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CN ON: LTE: Studying Weed 101

February 26, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Sun, 26 Feb 2018 - Pot courses sprouting at Ontario colleges Puff, puff, pass will take on a new meaning when recreational cannabis becomes legal in Canada later this year. And not just in the way you might think.

CN SN: LTE: Legal Marijuana Is A Terrible Idea

February 26, 2018 - 3:00am
The StarPhoenix, 26 Feb 2018 - There seems to be a general euphoria with the upcoming legalization of marijuana, while at the same time there is silence from the large proportion of Canadians who oppose legalization. Perhaps one should look at why marijuana was made illegal in the first place. For many, it was a case of, "We have enough problems with alcohol. If marijuana is legal, we'll have twice as many drug problems." For others, they didn't want to live in a nation of zombies where people are walking around stoned all day.

CN BC: LTE: Remorse Sure To Follow Legalization

February 24, 2018 - 3:00am
Vancouver Sun, 24 Feb 2018 - Re: This is your brain on pot, Douglas Todd column, Feb. 17. Again, kudos to The Vancouver Sun for Douglas Todd's column on the potential health risks of marijuana. Educators have been warning about this for a long time, but the negative effects on adolescents has been blanked out by politicians looking for easy tax dollars.

CN MB: PUB LTE: Pot Crimes?

February 24, 2018 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Sun, 24 Feb 2018 - It would be interesting to know if the delay in implementing the new marijuana legalization legislation will mean police will continue to waste time and resources dragging people through the courts for "pot" related offences, right up until 11:59 p.m. on the eve of the day it becomes legal. Scott Campbell

CN AB: Docs Warming To Marijuana, Though No Definite Reason Why

February 24, 2018 - 3:00am
Medicine Hat News, 24 Feb 2018 - It is hard to pinpoint reasons for a large increase in the number of physicians authorizing the use of medical marijuana, but a local pain specialist has some theories. "Cannabinoids are showing great promise as medicines, especially in the myriad of non specific conditions like anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, mild to moderate pain, unhappiness, recurrent stress and dysphoria conditions which pharmacotherapy has offered little and doctors are ill equipped to treat," said Dr. Gaylord Wardell, anesthesiologist and pain specialist, Sante Surgi, Medicine Hat. "Patients are dissatisfied with their doctors and their drugs."

CN AB: PUB LTE: Reforming Drug Laws Would Save Lives

February 23, 2018 - 3:00am
Edmonton Journal, 23 Feb 2018 - Re. "Man charged in 2016 fentanyl death pleads guilty in unrelated drug case," Feb. 21 The war on drugs, which is really a war on the people who use drugs, has failed. The people who sell drugs at the street level are very often in the grips of addiction themselves.

CN ON: Toronto Police Opt To Supply Officers With Naloxone

February 23, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 23 Feb 2018 - As a national opioid crisis wages on, Toronto police have decided to equip their downtown frontline officers with the opioid antidote naloxone. "This is about life and death, and that's what we signed up to do," Chief Mark Saunders told the Toronto Police Services Board at their meeting Thursday.

CN ON: Legalized Marijuana Worries Landlords

February 23, 2018 - 3:00am
North Bay Nugget, 23 Feb 2018 - Fifty North Bay and area landlords have revived the Near North Landlords Association in response to the province's new standard lease form, which takes effect in April, and the legalization of marijuana later this year Landlords are concerned that, as of April 1, they won't be able to refuse a tenant who has a dog, explains group member John Wilson of North Bay.

Canada: How Canada's Capital Markets Hinder The Cannabis Industry

February 23, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 23 Feb 2018 - Regulatory upheaval under the Trump administration in the U.S. cannabis industry is providing Canadian companies with the chance to be global leaders. However, disagreement between the different gatekeepers of Ontario's financial markets may squander this opportunity. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice under the Obama administration issued a memorandum indicating it would not enforce federal prohibitions on marijuana in states that authorized its use. This was referred to as the "Cole Memorandum" (after then-deputy attorney-general James Cole). It essentially allowed marijuana producers in certain states to operate their businesses despite the federal laws that technically made the production of marijuana illegal.

CN AB: Cannabis Bylaws To Be Tweaked

February 23, 2018 - 3:00am
Edmonton Sun, 23 Feb 2018 - Much like a self-learning robot that improves with every step, Edmonton city hall hopes to tweak recreational cannabis bylaws now, and after it is legalized. "We're still in a little bit of a state of confusion or complexity as to the way it'll all shake down as far as where can the stores be located," Ward 6 Coun. Scott McKeen said Wednesday. "I suspect we'll continue to struggle with these for a couple of years as we tweak the regulations and make sure we get things right."

CN BC: UBCO Students To Get Bud Covered

February 23, 2018 - 3:00am
The Daily Courier, 23 Feb 2018 - Medical marijuana added to health-insurance plan Medical marijuana will soon be part of health insurance for students at UBC Okanagan. The one-year pilot program will begin in September. University of Waterloo began a similar plan in 2014.

Canada: PUB LTE: Giving Up On Addicts

February 22, 2018 - 3:00am
National Post, 22 Feb 2018 - Re: Opioid vending machines won't help B.C.'s addicts. Jeremy Devine, Feb. 14 This piece, written by my classmate, Jeremy Devine, contains misinformation and stigma. I felt compelled to write a response because his views do not reflect mine or those of many of our fellow medical school classmates at the University of Toronto. The article suggests that British Columbia's harm reduction approach is some ill-conceived mistake that jeopardizes the lives of people who use drugs. In fact, Mr. Devine's ideological stance is not based on evidence, and if enacted, could endanger countless lives.

CN BC: B.C. Estimates $75-Million In Cannabis Taxes In First Full

February 22, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 22 Feb 2018 - LEGALIZATION British Columbia is expecting legalized cannabis to bring in $75-million a year to the province in taxes, with legal sales estimated to be worth a billion dollars. This week's provincial budget estimates that once the drug is legalized later this year, the province will take in $50-million in the current fiscal year and $75-million in 2019-2020, the first full fiscal year under legalization.

CN AB: Council Dials Back Pot Restrictions

February 22, 2018 - 3:00am
Metro, 22 Feb 2018 - A number of on-the-fly changes were proposed Calgary city councillors have proposed a number of relaxations on proposed cannabis retailer rules. On Wednesday, during a council committee, administration presented their land use bylaw rules to ready the city's policies ahead of marijuana legalization. But just like rolling your first joint, the process wasn't easy. The rules will now be smoothed over and sent to an April council meeting before being passed into official law.

CN ON: Ellis Defends New Pot Law

February 22, 2018 - 3:00am
The Intelligencer, 22 Feb 2018 - Liberal MP says he wasn't thrilled about it at first, but changed his views Cannabis was on the menu at the Belleville & District Chamber of Commerce's monthly breakfast Wednesday at the Travelodge Hotel, and Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis was pushing it - from a business point of view.

CN BC: Local Governments Can Say Yea Or Nay To Marijuana Stores

February 22, 2018 - 3:00am
Oliver Chronicle, 22 Feb 2018 - As the B.C. government sets policy on the legalization of marijuana, the towns of Oliver and Osoyoos are still wondering what that will look like. Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes said his council has to have a formal discussion on the topic.

CN ON: Amade In Brantforda Solution Sought For Legal Cannabis

February 21, 2018 - 3:00am
The Expositor, 21 Feb 2018 - City officials are looking for input as they deal with the ramifications of legalized recreational marijuana. "There are a lot of questions, a lot of unknowns and I think it's important that we try to come up with a 'made in Brantford' solution to some of these issues," Mayor Chris Friel said Tuesday.

CN AB: Editorial: No Need To Rush To Pot

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Edmonton Sun, 20 Feb 2018 - Ontario Senator Tony Dean, sponsor of the Trudeau Liberals' pot bill in the Upper Chamber, is upset that Canadians will not be able to legally light up their spliffs until long after Canada Day. He says time is of the essence, and that the government does not have the luxury of biding it.

CN AB: Medical Marijuana Users Wait For Coverage

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Metro, 20 Feb 2018 - Patients still struggling to get covered by insurance plans As Alberta moves forward on retail applications for recreational marijuana, those who use the drug for medical reasons still wait for coverage.

CN BC: Driving High On B.C. Highways

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Metro, 20 Feb 2018 - As legalization looms, experts say we're not road safe yet As Canada readies to legalize pot this summer, experts including an ex-traffic cop warn we're still stumped about stopping stoned drivers from hitting B.C.'S streets.

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