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CN AB: LTE: Feds Need To Chill On Cannabis Laws

November 20, 2017 - 3:00am
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."

CN ON: Reefer Madness?

November 18, 2017 - 3:00am
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.

CN SN: LTE: Rogue Nations Need Not Apply

November 18, 2017 - 3:00am
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.

CN ON: Ontario Late On Warning Teens About Marijuana

November 18, 2017 - 3:00am
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.

CN AB: PUB LTE: Where's The Buzz?

November 18, 2017 - 3:00am
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.

CN SN: A Little Pot On The Prairies

November 18, 2017 - 3:00am
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.

CN AB: Column: Alberta Pot Rules Largely Workable

November 18, 2017 - 3:00am
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).

Canada: Clearing The Air On Cannabis

November 18, 2017 - 3:00am
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?

CN AB: High Hopes

November 17, 2017 - 3:00am
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.

CN AB: Editorial: Govern Your Own Pot Behaviour

November 17, 2017 - 3:00am
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.

CN AB: Column: Uptight Not All Right

November 17, 2017 - 3:00am
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).

CN BC: Schools Tackle Drug Use

November 12, 2017 - 3:00am
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.

CN ON: Wynne Down On Ottawa's Marijuana Tax Proposals

November 11, 2017 - 3:00am
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.

CN AB: Alberta To Fight Ottawa's Cannabis-Tax 'Clawback'

November 11, 2017 - 3:00am
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.

CN ON: LTE: Hazards Of Cannabis

November 11, 2017 - 3:00am
The Record, 11 Nov 2017 - Re: Kitchener among first cities to get LCBO-run pot shop? - Nov. 4 Why promote cannabis in Ontario? What has happened to the no-smoking publicity that we have been bombarded with over the past several decades; the hazards of smoking related to cancer, lung disease etc.? Legislation has been passed to hide cigarettes in stores and put frightening pictures on cigarette packages. No smoking in public places laws have been passed.

CN BC: Column: D-E-C-R-I-M-I-N-A-L-I-Z-E

November 10, 2017 - 3:00am
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.

CN MB: Budding Opportunity

November 10, 2017 - 3:00am
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.

CN NS: Column: Strictly Regulated Legal Pot Environment Expected

November 9, 2017 - 3:00am
The News, 09 Nov 2017 - Nova Scotians thinking that next July they'll be able to nip down to the corner pot shop whenever they want, might want to chill until they see the province's plan. Cannabis will be legal next summer, but the rules and regulations are yet to come and Nova Scotia, along with the other Atlantic Provinces, will create tightly controlled, strictly regulated environments.

CN ON: OPED: Still Much To Learn About Pot

November 9, 2017 - 3:00am
The Sun Times, 09 Nov 2017 - Many Canadians can hardly wait for the day that the recreational use of marijuana becomes legal. As a doctor, I'm far less enthusiastic. I worry about two things: the experimental nature of marijuana in medical practice, and the public health consequences of legalized marijuana. Before you write me off as overly prudish or an anti-marijuana conservative, let me say that I'm not opposed to legalized marijuana in principle. I'm just paying attention to the evidence, or rather, the lack of it. My concern is that as marijuana becomes more easily available, Canadians may become more inclined to self-medicate with this drug.

CN MB: Column: Union Needs To Get Real

November 9, 2017 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Sun, 09 Nov 2017 - MGEU off-base when it comes to private pot stores Manitoba's largest union is accusing the Pallister government of compromising the safety of Manitobans and foregoing millions in profits by allowing private retailers to sell marijuana once it becomes legal next year.