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CN AB: Retailers Can't Sell Cannabis And Chips

November 17, 2017 - 3:00am
Fort McMurray Today, 17 Nov 2017 - Private retailers who want to sell legal marijuana in Alberta come July 1 won't be able to do so alongside alcohol, or even a bag of chips. Under proposed rules introduced by the provincial government Thursday, retailers will be restricted to sales of cannabis and cannabis-related goods.

CN ON: Pot Dispensary Employee Gets $10 Fine

November 17, 2017 - 3:00am
The Record, 17 Nov 2017 - KITCHENER - A judge who granted an absolute discharge to a Kitchener couple running an illegal marijuana dispensary has handed out a tiny fine to one of them for careless storage of a loaded handgun. Nour Louka, 30, owned and operated the Waterloo Dispensary, which sold marijuana out of a second-floor business on King Street in uptown Waterloo. Her husband, Shady Louka, 32, was a part-time, temporary employee.

CN QU: Quebec To Keep Strict Controls Over Marijuana

November 17, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 17 Nov 2017 - Provincial legislation calls for government-run stores, zero tolerance for DUIs MONTREAL- The rollout of legislation governing the legal marijuana regime in Quebec was likely a downer for pot enthusiasts in a province widely known for its European sensibilities and liberal mores.

CN QU: Quebec Petitions Ottawa For Pot Law Extension

November 16, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 16 Nov 2017 - Quebec is asking Ottawa for more time to set up an orderly transition to legal recreational marijuana - 24 hours before the province is expected to roll out a framework for sale and use of the drug. The Quebec National Assembly adopted a motion Wednesday seeking an extra year from the Trudeau government beyond July 1, 2018, when marijuana is set to become legal.

CN ON: Where Do We Put The Pot Shop?

November 15, 2017 - 3:00am
The Record, 15 Nov 2017 - City and province meet to talk about locating new marijuana dispensary KITCHENER - The province had its first meeting with Kitchener municipal staff since announcing earlier this month that the city would be home to one of the first government-run pot shops to open in Ontario by July.

CN AB: Alberta Introducing Rules To Align With Federal Pot

November 15, 2017 - 3:00am
Lethbridge Herald, 15 Nov 2017 - Marijuana to be legal across Canada July 1 Alberta is putting the legislative pieces in place for legalized marijuana, starting with changes to align its rules with pending Criminal Code amendments.

CN ON: CKPS Putting Drone To Good Use

November 15, 2017 - 3:00am
The Chatham Daily News, 15 Nov 2017 - Report looks at return on investment for technology The use of a drone has provided some cost savings for the Chatham-Kent Police Service, but that wasn't the purpose for obtaining the technology, says Chief Gary Conn.

Canada: Impaired-Driving Changes Could Unfairly Punish Medical

November 14, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 14 Nov 2017 - Canada's proposed overhaul of federal impaired-driving rules could unfairly criminalize medical-cannabis users, according to an open letter to Ottawa signed by more than 50 criminal-defence lawyers. The letter, which warns that medical-marijuana users could be unfairly punished under the proposed system, underscores the challenges to preventing high driving. Experts are divided on just how much THC - the principal psychoactive compound of cannabis - would make someone impaired, and the government is still developing a reliable way to conduct a roadside test.

CN NS: 'We Need To Prepare'

November 14, 2017 - 3:00am
Cape Breton Post, 14 Nov 2017 - Police chief warns CBRM to plan ahead for marijuana legislation Once the federal government legalizes cannabis, it may or may not be OK to smoke marijuana while walking down the street. According to Cape Breton Regional Police Chief Peter McIsaac, it is far too soon to predict exactly how the new regulations will affect the consumption, availability, distribution and enforcement of cannabis products and their use here in Cape Breton.

US MI: You Can Be Fired For Medical Marijuana. Advocates Want That To

November 13, 2017 - 3:00am
Detroit Free Press, 13 Nov 2017 - Can you be fired in Michigan for using medical marijuana? Joseph Casias injured his knee at the Battle Creek Wal-Mart where he worked in 2009. Per company policy, he took a drug test. It came back positive.

CN BC: Schools Tackle Drug Use

November 12, 2017 - 3:00am
The Morning Star, 12 Nov 2017 - The Vernon School District is taking a proactive approach to battling the opioid crisis. Rather than waiting for drug problems to develop, school counsellors, backed by the district, are tackling potential problems before they materialize through a new program.

US NY: NY Governor Signs Bill To Allow Medical Marijuana For PTSD

November 11, 2017 - 3:00am
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, 11 Nov 2017 - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can legally be treated with medical marijuana. The PTSD bill was part of a package of legislation that Cuomo signed Saturday to mark Veterans Day.

CN ON: Wynne Down On Ottawa's Marijuana Tax Proposals

November 11, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 11 Nov 2017 - $1 per gram plan revealed, but premier says provinces will carry an unfair burden OTTAWA- The federal government formally rolled out details Friday of its tax plan for legalized marijuana, proposing a combined federal-provincial excise tax capped at 10 per cent, or $1 per gram, with the revenue haul split equally with provinces.

CN AB: Alberta To Fight Ottawa's Cannabis-Tax 'Clawback'

November 11, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 11 Nov 2017 - Alberta will introduce legislation as soon as next week to allow the establishment of private cannabis stores, and will also launch a battle with Ottawa over how to split the tax revenue from the drug sales. Late Friday, Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci held a news conference to slam the federal government's proposal that Ottawa get 50 per cent of the excise tax on marijuana products. The provinces and territories would receive the other half.

Canada: Plan To Tax Medical Marijuana Spurs Outrage

November 11, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 11 Nov 2017 - Advocates say Ottawa's proposed excise levy will simply penalize the sick The federal government has angered proponents of medical cannabis and the opposition by announcing that its planned excise tax on recreational products will also apply to marijuana that is used to treat various illnesses.

CN ON: A Awaiting A Game For Local Impact Of Pot Legalization

November 11, 2017 - 3:00am
The Beacon Herald, 11 Nov 2017 - Mayor Dan Mathieson said it was to be expected that Stratford wasn't included in the first wave of municipalities chosen by the province to have government-run marijuana outlets by next year. But more information will be needed from upper levels of governments, he added, to determine the real impacts the rollout of the proposed legislation will have in the city and whether not being included in the first wave was a positive or negative development.

Canada: Provinces Split On How To Sell Cannabis

November 11, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 11 Nov 2017 - Western regions may pass sales off to private retailers to try to thwart black market MONTREAL- A national split is emerging on marijuana legalization that pits Ontario and eastern provinces opting for total control over pot sales against private retail regimes emerging in the West.

Philippines: When Trump Meets The Philippines' Duterte, 'Drug War'

November 10, 2017 - 3:00am
Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov 2017 - In President Rodrigo Duterte's Philippines, the police, with his explicit support, have killed thousands of alleged drug dealers and users without due process, some while they were in jail, or asleep, or at home with their families. They allegedly shot a 17-year-old while he was in custody, then dumped his remains in an alley. The youngest victim was 4. Human rights groups, the U.S. Congress, the European Union and the United Nations have all condemned Duterte's "war on drugs." Yet when President Trump meets Duterte in Manila, it probably won't enter the conversation.

CN ON: Employers Get Help To Prepare For Legal Pot

November 10, 2017 - 3:00am
The Observer, 10 Nov 2017 - A workshop to help employers get ready for coming changes in Canada's marijuana laws is being offered Nov. 21 in Sarnia. The half-day Cannabis and the Workplace session, set to begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Lambton College Residence and Event Centre, is being organized by the Sarnia Lambton Workplace Wellness steering committee.

CN AB: Important To Be Informed About Marijuana, SACPA Told

November 10, 2017 - 3:00am
Lethbridge Herald, 10 Nov 2017 - A discussion on medicinal marijuana, its uses and who is using it was the on the menu at the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs' weekly speakers series. Dr. Ife Abiola, medical director for the 420 Clinic, spoke on the drug and gave anecdotal information on many of the patents seen at the clinic.