martin was shot and killed in a parking lot of a mall along the city's main strip, South Fraser Way.
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CN MB: Budding Opportunity

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 08:00
Winnipeg Sun, 10 Nov 2017 - Legal pot sales could lead to $95M annual profits for province Legal pot sales in Manitoba could raise as much as $95 million a year for government after five years if the province could take over 80% of the black market, according to recent figures released by the Pallister government.
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