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CN BC: Council Blowing Smoke For Provincial Government

October 27, 2017 - 3:00am
The Daily Courier, 27 Oct 2017 - COUNCIL BLOWING SMOKE FOR PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT At a special council meeting, Tuesday city council lit up its marijuana advice for the provincial government. Mayor Doug Findlater and his council provided feedback for the ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General on the legalization of non-medical marijuana. Council came up with these suggestions:

CN BC: Parksville Council Oks Cannabis Resolution

October 26, 2017 - 3:00am
Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 26 Oct 2017 - Recommendations to province include municipalities sharing in cannabis economy Local municipalities should share in the revenues of a legal recreational marijuana economy and should retain the authority to regulate retailers and suppliers in their communities.

CN NS: Front Line Concern

October 26, 2017 - 3:00am
The News, 26 Oct 2017 - Mayors call for more support for cannabis legalization New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks was one of a group of Atlantic mayors who want a stronger voice when it comes to decisions around the legalization of marijuana.

CN BC: Tougher Charges For Fentanyl Dealers Not The Answer: Experts

October 19, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 19 Oct 2017 - Health and legal experts are urging caution about the idea of charging fentanyl dealers with manslaughter, saying such a move would do little to deter sellers and could instead punish those who are already struggling with substance-use disorders. B.C. Solicitor-General Mike Farnworth mentioned the idea to reporters at an unrelated event last week, saying it was raised at a recent meeting of federal and provincial public safety ministers.

CN ON: Mix Of Medicial And Illegal Pot Brings Fine

October 19, 2017 - 3:00am
The Observer, 19 Oct 2017 - After admitting the medicinal pot in his possession had been illegally supplemented by some non-medicinal pot, a Sarnia man again pleaded guilty Wednesday to drug possession - but to a different judge. These "additional facts" temporarily put to rest a legal conundrum and likely a Canadian first - whether a lawful prescription becomes unlawful due to use - that delayed a decision on the drug possession charge originally expected in August.

CN BC: Pot Shop Cannabis Rejuvenates A Life

October 19, 2017 - 3:00am
The Georgia Straight, 19 Oct 2017 - John De Villa and his wife, Maxine, are afraid he'll lose access to the cannabis products that keep him seizure-free. The otherwise healthy software technician wasn't born with epilepsy, didn't drink or smoke, and hadn't taken as much as a Tylenol in decades.

CN AB: Consumption Site Approved For Lethbridge

October 19, 2017 - 3:00am
Lethbridge Herald, 19 Oct 2017 - Health Canada approved the first few supervised consumption facilities in Alberta on Wednesday, including a site in downtown Lethbridge. ARCHES and Edmonton-based coalition AMSISE received an exemption from federal drug legislation, allowing them to operate supervised consumption sites.

CN ON: City Firefighters To Have Naloxone

October 17, 2017 - 3:00am
The Sun Times, 17 Oct 2017 - This is looking after our own people here as well as the public." Doug Barfoot, fire chief Owen Sound firefighters will soon have a new tool at their disposal that could potentially save lives. Fire Chief Doug Barfoot said within the next month or so, Owen Sound Fire & Emergency Services will begin carrying naloxone - the highly effective drug that can temporarily reverse an overdose by fentanyl or other opioids - on their main truck.

Canada: TMX Review Throws Cannabis Industry Into Uncertainty

October 17, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 17 Oct 2017 - Canada's largest stock exchange operator is threatening to delist marijuana companies that are operating in violation of federal drug laws in the United States. TMX Group Ltd. said late on Monday in a staff notice, a document that clarifies existing policy, that it is launching a review of cannabis firms listed on its markets to determine if any are doing business in the United States, where several states have either legalized or decriminalized marijuana. However, U.S. federal law still prohibits the drug.

CN ON: 49 FN Fund Medical Pot

October 16, 2017 - 3:00am
The Daily Press, 16 Oct 2017 - Nearly 50 First Nations communities - including at least two in the Timmins area - are investing in medical marijuana. Matachewan and Wahgoshig First Nations are among the shareholders in DelShen Therapeutics, which is a licensed medical marijuana producer.

CN ON: 2 Charged After Pot Shop Raid

October 16, 2017 - 3:00am
Ottawa Sun, 16 Oct 2017 - Ottawa police have staged another raid on an illegal marijuana dispensary, charging two people at the CannaGreen on Armstrong Street across from the Parkdale Market with drug trafficking. "We continue to stress that there is no 'grey area' when it comes to storefront marijuana dispensaries," said a statement from Staff Sgt. Rick Carey. "They are and will continue to be illegal operations."

CN BC: Pot Dispensaries May Be Illegal, But They Work Well, Study

October 16, 2017 - 3:00am
The Daily Courier, 16 Oct 2017 - Researchers say governments will have to legalize pot shops or incorporate elements from them into new model UBC researchers are cautioning policy-makers not to alter a cannabis distribution system that, while not yet legal, works well.

CN AB: Province To Weigh All Options For Legal Marijuana Sales

October 14, 2017 - 3:00am
The Calgary Sun, 14 Oct 2017 - Premier Rachel Notley won't say which way her NDP government is leaning when it comes to sales of legal cannabis, but she insists the province is carefully weighing the merits of public- and private-sector options. Under its policy framework unveiled last week, the NDP will allow recreational marijuana to be sold only in standalone stores once cannabis is legalized next year, but the government is still weighing whether to set up a system of government owned and operated stores, or leave retail to the private sector.

CN ON: Lawyers Spar Over Motherisk Class-Action

October 13, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 13 Oct 2017 - Lawsuit's fate rests on judge, whose verdict could set off years of legal wrangling Motherisk's flawed hair-strand tests tainted thousands of child protection cases across Canada, but was every parent who tested positive for drugs or alcohol potentially harmed in some way? How much is that harm is worth? And what's the best way to determine who should pay?

CN ON: In Praise Of Marijuana

October 10, 2017 - 3:00am
The Niagara Falls Review, 10 Oct 2017 - Former NHL player Riley Cote says marijuana helped him deal with the pain and anxiety that came with being an enforcer with the Philadelphia Flyers. "I used it as an ally," the Winnipeg native said Saturday at the Grow Up Cannabis Conference and Expo at Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls.

CN NK: N.B. Lagging On Opioid Response: Activists

October 10, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 10 Oct 2017 - Grassroots harm-reduction initiative launched as those on the front lines lament provincial government's boardroom approach Health officials in New Brunswick are taking too long to address the serious and growing opioid problem in the province's two largest cities, say local harm-reduction activists who have launched a grassroots initiative in the face of what they describe as government inaction.

CN BC: Westside Pot Shops Could Be Shut Down

October 10, 2017 - 3:00am
The Daily Courier, 10 Oct 2017 - City council today expected to rescind business licences for 2 marijuana dispensaries The owners of two West Kelowna pot shops today face the revocation of their business licence and subsequent closure.

CN AB: Pot Legalization Cash Crunch Worries Top Cop

October 7, 2017 - 3:00am
The Calgary Sun, 07 Oct 2017 - Calgary police chief roger chaffin said a proposed framework released by the province on legalized marijuana this week is "a start" as police examine their next steps to prepare for recreational cannabis to be legalized July 1. "On its first blush, there's not a lot of detail in that yet, but at least the framework sets up at least an idea of where the province wants to go around age limits, around consumption levels, growing the plant, so there's lots of areas there at least we can start to go to work on," chaffin said Friday.

CN NS: Province To Consult With Public On Marijuana Legalization

October 7, 2017 - 3:00am
Truro Daily News, 07 Oct 2017 - Nova Scotia will be launching its public consultations for marijuana legalization within days, with results expected to be compiled and released before the end of the year, the premier's office has confirmed. Of the Atlantic provinces, Nova Scotia is the last to launch its consultations, which will include telephone and online surveys. P.E.I. just completed an online consultation, garnering around 3,000 responses, Newfoundland released a report of its consultation period in August, and New Brunswick - the furthest along - last month announced its framework for legalization, including plans to follow Ontario in creating a Crown corporation to oversee all pot sales.

CN AB: MADD Urges Alberta Pursue Public Model On Cannabis To Ensure

October 6, 2017 - 3:00am
Edmonton Sun, 06 Oct 2017 - The advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving wants Alberta to sell marijuana through government-run stores - at least in the short term - to ensure public safety before profit. Andrew Murie, the CEO of MADD, points to marijuana stores in the United States that slash prices to mark the annual April 20 counter-culture celebration of public cannabis consumption.