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CN BC: Edu: Column: Long Overdue Legalization

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 07:00
The Capilano Courier, 10 Apr 2017 - What will happen to Canada's cannabis industry once the upcoming recreational laws take effect? There was a point in the earlier half of the 20th century that came to be known as the Prohibition Era. Alcohol, along with several other substances, became illegal under the thumb of the government of the time, turning it into a black market good until the ban was lifted in 1933. But, according to dispensary operator Ray Nikiel, the Prohibition seemed to move from one substance to another, with cannabis becoming illegal not long afterwards.

Canada: Canada To Speed Up Cannabis Production

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 12 Apr 2017 - Senior official says the federal government will announce a push to allow smaller marijuana producers to enter the market The federal government is getting ready to drastically speed up its licensing process to increase the numbers of companies that are authorized to produce marijuana for the recreational market that will open up in the first half of 2018, sources said.

CN BC: Edu: Column: Deadly Doping

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 07:00
The Capilano Courier, 10 Apr 2017 - FENTANYL AND WHAT'S BEING DONE TO COMBAT THE DEATH TOLL Knowing the signs of an overdose can save someone's life, especially with inconspicuous opioids like Fentanyl lurking in common street drugs. It begins with high-like symptoms - euphoria, relaxation and drowsiness, and cedes to shortened breath, a slowed heart rate and unconsciousness. The effects of Fentanyl set in quickly. The trouble is, anyone can fall prey because the opioid often goes undetected until it's too late.

CN ON: Bud-Tenders Plead Guilty

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 12 Apr 2017 - Pot shop sales staff confess to drug trafficking The first two of 29 Ottawa pot shops clerks charged in police raids have gone through the courts and received suspended sentences. Budtenders Sarah Scott and Joshua Zvonar pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of possession for the purpose of trafficking. They were arrested last November in the first Ottawa police sweep against illegal marijuana dispensaries, when six shops were raided in a single day.

CN ON: OPED: Stifle The 'Let's Party!' Message When Legalizing Pot

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 12 Apr 2017 - The government messaging regarding the legalization of recreational cannabis requires a delicate touch. A celebratory approach will give the impression of promoting use The federal government has committed to legalize the recreational use of marijuana and is expected to table legislation this week, before Parliament rises for its spring break. Are we ready for this? Does the government have a clear and consistent message for young people and their families?

Canada: Editorial: To Regulate Pot, Look At Tobacco And Booze

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 12 Apr 2017 - The Liberal government is about to introduce legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana. What's the best way to do that? That's what Ottawa has been puzzling over ever since the Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau, made their bold promise in the last election campaign. For answers, look at how Canada has succeeded, and failed, in dealing with another recreational product both popular and problematic for public health: tobacco.

CN ON: War Of Words On Weed

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 11 Apr 2017 - Government ponders ad restrictions on recreational cannabis The elegant white box shipped from the Tweed Inc. medical marijuana plant in Smiths Falls is stamped with a gold cannabis leaf that signals the dried bud inside is endorsed by Snoop Dogg himself.

CN ON: Marijuana Dispensary Reopens After Raid

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 07:00
The Record, 11 Apr 2017 - KITCHENER - Just weeks after it was raided by police and its employees carted away in handcuffs, an illegal marijuana dispensary is open again under a new name and "new management." The former Green Tree Medical Dispensary at 650 King St. E. in Kitchener was shut down March 10 as part of a police crackdown on the unregulated storefronts that have been popping up around the region.

Canada: Ottawa To Roll Out Cannabis Bill This Week

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 11 Apr 2017 - Government to table new legislation Thursday, but is still working to resolve issues such as packaging and impaired-driving penalties The federal government will table a bill to legalize recreational marijuana on Thursday that is expected to tightly control the ability of producers to market their products to the public, federal sources said.

CN BC: Services Save Lives, Says Interior Health Official

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 07 Apr 2017 - More drug users accessing care, says chief medical health officer Drug overdose deaths remain high, but Interior Health is reaching more drug users and saving more lives through its overdose prevention services, says chief medical health officer Dr. Trevor Corneil.

CN BC: Not Just Anywhere Could Go To Pot

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 07 Apr 2017 - Special zoning, prohibited areas proposed for sale of pot in Kelowna Pot shops could be banned along Bernard Avenue, Ellis Street and Pandosy Street even after the drug is legalized, Kelowna city council will hear Monday.

Canada: Marijuana Marketing: Alcohol Industry Calls For Restrictions

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 07 Apr 2017 - In Canadian ads, alcohol cannot be shown to enliven an otherwise dull party. Celebrities, athletes, or anyone who might be a role model to minors, are out. Actors can't be shown actually drinking the product, or even holding a half-empty glass. A game of "spin the bottle" is not acceptable. Ditto parties on a public beach. A couple at dinner cannot have a bottle of wine on the table - that would imply they are having more than one drink each.

CN AB: Column: The Minimum Age To Buy Pot Should Be 21, Not 18

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 09 Apr 2017 - The minimum age to buy and consume recreational marijuana should be set at 21 across Canada. The new provincial rules on weed should also ban anyone 22 years of age and under from having any trace of marijuana in their body while operating a motor vehicle.

CN ON: Column: Minimum Age To Buy Pot Should Be 21 A Not 18

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 09 Apr 2017 - The minimum age to buy and consume recreational marijuana should be set at 21 across Canada. The new provincial rules on weed should also ban anyone 22 years of age and under from having any trace of marijuana in their body while operating a motor vehicle.

Canada: Science Is Still Hazy As Legal Pot Looms

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 09 Apr 2017 - As Ottawa readies legislation, researchers say there are gaps in understanding its effect on brain After punching a string of numbers into a bolted-down, fireproof, alarm-protected safe - the location of which can't be divulged for security reasons - Steven Laviolette pulls out a tiny vial. Inside that vial is an even tinier dab of dark tar. The tar is purified THC, the mind-altering compound in marijuana.

Canada: Blair Whacks Weed Date

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 07 Apr 2017 - The Liberal government's point man on pot says Canada Day 2018 should not be about legalizing marijuana but about recognizing the country's history. Bill Blair, the parliamentary secretary to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, said Wednesday he's a proud Canadian who believes July 1 is a day to celebrate the country's birth "for that reason and that reason alone."

Canada: New Internal Trade Deal Ready For Legal Pot

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 07:00
Lethbridge Herald, 06 Apr 2017 - Governments across Canada will unveil an internal-trade agreement Friday designed to not only knock down domestic business barriers, but also lay the groundwork for talks to eventually establish a cross-country marijuana market. Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains says the long-awaited deal, meant to boost economic growth, will also establish a clear process to help provinces and territories regulate the trade of recreational pot.

CN ON: Canada Day 2018 Should Not Be About Legalizing Marijuana, Says

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 06 Apr 2017 - OTTAWA - The Liberal government's point man on pot says Canada Day 2018 should not be about legalizing marijuana but about recognizing the country's history. Bill Blair, the parliamentary secretary to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, said Wednesday he's a proud Canadian who believes July 1 is a day to celebrate the country's birth "for that reason and that reason alone."

CN ON: Editorial: Clear The Haze Soon Around Marijuana

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 07:00
Northumberland Today, 06 Apr 2017 - This July 1 is canada's big 150th birthday bash. But July 1, 2018, could be a more interesting celebration. That's the date, according to reports, when marijuana might finally be legal. In a weekend news leak that had the added benefit of diverting attention from an insipid federal budget, CBC reported the Liberal government will unveil its marijuana legalization bill in the next few weeks. Under it, federal authorities would take charge of licensing producers and regulating suppliers. It would set 18 as the minimum legal age for use, though provinces could set it higher.

CN ON: Ottawa's Pot Adviser Warns More Education Is Needed

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 05 Apr 2017 - Steps should be taken to prepare for legalization, task force co-chair says OTTAWA - Canada should immediately boost spending on intensive public education and research into the impacts of marijuana and not wait until 2018 when cannabis is legalized, says the co-chair of Ottawa's pot task force.

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