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CN ON: Legalized Marijuana Worries Landlords

February 23, 2018 - 3:00am
North Bay Nugget, 23 Feb 2018 - Fifty North Bay and area landlords have revived the Near North Landlords Association in response to the province's new standard lease form, which takes effect in April, and the legalization of marijuana later this year Landlords are concerned that, as of April 1, they won't be able to refuse a tenant who has a dog, explains group member John Wilson of North Bay.

Canada: How Canada's Capital Markets Hinder The Cannabis Industry

February 23, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 23 Feb 2018 - Regulatory upheaval under the Trump administration in the U.S. cannabis industry is providing Canadian companies with the chance to be global leaders. However, disagreement between the different gatekeepers of Ontario's financial markets may squander this opportunity. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice under the Obama administration issued a memorandum indicating it would not enforce federal prohibitions on marijuana in states that authorized its use. This was referred to as the "Cole Memorandum" (after then-deputy attorney-general James Cole). It essentially allowed marijuana producers in certain states to operate their businesses despite the federal laws that technically made the production of marijuana illegal.

CN AB: Cannabis Bylaws To Be Tweaked

February 23, 2018 - 3:00am
Edmonton Sun, 23 Feb 2018 - Much like a self-learning robot that improves with every step, Edmonton city hall hopes to tweak recreational cannabis bylaws now, and after it is legalized. "We're still in a little bit of a state of confusion or complexity as to the way it'll all shake down as far as where can the stores be located," Ward 6 Coun. Scott McKeen said Wednesday. "I suspect we'll continue to struggle with these for a couple of years as we tweak the regulations and make sure we get things right."

CN BC: UBCO Students To Get Bud Covered

February 23, 2018 - 3:00am
The Daily Courier, 23 Feb 2018 - Medical marijuana added to health-insurance plan Medical marijuana will soon be part of health insurance for students at UBC Okanagan. The one-year pilot program will begin in September. University of Waterloo began a similar plan in 2014.

Canada: PUB LTE: Giving Up On Addicts

February 22, 2018 - 3:00am
National Post, 22 Feb 2018 - Re: Opioid vending machines won't help B.C.'s addicts. Jeremy Devine, Feb. 14 This piece, written by my classmate, Jeremy Devine, contains misinformation and stigma. I felt compelled to write a response because his views do not reflect mine or those of many of our fellow medical school classmates at the University of Toronto. The article suggests that British Columbia's harm reduction approach is some ill-conceived mistake that jeopardizes the lives of people who use drugs. In fact, Mr. Devine's ideological stance is not based on evidence, and if enacted, could endanger countless lives.

CN BC: B.C. Estimates $75-Million In Cannabis Taxes In First Full

February 22, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 22 Feb 2018 - LEGALIZATION British Columbia is expecting legalized cannabis to bring in $75-million a year to the province in taxes, with legal sales estimated to be worth a billion dollars. This week's provincial budget estimates that once the drug is legalized later this year, the province will take in $50-million in the current fiscal year and $75-million in 2019-2020, the first full fiscal year under legalization.

CN AB: Council Dials Back Pot Restrictions

February 22, 2018 - 3:00am
Metro, 22 Feb 2018 - A number of on-the-fly changes were proposed Calgary city councillors have proposed a number of relaxations on proposed cannabis retailer rules. On Wednesday, during a council committee, administration presented their land use bylaw rules to ready the city's policies ahead of marijuana legalization. But just like rolling your first joint, the process wasn't easy. The rules will now be smoothed over and sent to an April council meeting before being passed into official law.

CN ON: Ellis Defends New Pot Law

February 22, 2018 - 3:00am
The Intelligencer, 22 Feb 2018 - Liberal MP says he wasn't thrilled about it at first, but changed his views Cannabis was on the menu at the Belleville & District Chamber of Commerce's monthly breakfast Wednesday at the Travelodge Hotel, and Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis was pushing it - from a business point of view.

CN BC: Local Governments Can Say Yea Or Nay To Marijuana Stores

February 22, 2018 - 3:00am
Oliver Chronicle, 22 Feb 2018 - As the B.C. government sets policy on the legalization of marijuana, the towns of Oliver and Osoyoos are still wondering what that will look like. Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes said his council has to have a formal discussion on the topic.

CN ON: Amade In Brantforda Solution Sought For Legal Cannabis

February 21, 2018 - 3:00am
The Expositor, 21 Feb 2018 - City officials are looking for input as they deal with the ramifications of legalized recreational marijuana. "There are a lot of questions, a lot of unknowns and I think it's important that we try to come up with a 'made in Brantford' solution to some of these issues," Mayor Chris Friel said Tuesday.

CN AB: Editorial: No Need To Rush To Pot

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Edmonton Sun, 20 Feb 2018 - Ontario Senator Tony Dean, sponsor of the Trudeau Liberals' pot bill in the Upper Chamber, is upset that Canadians will not be able to legally light up their spliffs until long after Canada Day. He says time is of the essence, and that the government does not have the luxury of biding it.

CN AB: Medical Marijuana Users Wait For Coverage

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Metro, 20 Feb 2018 - Patients still struggling to get covered by insurance plans As Alberta moves forward on retail applications for recreational marijuana, those who use the drug for medical reasons still wait for coverage.

CN BC: Driving High On B.C. Highways

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Metro, 20 Feb 2018 - As legalization looms, experts say we're not road safe yet As Canada readies to legalize pot this summer, experts including an ex-traffic cop warn we're still stumped about stopping stoned drivers from hitting B.C.'S streets.

CN ON: LTE: Canada Will Change With Pot Laws

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
The Intelligencer, 20 Feb 2018 - (Re: New guideline recommends doctors avoid prescribing medical marijuana for most conditions, Feb. 15) The British have just issued the same guideline raising the question why there was not public education on the serious dangers to health before the Trudeau government fast-tracked legalizing marijuana. Besides causing serious damage to young developing brains, using pot can also lead to very aggressive behaviour is some people. The bottom line is very little is known about the long-term health effects of the 80 cannabinoids contained in marijuana. One thing we do know from the experiences in Colorado and Washington states, after legalization, is there will likely be more impaired drivers on our highways leading to more road deaths and young people will gain access to the drug with dire consequences.

CN MB: Unchartered Territory

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Sun, 20 Feb 2018 - Pallister government not budgeting for pot tax revenue this year If the Pallister government projects a reduced deficit in the 2018 provincial budget, it won't be because of a new pot tax. The Winnipeg Sun has learned that next month's budget will not include a revenue line from marijuana sales, even though legalized pot is expected to go on sale sometime later this year.

CN BC: LTE: Anti-Pot Champion Needed

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
The Province, 20 Feb 2018 - I firmly believe that most Canadians don't want recreational marijuana legalized, and that there is still time to stop it. The basic threat to the Liberal party is anti-marijuana voters who will get their attention in the election coming up next year.

CN AB: Editorial: Alberta Cannabis Retail Rules Show Sense

February 18, 2018 - 3:00am
The Calgary Sun, 18 Feb 2018 - The Notley government rolled out more of its marijuana retail regulations on Friday and, we must say, they continue to stay ahead of other provinces. The only way this year's legalization of bud is going to work is if obtaining legit weed is reasonably close in convenience and price to buying the illegal stuff. The Alberta NDP government seems to be making a reasonable stab at doing just that.

CN ON: Cops Concerned Over Costs Of Legal Pot

February 17, 2018 - 3:00am
Standard Freeholder, 17 Feb 2018 - Dealing with the impact of marijuana legalization is expected to be one of the year's biggest challenges for the Cornwall Community Police Service, according to Chief-designate Danny Aikman. "Obviously there is a lot of attention being paid the legalization of marijuana and the impact that will have on municipalities as well as police forces," he said.

CN MB: Groups Feel Left Out Of The Weed Party

February 17, 2018 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Sun, 17 Feb 2018 - A few groups feel they were overlooked in the competition to sell legal pot in Manitoba, including some small business owners. Rick Macl, owner of the Brandon shop Growers 'n Smokers, said he partnered with another business to submit a proposal.

CN ON: PUB LTE: We Don't Need More Pot Research

February 17, 2018 - 3:00am
Hamilton Spectator, 17 Feb 2018 - RE: MARIJUANA Can we please stop with the "more" research on marijuana? The only research that is needed is to determine how much good it can do medically. Everyone knows why it was banned decades ago - so they could sell more pills. There is not one recorded death due to overdose, no one has ever gotten stoned and gone on a killing spree, no one has ever smoked pot and driven 150 km/h on the highway. Just recently we are finding out about CBD's helping people with Parkinsons, arthritis, and seizures.