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CN AB: Editorial: A Pot Revolution Comes To Canada

April 22, 2017 - 3:00am
Medicine Hat News, 22 Apr 2017 - The right prices and levels of taxation must be set. If they're too low, people might be tempted to overindulge. If they're too high, criminals will provide cheaper alternatives. In case you missed it, the federal government has just sown the seeds for a full-blown social revolution in Canada.

CN BC: Is This Pot Prohibition 2.0?

April 21, 2017 - 3:00am
Nelson Star, 21 Apr 2017 - Nelson-Creston candidate calls federal legislation announcement 'draconian' The stakes are high. Members of the Kootenay craft cannabis community are worried federal legalization will leave them out in the cold, and are concerned the new laws will be invasive and draconian - leading some to dub the Cannabis Act "Prohibition 2.0."

CN ON: Oped: Safety Top Priority In New Cannabis Laws

April 20, 2017 - 3:00am
The Tribune, 20 Apr 2017 - If your objectives are to protect public health and safety, keep marijuana out of the hands of minors and cut illegal profits flowing to organized crime, then the law as it stands today has been an abject failure. From the very beginning, health and safety objectives have been in the forefront of our approach to cannabis. The new legislation we introduced last week reflects that - to do a better job of protecting our kids and fighting crime.

CN MB: OPED: Take Public-Health Approach To Pot

April 20, 2017 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Free Press, 20 Apr 2017 - This time next year will be the last 4/20 - the unofficial cannabis holiday known by its numeric calendar date - when possessing weed for personal use will be a crime. Legalization is coming to Canada in the summer of 2018. So far, reactions to legalized cannabis have ranged from healthy concern to outright fearmongering. Some people have claimed it will lead the youth astray, make our roads less safe and harm our overall health.

CN MB: From Protest To Party

April 20, 2017 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Free Press, 20 Apr 2017 - With legalization on the horizon, today's 4/20 gathering will be a celebration For as long as anyone can remember, the annual 4/20 gathering at the Manitoba legislature grounds was about protesting the country's harsh marijuana laws. Police would be out in force to keep an eye on a rag-tag group of stoners, rarely arresting anyone unless things got out of hand.

CN BC: Column: Is Marijuana The Miracle Drug Pot Pushers Claim?

April 20, 2017 - 3:00am
Vancouver 24hours, 20 Apr 2017 - There are some pretty substantial medicinal claims around marijuana. Children who no longer have seizures thanks to cannabis oil, symptoms of multiple sclerosis stalled or in some cases reversed thanks to the drug. I've spoken with many people who say marijuana has drastically changed their lives for the better and that they would not be functioning at anywhere near the level they are today without it.

CN ON: LTE: We Need More Weed Like Hole In Head

April 20, 2017 - 3:00am
Ottawa Citizen, 20 Apr 2017 - Everyone agrees that legalizing marijuana will increase its use. Other places that have done it confirm the trend. Doesn't that mean there will be more drug users, more drivers under the influence and more health problems? So why are we doing it? Has the federal government discovered new money that it will have to give to the provinces who are stuck implementing it? Or is this yet another ill-thought election promise that is hitting the fan?

Canada: LTE: Weed Worries

April 19, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 19 Apr 2017 - Your editorial covers the many issues around the legalization of marijuana that have had extensive coverage in past months (The Countdown To Legalization Begins, April 17). I am open to the legalization process. However, what seems to be missing is a discussion on second-hand smoke. What about those who do not wish to smoke pot or share secondhand fumes? Are safeguards needed for the interests of all segments of the population? Are there hazards that are not being addressed?

Canada: PUB LTE: Weed Worries

April 19, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 19 Apr 2017 - Most of the critics of the new marijuana legislation complain that it will affect people's health and, thus, legalization will contribute to poor health outcomes. What are these people smoking? People already smoke marijuana - Canada has one of the highest rates of marijuana usage in the world. Do these naysayers seriously expect that, upon legalization, the population is going to run out, en masse, and begin smoking marijuana? Teens smoking marijuana will be a problem. The evidence is becoming clear that smoking at an early age can lead to mental health problems. But teens smoke marijuana now, and their supply is likely contaminated with mould, pesticides and who knows what else. At least under legalization, the quality can be controlled, people working in the industry will pay taxes (as opposed to criminals who do not), and police will be free to pursue more important things. Legalization is not a panacea, but it's a lot better than the status quo.

CN NS: LTE: Cannabis Act Full Of Holes

April 18, 2017 - 3:00am
Cape Breton Post, 18 Apr 2017 - The Liberals have introduced a new Cannabis Act that attempts to check the box of an election promise kept. I don't think the bill will pass anytime soon and I doubt the Liberals are serious about it anyway. Why unveil the Act on the last day before a two-week break in Ottawa?

CN QU: Editorial: Legal Pot? Are We Tripping, Or What?

April 18, 2017 - 3:00am
The Record, 18 Apr 2017 - "Far out, man!" That's likely what teenaged me would have said if a visitor from the future had said Prime Minister Trudeau had legalized marijuana in 2018. Then I might have said "What? Trudeau is still prime minister?" Then, "Wow, this is some boss weed if I'm talking to some dude from the future." I might have added "Hey, visitor, when did the Leafs win their next Cup?" Truth be told, your scribe was not much of stoner in his youth, though he effected some of the look and lifestyle. Long hair. Check. Tie-dyed shirts. Check. Bare-foot summers. Check. But a regular consumer of marijuana products? Pas a mon gout. Didn't really have the mental constitution for it. In fact, it's always been a mystery, and the subject of mountains of research, how people react differently when tetrahydrocannabinol hits their bloodstream.

Canada: Public Safety Minister Says Ottawa Has No Plan For Blanket

April 18, 2017 - 3:00am
Hamilton Spectator, 18 Apr 2017 - OTTAWA - The federal plan to legalize recreational marijuana does not include the general amnesty for past pot convictions some would like to see, says Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. Newly tabled legislation would allow people 18 and older to publicly possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis, or its equivalent in non-dried form.

CN NS: Halifax Landlords' Concern Growing Over Legalization

April 18, 2017 - 3:00am
Metro, 18 Apr 2017 - Property owners plan around issues like ventilation, insurance Landlords' main concerns with marijuana legalization in Nova Scotia are around protecting tenant's health and possible damage to buildings, says one advocacy group.

CN ON: OPED: The stone cold truth: Marijuana Clouds Reality

April 18, 2017 - 3:00am
The Record, 18 Apr 2017 - There's something quasi quaint about the federal government introducing legislation to legalize marijuana. News reporting on the budding bill has generously employed terrible puns to create a sense of giggling excitement about it. A Canadian Press story advised that all of Ottawa is "buzzing" at the audacity that dope represents.

CN ON: Editorial: A Pot Revolution Comes To Canada

April 18, 2017 - 3:00am
The Record, 18 Apr 2017 - In case you missed it, the federal government has just sown the seeds for a full-blown social revolution in Canada. Last Thursday, just before the Easter long weekend started, the Liberals tabled legislation that will legalize and regulate the production, sale and use of recreational marijuana in this country starting in the summer of 2018.

Canada: Oped: As The Legalization Of Marijuana Looms, How Will

April 18, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 18 Apr 2017 - When recreational marijuana users gather on April 20 for Cannabis Day, they will have something else to celebrate: much anticipated legislation which decriminalizes marijuana in Canada. Last Thursday, the federal Liberal government tabled the Cannabis Act. While this legislation sets out the path forward for legalizing recreational marijuana, the responsibility for more detailed laws relating to distribution and sale will rest with the provinces. All of these moving parts are expected to come together by July, 2018. In the meantime, Canadian employers have questions about how to respond to this changing legal landscape. This uncertainty also extends, to a somewhat lesser degree, to the Canadian judicial system. Coincidentally, on April 3, 2017, an Ontario Superior Court judge declined to grant an injunction striking down a random drug testing policy sought by the union representing employees of the Toronto Transit Commission.

CN MB: PUB LTE: High On Life

April 17, 2017 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Sun, 17 Apr 2017 - Jim Warren should have told us what age he figures is old enough to join the army to kill and die for your country if he figures the government should be protecting children from cannabis until they are 21. I figure if you're old enough to kill or die for your country, you're old enough to engage in vices. Governments were never intended to protect children from adult vices. It is the duty of parents to instill ethics and morals in their children, not the state.

CN AB: LTE: Hazy Law

April 17, 2017 - 3:00am
Edmonton Sun, 17 Apr 2017 - While I do understand the reasoning behind legalizing marijuana, I believe that the public health risks outweigh the legislative benefits. It can cause impairment of both perception and motor skills. These factors need to be functional to ensure safe driving. A likely outcome of legalizing marijuana is that it may lead to greater incidents of accidents - and possible deaths - due to intoxication. We are already working towards mitigating deaths due to alcohol, adding marijuana to the mix poses an additional liability to public safety.

CN ON: Column: Sunny Haze Descends On Liberals' Pot Plans

April 14, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 14 Apr 2017 - Legislation aims to restrict access, but key questions left unanswered Justin Trudeau wants Canadians to see his plan to legalize marijuana as a massive government intervention to save the country's youth from the perils of cannabis.

CN ON: Lawyer Doubts Impaired Driving Bill Will Pass

April 14, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 14 Apr 2017 - Proposal gives officers power to test drivers for alcohol without reasonable suspicion Legalizing marijuana was of course the main focus in Ottawa on Thursday, yet at the same time that it announced proposed legislation on the issue, the federal government also indicated it will toughen the laws around driving when impaired by alcohol.