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CN AB: Calgary City Council Green-Lights Public Marijuana Consumption

June 26, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 26 Jun 2018 - CALGARY - City council approved changes on Monday to allow areas in Calgary where people can smoke or otherwise consume marijuana in public. The city's Cannabis Consumption Bylaw prohibits public consumption in all forms, even after marijuana becomes legal in October. Changes to the bylaw will allow designated consumption areas both around the city and at festivals and events.

Canada: LTE: Canada's Cannabis Trip

June 25, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 25 Jun 2018 - The legalization of marijuana for general consumption is a devastating, immoral attack by the Trudeau government against the best interests of all of Canada'€™s vulnerable and marginalized citizens, especially our young people, who are ill-equipped to handle it (What A Long Strange Trip It Will Been, editorial, June 21). Surviving in modern society demands vigilance, sobriety, discipline and competence on all fronts. Marijuana use discourages these necessary virtues. There should have been a national referendum before this profound decision was made. There are no adults in charge any more.

CN AB: Experts Watch Calgary's Public Marijuana Policy As Council

June 25, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 25 Jun 2018 - CALGARY - A report presented to city council on Monday recommends allowing marijuana consumption in designated spaces at festivals and events. The report, which council had yet to address as of press time, says making an exception will help to move second-hand smoke away from people who don't want to partake, while responding to "the current realities of cannabis consumption at festivals and events.

Canada: Ahead Of Legalization, Doctors Warn Pregnant Women Of

June 25, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 25 Jun 2018 - With the legalization of cannabis only a few months away, one of Canadaa€™s top medical organizations is warning women about the risks the drug poses if used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. According to the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, marijuana use can lead to preterm birth and low birth weight, as well as lower IQ and hyperactivity after a child is born.

Canada: Canadians Brace For Cultural Changes As Marijuana Becomes

June 21, 2018 - 3:00am
New York Times, 21 Jun 2018 - MONTREAL - For one of Canada's largest legal cannabis companies, the vote in Parliament this week to legalize recreational marijuana use represents a broad opportunity to develop new products, including marijuana infused drinks. The hope, said Adam Greenblatt, a manager with the company, Canopy Growth, "is that in five years time people will be drinking cannabis drinks at a cocktail party as if drinking a good wine."

Canada: Canada To Legalize Pot In Mid-October

June 21, 2018 - 3:00am
Wall Street Journal, 21 Jun 2018 - OTTAWA - Recreational marijuana use in Canada will be legal in the coming months after legislation cleared its final hurdle Tuesday night, marking what officials here say is a "wholesale shift" in how the country approaches cannabis use. Canadian officials say other technical steps remain before they can unveil on what day the legislation, introduced over a year ago, comes into force.

CN BC: PUB LTE: Pot Legalization Will Enable More Research

June 10, 2018 - 3:00am
Victoria Times-Colonist, 10 Jun 2018 - The costs and benefits of cannabis and cannabis policies are difficult to calculate, but cannabis legalization will remove many impediments to research. A recent study finding an association between chronic cannabis use by young people and diminished life outcomes acknowledged "while we controlled for multiple potential confounds, it is possible that there are other explanatory mechanisms that have not been accounted for ... in the current study."

CN MB: Manitoba Seeking Assurance From Feds On Banning Homegrown Pot

June 1, 2018 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Sun, 01 Jun 2018 - Manitoba's Justice Minister is calling for federal legislation to confirm that provinces can ban the home growth of marijuana plants. "I think that is clear that is provincial jurisdiction to make that decision. (But) I believe the federal (Justice) Minister made some comments that were a little concerning, so we wanted clarification on that," said Justice Minister Heather Stefanson, following a speech to Manitoba Chambers of Commerce members on cannabis legislation Thursday. "We've called (for) some clarification from the federal government. If they could put it specifically in legislation, that would be best."

Canada: Medicinal Cannabis Use Can Help Mitigate Symptoms Of PTSD

May 31, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 31 May 2018 - People who have post-traumatic stress disorder but do not medicate with cannabis are far more likely to suffer from severe depression and have suicidal thoughts than those who use marijuana, new national research says. Based on cross-country data from Statistics Canada, the observational study by researchers at the British Columbia Centre for Substance Use shows that Canadians with PTSD who use medicinal cannabis are 60 per cent to 65 per cent less likely to have major depressive episodes or thoughts of suicide compared with those who do not treat their symptoms with medical marijuana. The study is the first national-scale indication of the effectiveness of cannabis at mitigating the hallmark symptoms of PTSD. It was presented on Thursday at the annual conference of the Canadian Public Health Association in Montreal.

Canada: Column: The Cannabis Experience From The U.S. Tells Us The

May 29, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 29 May 2018 - In 2012, Washington State voted to legalize marijuana. By 2014, the world's first system for legally growing, processing and retailing cannabis was operating. As Canada prepares to go live with pot sales in a few months, what can we learn from four years of practical, hands-on experience in the western United States?

CN ON: Looking North Of The Border To Limit Heroin Deaths

May 24, 2018 - 3:00am
New York Times, 24 May 2018 - TORONTO - An aging construction worker arrived quietly in the building's basement, took his seat alongside three other men and struck his lighter below a cooker of synthetic heroin. A woman, trained to intervene in case of an overdose, placed a mask over her face as his drug cooked and diluted beneath a jumping flame. He injected himself, grew still and then told of the loss of his wife who died alone in her room upstairs - an overdose that came just a few months before this social service nonprofit opened its doors for supervised injections.

CN BC: Craft Cannabis Growers In B.C. Sound Alarm Over Survival Of

May 18, 2018 - 3:00am
Nelson Star, 18 May 2018 - Open letter sent to federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and her B.C. counterpart David Eby Jessika Villano sells a potent array of dried cannabis, oils, salves and even bud-infused bath bombs at Buddha Barn Medicinal Society - all grown and processed by small-scale British Columbia producers.

CN ON: Column: Enabling Drugs While Shunning Sugar

May 11, 2018 - 3:00am
Hamilton Spectator, 11 May 2018 - It'€™s all about harm reduction and improving community health outcomes No doubt some Hamiltonians are chuckling to hear city council is considering banning sugary drinks from city buildings to protect people's health.

Canada: Column: Amidst Senate Efforts To Slow The Legalization Of Pot

May 4, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 04 May 2018 - The Senate seems determined to slow the Liberal government's timeline for marijuana legalization and Justin Trudeau seems just as determined to deliver his legalization on time - give or take a few weeks. The prime minister will get his way, but that doesn't mean the Senate, and Indigenous leaders, are not flagging some important issues.

Canada: Column: Canadian Cannabis A Bong Show

May 3, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Sun, 03 May 2018 - Canada is squandering first-mover advantage with cannabis, the most significant consumer product launch in history, at a time when our economy is starving for growth. How do you choke on $60 billion-plus of growth opportunity and hundreds of thousands of purposeful jobs? You roll it into the hands of the federal government, and they then shotgun it out to ten provinces, three territories and all the bureaucrats and bulls* that comes with this plan. There is no efficiency or scale.

CN ON: LTE: Stop Drugs Or Die

May 1, 2018 - 3:00am
Ottawa Sun, 01 May 2018 - "You can't help dead people - that's the point of injection sites" There you go again, being a "bleeding heart." A recent letter writer is correct. Injection sites are encouraging and abetting druggies in their bad habits. There is no point to safe-injection sites.

CN MB: Editorial: Cannabis Sales Won't Balance Budget

May 1, 2018 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Free Press, 01 May 2018 - Cannabis sales likely won't prove a financial bonanza. Those counting on help from cannabis sales to balance the provincial budget are in for a disappointment. As far as Statistics Canada can tell, cannabis prices in this country have been dropping for the past three years, perhaps the past dozen years. Since weed-market watchers in the United States have found roughly the same thing, it's probably true.

Canada: Marijuana Legalization Should Be Put Off Until First Nations

May 1, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 01 May 2018 - OTTAWA - A Senate committee says Ottawa should put off legalizing marijuana for a year until Canada and First Nations can negotiate tax sharing, produce culturally appropriate education materials and ensure First Nations are able to regulate for themselves whether they want pot to be legal in their communities or not. The Senate Aboriginal Peoples committee released a report Tuesday after studying the impact the government's legalizing pot bill could have on Indigenous communities.

Canada: CREA Calls For Moratorium On Homegrown Marijuana

April 30, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 30 Apr 2018 - Canada'€™s real estate industry organization is calling for a moratorium on growing recreational marijuana at home until the government sets out nationwide regulations for the practice. Ottawa'€™s proposed marijuana legalization regulations allow Canadians to grow up to four marijuana plants at their residences. Medical users are already allowed to grow at home after a federal court ruled in 2016 that the government cannot ban patients from growing their own cannabis.

CN BC: Liberal Party Members Overwhelmingly Vote For Decriminalizing

April 23, 2018 - 3:00am
The Straight, 23 Apr 2018 - The Liberal Party of Canada has voted in favour of removing criminal penalties for the personal possession of drugs. It'€™s one of a number of policies that the party selected as priorities at a convention in Halifax on Saturday (April 21).

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