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Canada: Prohibition Fallout

December 24, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Sun, 24 Dec 2017 - Marijuana laws smouldering discontent: Critics The marijuana prohibition era may be closing as early as Canada Day 2018, but pot users may still be burned by old drug laws, warn two veteran criminal defence lawyers.

CN AB: LTE: Slow Down, Everyone

December 23, 2017 - 3:00am
The South Peace News, 23 Dec 2017 - Why is the federal government in such a hurry to pass its marijuana legalization legislation when there are still so many questions and so few answers? Just this week, the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police said that the legislation is coming too fast, stating that, "There is insufficient time to prepare the necessary legislative framework and regulations to ensure the public safety". The Canadian Association of Police Chiefs warned that it will be "impossible" to be ready for the government's target of legalizing marijuana by July 2018. Do these things not matter?

CN ON: PUB LTE: Pluses To Pot

December 23, 2017 - 3:00am
The Beacon Herald, 23 Dec 2017 - With the plague of opiate overdoses, some doctors are prescribing pot to get people off opioids. There are many positive medical applications which help many people with everything from mental illness, terminal conditions, to severe physical disabilities. Fact is we have never had legal recreational pot, so how can you say it's going to destroy communities? I would like to point out how legalizing it has worked for Colorado and I think the red light district in Amsterdam would also beg to differ.

CN AB: City Grapples With Looming Legal Pot

December 23, 2017 - 3:00am
Medicine Hat News, 23 Dec 2017 - The City of Medicine Hat is preparing for the Canada-wide legalization of marijuana in 2018, but in the absence of final rules from other levels of government, local regulations remain a work in progress, officials said this week. "It is a big cumbersome process, and we're on track to be ready for July, but we'll see a lot of activity in the next six months," commissioner Stan Schwartzenberger told Wednesday's meeting of the development and infrastructure committee.

CN BC: Vancouver's Overdose Crisis, One Year Later

December 22, 2017 - 3:00am
Metro, 22 Dec 2017 - New tools are helping - but more needs to be done December 2016 is seared into the memory of people who live or work with people from the Downtown Eastside, the epicentre of B.C.'s opioid overdose crisis.

CN ON: LTE: Greed Or Need?

December 21, 2017 - 3:00am
The Expositor, 21 Dec 2017 - Governments raise a lot of revenue by taxing alcohol and tobacco. Now they are turning their sights on cannabis. A lot of young people think that using marijuana is a good thing. But, like any drug, cannabis can lead to addiction and ruin a person's life, all because our greedy government wants the tax money. Alan Morris

CN AB: LTE: B.C. Knowledge Of Pot's Impact Is Hazy

December 21, 2017 - 3:00am
Calgary Herald, 21 Dec 2017 - Billions of dollars have been spent by Canadian governments dissuading young people from taking up tobacco use, and it is finally having a positive effect. Therefore, now making an even more dangerous and addictive drug, legal, certainly will require public education aimed at parents and young children. With studies in the U.K., U.S.A. and by the Canadian Medical Association all conclusively showing young people using cannabis run a greatly enhanced risk of suffering psychosis and other mental issues later in life, education should have preceded legalization.

CN AB: LTE: There Are Risks To Consuming Pot

December 21, 2017 - 3:00am
Calgary Herald, 21 Dec 2017 - Re: "Irksome issues around cannabis legalization," Licia Corbella, Opinion, Dec. 16. Canadians need to be surveyed on far more marijuana harms than just the risk of driving marijuana impaired. Health Canada has identified conditions for which the use of marijuana is strictly contraindicated.

CN ON: LTE: Thumbs Down For Legalized Pot

December 20, 2017 - 3:00am
The Sun Times, 20 Dec 2017 - During my life time, I have always taken politics with a grain of salt; I never took it too seriously as Canada's voting system gave me the opportunity to exercise my rights every four years with my personal vote to effect change. Since Pierre Trudeau's time as prime minister of Canada, things have changed noticeably but not always for the better. For example, during the past decades, the Indigenous social issues have been kicked down the road like a tin can with no evidence of concrete changes for the people. Many [Indigenous people] continue to live on far northern inaccessible reserves with overall sub-standard living conditions, drinking water and sewage disposal challenges.

CN NF: Editorial: CRA Poll Dashes Pot-Revenue High Hopes

December 20, 2017 - 3:00am
The Western Star, 20 Dec 2017 - A Corporate Research Associates (CRA) survey last week probably sent chills down the spines of finance ministers and premiers in Atlantic Canada. After they left Ottawa earlier in the week with a lucrative tax-sharing deal on the sale of legalized marijuana, their visions of windfall revenues were quickly dashed with a reality check. The CRA survey suggests that 20 per cent of Atlantic Canadians plan to buy pot once it becomes legal July 1. It's about the same percentage that uses pot today - illegally.

CN NF: LTE: Mr. Trudeau, We're Just Not Ready

December 20, 2017 - 3:00am
Northern Pen, 20 Dec 2017 - During his election campaign, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to legalize marijuana if we chose him as our leader. That day is near, and marijuana might be legalized on Canada Day 2018. Such a decision should not be taken lightly. Our country is not ready for this change. To clarify, I don't want to come across as cynical. I know that medical marijuana has its place in treating patients with chronic or terminal illness. I also don't agree with throwing people in jail for carrying small amounts for personal use. I see this as a waste of time, money and resources. At the same time, however, I don't think that the legalization of marijuana is what our country needs. And I certainly don't think it will make our country healthier, happier or safer. The decision to legalize marijuana has implications for health, society and our youth.

CN NF: St. Anthony Mayor Weighs Pros And Cons Of Marijuana Plan

December 20, 2017 - 3:00am
Northern Pen, 20 Dec 2017 - McDonald believes production facility should be located in rural area St. Anthony Mayor Desmond McDonald believes the province's marijuana production facility should be located in a rural area. He also sees opportunities for business with the province's plan to legalize marijuana.

CN AB: LTE: High Workforce

December 20, 2017 - 3:00am
The Calgary Sun, 20 Dec 2017 - Everyone knows what use of marijuana does. Ability to focus changes for worst, ability to multi task changes for worst, performance and speed of work changes for worst. Willpower diminished and so on. So as a small-business owner (restaurant), now I will have to pay more for minimum wage, and actually might get less work done with someone with dumb grin on his face and a large appetite. How about the medical profession, medical labs and professions, where accuracy and attention to detail is crucial? And if someone decides to fire that particular employee, I can already imagine the labour board taking sides with that employee and filling lawsuit for wrongful dismissal. Thanks, Justin. Mike Soch

CN NS: Column: Make No Mistake, Not All Polls Are Created Equal

December 19, 2017 - 3:00am
Truro Daily News, 19 Dec 2017 - They're great for entertainment purposes, but then again, so are fortune-tellers and horoscopes. If you're looking at public opinion polls to predict things, well, there are wins and there are losses. And lately, more losses.

CN SN: PUB LTE: Prohibiting Pot Has Been Historic Failure

December 15, 2017 - 3:00am
The StarPhoenix, 15 Dec 2017 - Re: Rogue nations need not apply (SP, Nov. 18) Pamela McColl's letter is legally correct, but morally and practically wrong. While Canada did sign the various treaties that constitute the worldwide prohibition of drugs, that prohibition has been a spectacular failure. After being banned for 70 years, prohibited drugs are more plentiful, cheaper, and more widely used than ever before.

CN ON: Colby 'Neutral' On Cannabis Store

December 15, 2017 - 3:00am
The Chatham Daily News, 15 Dec 2017 - Medical officer of health expects regulations will evolve Chatham-Kent's medical officer of health is remaining neutral on a provincially operated cannabis store slated to open next year. However, Dr. David Colby admits he's intrigued by how it might play out in the communities that were announced as part of the first phase.

CN ON: Public Grills Wynne At Brampton Town Hall

December 14, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 14 Dec 2017 - Is Ontario keeping too tight a lid on pot? Premier Kathleen Wynne faced that question at a town hall meeting Wednesday night in Brampton, where about 250 citizens - some with anger in their voices - grilled her about high local auto-insurance rates, health care, workers' compensation, the Tarion new home warranty system, the rising minimum wage, the recent five-week community college strike and other issues.

CN ON: Substance Use Among Ontario Students Down

December 14, 2017 - 3:00am
Hamilton Spectator, 14 Dec 2017 - TORONTO - Ontario adolescents are drinking, smoking and using cannabis and other recreational drugs at the lowest rates since the late 1970s, suggests a biennial survey of Grade 7 to 12 students by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. But the 2017 survey released Thursday turned up a disturbing finding: almost one per cent of respondents in Grades 9 to 12 reported having taken illicit fentanyl in the previous year, raising a red flag given the opioid's involvement in hundreds of overdose deaths across the country.

CN NS: People Growing Their Own Pot Problematic For Police Chief

December 14, 2017 - 3:00am
Cape Breton Post, 14 Dec 2017 - He may not be able to change it but that doesn't mean he has to like the new law allowing people to grow their own pot plants. "Personal cultivation is something I personally really struggle with as a citizen, a parent and a police chief," Cape Breton Regional Police Chief Peter McIsaac said during the recent Police Commissioners meeting.

CN ON: Mayors In York Region Reject Legal Pot Shops

December 14, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 14 Dec 2017 - Politicians voice their concerns over 'little information' available, possible impact on community A number of York Region mayors have come out against proposed marijuana stores in their municipalities.