Toronto Star, 24 Apr 2017 - Ex-soldiers tell trade show how natural drug has helped them battle war's after-effects Trev Bungay says the horror began in 1998 when he was among Canadian soldiers scouring the beaches of Nova Scotia in cleanup operations after the crash of a Swissair jet just off the Atlantic coast.
The Daily Courier, 24 Apr 2017 - Last week, the Liberal government introduced the much anticipated marijuana legalization bill, technically known as Bill C-45, The Cannabis Act. First let me state that the Liberals clearly campaigned on legalizing marijuana and I have heard from several citizens who indicated this was one of the primary reasons they voted Liberal in the last election. I mention this point as I believe the Liberal government does have a democratic mandate to move forward with this legislation.
Winnipeg Sun, 23 Apr 2017 - The federal government's proposed bill for legalizing marijuana expands police powers, sets new mandatory penalties for illegal possession, and boosts prison sentences for lawbreakers. That all sounds pretty tough. But the legislation also downloads some difficult decision-making on to provincial authorities, and from there on to municipalities and local police. That part's going to be tougher.
Toronto Star, 23 Apr 2017 - So the federal government is planning to permit the marijuana industry to advertise. The question is why? If people want to smoke marijuana, that is all well and good. However, to allow advertising will only have the effect of increasing the number of people who partake.
Toronto Star, 23 Apr 2017 - World-class athletes attend Toronto cannabis trade show Anyone hoping to find a stoner scene worthy of a Jeff Spiccoli pipe dream at the conference would be disappointed There can't be much that better illustrates the mainstreaming of cannabis in North American culture than an industry "trade show" at which two world-class athletes endorse the product and muse about a day when pot companies will sponsor pro sports arenas. With the Liberal government promising to legalize marijuana by Canada Day 2018, the era of marijuana prohibition is over, Olympic gold medallist Ross Rebagliati told the O'Cannabiz Conference and Expo in Toronto on Saturday.
Toronto Star, 23 Apr 2017 - To all the young people who are looking forward to enjoying pot after it becomes legal next year, I have a warning. The U.S. does not recognize pot as legal and you will be asked when crossing the border if you have ever smoked pot. If you tell the truth and say "yes," you may be barred from the U.S. for life. If you lie and say "no," you will have lied to a border guard and, if discovered, may be barred for life. I sure hope that you like winter. Edward A. Collis, Burlington - --- MAP posted-by: Matt
Ottawa Citizen, 22 Apr 2017 - Seeing some of the reaction to the Liberal government's proposed legislation to legalize marijuana, you may think marijuana users are unhappy with how things are unfolding. I don't think that's necessarily true. Although a majority of Canadians support legalization, there are many who do not.
Ottawa Citizen, 22 Apr 2017 - Drugs should be used as a last option. By making cannabis more available, we are promoting it as a first option. Dr. John Goodhew, who supports cannabis use for therapeutic applications, such as pain, says it can be difficult for physicians to filter out those who want the drug just to get high.
Ottawa Citizen, 22 Apr 2017 - Re: Pot plan means harsher laws and punishment, April 18. Jodie Emery's past advocacy on behalf of legalization is laudable, but now, on the verge of victory, it appears that Emery and her husband, Marc, are doing more harm than good.
Toronto Sun, 22 Apr 2017 - Re "Trudeau's pot law makes it open season on all drivers" (Mark Bonokoski, April 18): When Justin Trudeau was asked about the make-up of his cabinet (50% men and 50% women), his reply was "Because it's 2015." After reviewing the new powers handed to police contained within the legalization of marijuana, perhaps his retort to a question on this matter should be "Because it's 1984." Scott T. Steel
Toronto Star, 22 Apr 2017 - Canada's best-known marijuana activists emerged from a Toronto court appearance vowing to hit the road on a national tour demanding true pot legalization, not "prohibition 2.0." Jodie and Marc Emery face charges including pot possession and possession for the purpose of trafficking after police raided their Cannabis Culture shops in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver.
Medicine Hat News, 22 Apr 2017 - The right prices and levels of taxation must be set. If they're too low, people might be tempted to overindulge. If they're too high, criminals will provide cheaper alternatives. In case you missed it, the federal government has just sown the seeds for a full-blown social revolution in Canada.
Winnipeg Free Press, 21 Apr 2017 - Marijuana enthusiasts gather to celebrate annual holiday in haze of smoke THE rain may have thinned the crowds - and clouds of smoke - at the Winnipeg 4/20 celebration Thursday, but cannabis supporters still kept their spirits high and their joints lit.
Winnipeg Free Press, 21 Apr 2017 - JUSTICE Minister Heather Stefanson looked out her legislature building window Thursday with dismay at how many young people were on the lawn smoking up. "It does disturb me how many young people were out there today," Stefanson told reporters.
Ottawa Citizen, 21 Apr 2017 - In reading some opinion pieces, I can't help but think people miss the point of marijuana legalization. Ninety-four years ago, we tried to legislate our way out of this problem. That attempt clearly failed, as Canada remains one of the largest consumers of cannabis globally. The point, then, is we need to try something different. All the conversation about youth, crime, health, and consumption rates are secondary issues.
Toronto Star, 21 Apr 2017 - People celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, though they're inevitable. Since you never know the precise moment of a WHAM, it should be worth a cheer Deep social change happens so slowly it looks like nothing is happening. Not just over years, but decades, maybe longer. Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing. Then, WHAM. The imminent legalization of (non-medical) marijuana is a perfect example. Its perfectness even has a generational, father to son, symmetry.
Globe and Mail, 21 Apr 2017 - Covering every detail in legislation would give the system little flexibility to adapt, and may set it up for failure The Liberal government's cannabis legislation has drawn condemnation and praise. Whether they approve or not, many observers criticize the lack of details on essential aspects of legalization. Legislative lapses include details on where cannabis will be sold, packaging, advertising and how it will be taxed. While such gaps may appear to be weaknesses, they actually demonstrate the legislation's strength.
The Standard, 21 Apr 2017 - Former prime minister Stephen Harper started the ball rolling, and present Prime Minister Justin (Pierre Jr.) Trudeau picked up on it and looks like he's going to run with it, legalizing marijuana. As if we haven't got enough problems with drinking, driving, texting and myriad other distractions to keep people "safe from harm."
London Free Press, 21 Apr 2017 - As legalization looms, Raymond David recalls how pot possession charge changed his life For more than four decades, a drug possession conviction has put limits on Raymond David's life. David, 58, said he was charged with possession of marijuana when he was 17 after he was caught with around 15 grams of pot.
Nelson Star, 21 Apr 2017 - Nelson-Creston candidate calls federal legislation announcement 'draconian' The stakes are high. Members of the Kootenay craft cannabis community are worried federal legalization will leave them out in the cold, and are concerned the new laws will be invasive and draconian - leading some to dub the Cannabis Act "Prohibition 2.0."