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CN ON: Councillor Wants Numbers On Cost Of Pot Legalization For City

January 3, 2018 - 3:00am
Hamilton Spectator, 03 Jan 2018 - Coun. Sam Merulla wants to head off new local taxpayer costs to cover increased bylaw and policing enforcement - and public health services - - from legalized pot well before legalization happens this summer. "Fifty per cent of what we tax for now has nothing to do with city council," he said, adding that much of it is a result of services once funded by the province being downloaded onto municipalities.

CN AB: PUB LTE: Nothing To Fear From Legal Pot

January 3, 2018 - 3:00am
Calgary Herald, 03 Jan 2018 - Re: "Pot's harm exceeds value of tax revenue," Letter, Dec. 29. The letter writer's opinion could not be further off the mark. Legalization has nothing to do with a legacy for the prime minister. It is about fulfilling a campaign promise (finally) and growing scientific data.

Canada: Column: Burning Lessons From California's Lead In Cannabis

January 3, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 03 Jan 2018 - The most important lessons Canada can take from California revolve around how to cater to consumers of cannabis. On New Year's Eve, some Californians raised flaming joints in lieu of the traditional champagne toast - a fitting gesture given that Jan. 1 marked the launch of the world's largest legal commercial market for cannabis.

Canada: Majority Of Canadians Are Against Legalizing Pot By July 1

January 3, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 03 Jan 2018 - Nanos finds only 43 per cent of respondents in favour of current deadline, with many critics wanting more time for cities and police to prepare A majority of Canadians are in no hurry to see the legalization of recreational cannabis by Canada Day, a new poll has found.

CN NS: Truro Medical Marijuana Grow Operation Also To Serve As

January 3, 2018 - 3:00am
Truro Daily News, 03 Jan 2018 - Today begins a series on Nova Scotia business people who are looking to become involved in the marijuana industry that will soon be sweeping the entire country. This is the first in a series of stories focusing on people in Nova Scotia who will be delving into the marijuana industry. From a business perspective, it seemed like a no-brainer.

CN ON: LTE: Stoned Driving A Real Threat To The Public

January 3, 2018 - 3:00am
Standard Freeholder, 03 Jan 2018 - Police in Kingston found a driver sleeping with drugs. This may well be an indication of what we can expect when marijuana becomes legal next summer and should trouble everyone, especially the police. Since pot was legalized in Colorado and Washington states the number of road deaths have doubled.

Canada: Ottawa Targets Black A And Grey A Markets With Legal Cannabis

January 2, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 02 Jan 2018 - The legalization of cannabis in coming months will offer a clear opportunity for provinces to shut down the black market for the drug and put an end to any notion there are still "grey" areas in Canadian law, top Liberal officials said. In a joint interview, federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor and her parliamentary secretary, former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, said the new regime for legal marijuana will vary by province, as different rules are being put in place for distribution and retail.

Canada: Cannabis Growers Face Hefty Pesticide Fines

January 1, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 01 Jan 2018 - Licensed marijuana producers caught using banned chemicals could pay up to $1-million Federally regulated marijuana companies caught using banned pesticides that put consumers' health at risk will now face fines of up to $1-million per violation, The Globe and Mail has learned.

CN AB: LTE: Pot's Harm Exceeds Value Of Tax Revenue

December 29, 2017 - 3:00am
Calgary Herald, 29 Dec 2017 - Re: "Why the big rush to legalize pot?," Letter, Dec. 23. Mike Priaro has it right. We must look in the direction of Colorado in the U.S. They were a vanguard state in the legalization of marijuana.

Canada: LTE: Knowing The Risks Of Smoking Pot

December 29, 2017 - 3:00am
National Post, 29 Dec 2017 - Re: Half of all pot users shrug off driving risk; Survey. Maura Forrest, Dec. 20 Canadians need to be surveyed on far more marijuana harms than just the risk of driving impaired. Health Canada has identified conditions for which the use of marijuana is strictly contraindicated. Our country's health watchdog advises men to avoid the use of marijuana if they want to start a family.

Canada: LTE: One Problem At A Time

December 29, 2017 - 3:00am
National Post, 29 Dec 2017 - Re: Pot plan another Liberal mess. Kelly McParland, Dec. 21. How can the Liberal government regulate marijuana once it is legalized, if they can't seem to tackle the even bigger issue of contraband tobacco in Canada?

CN PI: LTE: Legalizing Pot A Terrible Idea

December 29, 2017 - 3:00am
The Guardian, 29 Dec 2017 - Legalizing a drug like marijuana will not stop young people from using it, it will increase consumption. Kevin Page, the Parliamentary budget officer, estimates 600,000 new users will start using marijuana if it becomes legal in Canada.

CN ON: County Has Questions About Pot Legalization

December 29, 2017 - 3:00am
The Daily Observer, 29 Dec 2017 - Renfrew County councillors have more questions than answers when it comes to the impending legalization of marijuana by both the federal and provincial Liberal governments. Earlier this month, legislation giving the provincial Liberals a monopoly on recreational marijuana sales in Ontario passed at Queen's Park. The bill creates a provincial agency that will distribute and retail pot through storefronts and online. It also creates stiff fines that could top $1 million against companies and people who sell marijuana in defiance of the government monopoly.

CN NS: Local Dispenser Foresees Growing Demand

December 29, 2017 - 3:00am
The News, 29 Dec 2017 - Legalization of marijuana was a long time coming, but Carl Morgan believes the future is bright for selling the product in Nova Scotia. Morgan is currently the owner of two medical marijuana dispensaries - Scotia Green Inc. on East River Road in New Glasgow and one on Spring Garden Road in Halifax.

CN MB: 'It Could Happen To Any Of Them'

December 29, 2017 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Free Press, 29 Dec 2017 - Grieving father warns kids about dangers of drugs after son's death SMOKE from a smudging stick and the warm breath of friends and family of Jeremy Hobson filled the front yard of the house where the 21-year-old accidentally overdosed and died on the weekend, during a ceremony held Thursday.

CN ON: Pot Prices Cause Concern

December 28, 2017 - 3:00am
The Telegram, 28 Dec 2017 - Medical users fear legalized recreational marijuana may leave them behind in puff of smoke For Mandy Mcknight, the benefits of cannabis oil to treat her son Liam's debilitating seizures seem almost miraculous - the nine-year-old has gone from being wracked daily by dozens of the life-threatening episodes to having days when he experiences none.

CN ON: Column: Teenaged Son Refuses To Give Up His Daily Pot Habit

December 26, 2017 - 3:00am
Hamilton Spectator, 26 Dec 2017 - TEENAGED SON REFUSES TO GIVE UP HIS DAILY POT HABIT Q: Our 16-year-old son smokes dope daily. We see his grades slipping from last year. He keeps talking about it being legalized and therefore not harmful. How do we get him to understand that he still shouldn't be smoking?

CN BC: Cities Bracing For Weed Legalization

December 26, 2017 - 3:00am
Metro, 26 Dec 2017 - Feds have promised a deadline of July 1, 2018 The day marijuana advocates and enthusiasts have long been waiting for what will come in 2018 - recreational marijuana will be legalized on Canada Day.

CN NF: LTE: Mr. Trudeau, Weare Just Not Ready

December 25, 2017 - 3:00am
The Aurora, 25 Dec 2017 - During his election campaign, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to legalize marijuana if we chose him as our leader. That day is near, and marijuana might be legalized on Canada Day 2018. Such a decision should not be taken lightly. Our country is not ready for this change. To clarify, I don't want to come across as cynical. I know that medical marijuana has its place in treating patients with chronic or terminal illness. I also don't agree with throwing people in jail for carrying small amounts for personal use. I see this as a waste of time, money and resources. At the same time, however, I don't think that the legalization of marijuana is what our country needs. And I certainly don't think it will make our country healthier, happier or safer. The decision to legalize marijuana has implications for health, society and our youth.

Canada: Senators Tackle Legal Pot Bill

December 24, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Sun, 24 Dec 2017 - Senator Tony Dean is quarterbacking the challenging, complicated marijuana bill come Jan. 31, 2018, when his fellow Senators get back to their posts. But he has already armed his colleagues for informed debate amongst the 38 fellow Independent senators, 34 Tories and 15 Liberals.