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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).

CN ON: Homegrown Pot Will Be Biggest Municipal Headache, Guide Says

April 22, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Sun, 22 Apr 2018 - Toronto's municipal licensing and standards department is reviewing city bylaws to see if changes are needed to deal with the "potential impacts" that people growing legal marijuana may have on neighbouring tenants or properties. Mark Sraga, director of investigation services for the licensing department, said he doesn't anticipate cannabis home-grow operations to have a significant impact on municipal bylaws when the law permits people to grow the drug this summer.

CN ON: Ontario Tory Leader Doug Ford Says He's Dead Against

April 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 20 Apr 2018 - Doug Ford says he is "dead against" supervised injection sites and believes the focus should be on drug rehabilitation instead. And if elected premier of Ontario in June, the Progressive Conservative Leader says he will do everything he can to fight the opioid crisis and get people who are struggling with addiction the help they need.

CN ON: How Will The Province Keep Pot Shops Away From Schools?

April 18, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 18 Apr 2018 - Premier Kathleen Wynne has ordered that school boards be given a say in where provincial marijuana stores are located, noting that boards are likely to know "where their kids go at lunchtime (and) where they go after school." Her demand came after the announcement that Toronto's first outlet of the Ontario Cannabis Store would be located in Scarborough, 450 metres from Blantyre Public School. The Toronto District School Board said it had asked to be consulted about the location, but never was. Concerned Blantyre parents discussed the news at a school council meeting last week.

CN ON: Editorial: Theres No Need To Panic Over Pot Shop Locations

April 17, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 17 Apr 2018 - Two very different things, both related to marijuana, happened in Toronto last week. One mattered, and pointed to some of the challenges still ahead with the legalization of marijuana later this year. The other was the proverbial tempest in a teapot. Allegations that workers were smoking pot on the job, forcing Metrolinx to shut down work on a section of the $5.3-billion Crosstown LRT project, was a serious matter.

CN BC: Reasons Unclear For Ban On Mixing Caffeine And Cannabis

April 17, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 17 Apr 2018 - VANCOUVER - A government prohibition against mixing cannabis and caffeine makes little sense, say some research scientists. There is only speculation that the combination might pose a risk. The practice, so common in the legendary pot capital of Amsterdam that cannabis dispensaries are called "coffee shops," appears unlikely to be coming to Canada anytime soon.

CN BC: 4/19 Pot Panel Wants To Clear The Air Regarding Cannabis And

April 17, 2018 - 3:00am
Richmond News, 17 Apr 2018 - On the eve of 4/20, CBC is hosting a panel to give kids and parents the information they need before anyone tokes up. Titled 4/19, the free evening event at Vancouver Technical secondary hosted by CBC's Gloria Macarenko is aimed at informing teenagers and their parents about the medical, social and legal impacts of cannabis use for youth, with legalization in sight.

CN BC: Politicians Are Committed To Reducing Stigma Around Drug Use

April 17, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 17 Apr 2018 - VANCOUVER - Vancouver city councillors agreed the city's approach to harm reduction may appears extreme to those who haven't experienced the overdose crisis' impacts first-hand. But Coun. Hector Bremner told StarMetro he thinks those skeptical of harm reduction simply haven't had an opportunity to learn how it really works.

Canada: Cannabis Debate: Legal Pot Is Far Safer For Youth Than

April 16, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 16 Apr 2018 - Some remain skeptical the proposed Cannabis Act (Bill C-45) will achieve one of its primary objectives: protecting youth from cannabis-related harms. Some feel the minimum age should be higher than the minimum age for alcohol, worried that those under 25 seem more vulnerable to dependence and health problems linked to long-term, heavy use. Critics of the proposed minimum age may be overlooking another primary objective: displacing the black-market. Young adults aged 18 to 24 represent one third of the market. The act attempts to strike a balance between keeping marijuana away from minors and cash away from criminals.

Canada: Cannabis Debate: Not Enough Is Being Planned To Protect Youth

April 16, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 16 Apr 2018 - Canada is moving closer to the legalization of recreational Cannabis this summer. Federal legislation is awaiting Senate approval and all the provinces have developed their implementation approach. Governments across the country rarely agree on anything. But as we embark on this change, they have been unanimous in agreeing that their top policy objective is the protection of youth. We know what the approaches and commitments have been from various governments, so we are in a good position to know whether their actions reflect their words. So far, the simple answer is no.

Canada: Some Cities Try To Put Brakes On Rush To Marijuana

April 14, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 14 Apr 2018 - MONTREAL-In the rush to marijuana legalization, cities across the country are harnessing their limited powers to delay the opening of retail pot stores, dictate where they can operate or ban them outright-at least temporarily. There was uproar from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Toronto District School Board after finding out the city's first retail cannabis store would open just 450 metres from a school, in a strip mall where students often eat lunch.

CN BC: Researchers Look At Cannabis And Prescription Heroin To Tackle

April 4, 2018 - 3:00am
Vancouver Courier, 04 Apr 2018 - Studies show controlled drug use can reduce consumption of street drugs As the opioid crisis rages on across North America, a number of recent studies are pointing to cannabis and prescription heroin as viable options in curbing the consumption of lethal street opiates, reducing long-term medical and policing costs and extending the lives of users.

CN ON: Marijuana-Dispensary Raid Charges Not Sticking In Court

April 3, 2018 - 3:00am
London Free Press, 03 Apr 2018 - More than half the charges laid against London marijuana dispensary staffers and operators swept up in a series of raids on the illegal businesses in the past two years have been withdrawn, court records examined by The Free Press show. London police have launched seven raids in three separate crackdowns on city pot shops since August 2016, resulting in 49 charges against 15 people.

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