Toronto Star, 18 Jun 2016 - Province starts studying distribution details, as well as how sales would work The Ontario government is quietly gearing up for legalized marijuana sales, the Star has learned. With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set to allow recreational cannabis use as early as next year, Queen's Park has begun work on how distribution and retailing will eventually be handled.
Ottawa Sun, 18 Jun 2016 - PM Rushing to Force His Vision on Country In the eight months that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has ruled Canada, he has already left an indelible imprint upon this land. With so-called "democratic reform" he aims to make that impression even more evident.
Toronto Star, 17 Jun 2016 - As an epidemiologist and a parent, I am perplexed with the recent momentum toward legalizing marijuana. Of all the arguments I have heard, I have yet to hear any that are compelling enough to remove the drug from prescription status. One argument I have heard is that marijuana is harmless. This argument ignores the fact that numerous studies have reported harm in peer-reviewed academic journals. A summary of the evidence, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2014, concluded, "Marijuana use has been associated with substantial adverse effects, some of which have been determined with a high level of confidence." Some of those effects were addiction to marijuana and other substances, motor vehicle accidents and chronic bronchitis.
Metro, 17 Jun 2016 - Marijuana Advocates Rail Against 'Waste of Tax Dollars' Three of the 17 medical marijuana dispensaries named in injunction applications filed by the City of Vancouver last month have voluntarily closed down and more injunctions are coming by the end of the month, according to councillor Kerry Jang.
Victoria Times-Colonist, 16 Jun 2016 - Re: "Decriminalization of pot nixed," June 14. Jody Wilson-Raybould, the federal justice minister and attorney general, would rather give criminal records and punishments to those who smoke pot before it is officially legalized. Her reasons for this are not valid.
Metro, 16 Jun 2016 - Applications being led to help stem drug overdoses Vancouver Coastal Health will soon file applications for five new supervised injection sites in response to the shocking spike in overdose deaths, council heard Wednesday.
Toronto Sun, 16 Jun 2016 - If not for stepping out for a coffee, my oldest nephew, Jay, would have been among the nearly 100 arrested in the coordinated police raids of 43 storefront Toronto pot dispensaries at the end of May. Instead, he got grainy smartphone footage of the takedown of the dispensary where he works as a clerk - footage taken from across the street of police with guns drawn, of his co-workers in handcuffs, and even a "patient" in a wheelchair being cuffed as well.
Alberni Valley News, 16 Jun 2016 - The Alberni Valley is home to a second licensed medical marijuana dispensary that officially opened its doors for business on June 1. Leaf Compassion Cannabis Dispensary, located at 5069 Johnston Rd, aims to provide safe access to medical grade, laboratory tested cannabis products.
Winnipeg Sun, 16 Jun 2016 - If not for stepping out for a coffee, my oldest nephew, Jay, would have been among the nearly 100 arrested in the coordinated police raids of 43 storefront Toronto pot dispensaries at the end of May. Instead, he got grainy smartphone footage of the takedown of the dispensary where he works as a clerk - footage taken from across the street of police with guns drawn, of his co-workers in handcuffs, and even a "patient" in a wheelchair being cuffed as well.
Ottawa Sun, 16 Jun 2016 - If not for stepping out for a coffee, my oldest nephew, Jay, would have been among the nearly 100 arrested in the coordinated police raids of 43 storefront Toronto pot dispensaries at the end of May. Instead, he got grainy smartphone footage of the takedown of the dispensary where he works as a clerk - footage taken from across the street of police with guns drawn, of his co-workers in handcuffs, and even a "patient" in a wheelchair being cuffed as well.
Metro, 15 Jun 2016 - Advocate plans to file complaint if shop closed The founder of a marijuana vapour lounge on Montreal Road said he "absolutely" expects to be targeted by city bylaw when the province updates its smoking regulations.
The News, 15 Jun 2016 - Entrenched, partisan mentality is one of the worst things about our political institutions. The federal Liberals - despite claims of a progressive attitude toward governing - are demonstrating they're just as capable of it as the rest. With the legalization of marijuana still on the agenda, the Liberals rejected a motion from the NDP this week to - in the meantime - decriminalize simple possession leading up to the law change.
London Free Press, 15 Jun 2016 - New stats on HIV and Hepatitis C among drug users backs calls for safe injection sites Those pushing to build safe injection sites in London seized upon stats Tuesday that show an epidemic of HIV and Hepatitis C among drug users in the city.
Globe and Mail, 15 Jun 2016 - The manufacturing equipment required to produce fentanyl-laced drugs for the street isn't much to look at: A tabletop pill press and a kitchen blender are enough to process an online order of opioids. The set-up fits easily inside a small utility trailer and can churn out 18,000 counterfeit Oxycontin tablets in one hour. But the drugs produced in these tiny, mobile labs also pose a risk to police, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency crews. A couple of grains, which can be absorbed on skin contact, can be lethal.
Chronicle Herald, 15 Jun 2016 - A few drops of cannabis oil on the tongue could mean the difference between life and death for young Morgan Oulton. Now aged 12, the Kentville girl has had life-long epilepsy, recently suffering severe grand mal seizures that once sent her to hospital and another time nearly drowned her in a bathtub. She has lived in a Yarmouth care facility for nine months, has autism, cognitive and behavioural problems, and is considered a flight risk.
Metro, 15 Jun 2016 - Ontario's new attorney general says Ottawa should heed the advice of its top doctor, who is publicly urging the city to support supervised injection sites. In his first interview since Monday's cabinet shuffle, Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi expressed support for the controversial sites as a means to reduce harm to drug addicts.
Metro, 15 Jun 2016 - City establishes rules for clinics prescribing marijuana Calgary has now begun regulating marijuana counselling services, sparking debate over fears of what the pot-peddling establishments could become.
Surrey Leader, 15 Jun 2016 - Most Overdose Fatalities Tied to Fentanyl New statistics show 308 B.C. residents died of illicit drug overdoses in the first four months of 2016, up 75 per cent from the 176 deaths in the same January to May period of 2015.
Metro, 14 Jun 2016 - Decriminalizing would profit gangs, Liberals argue A lone Liberal MP from Toronto broke ranks with his party during a pot debate Monday, lending his support to a New Democrat motion to decriminalize the drug until it becomes legal next year.
Orlando Sentinel, 14 Jun 2016 - Pot of Gold Seen If Full Legalization Wins OK in 2017 OTTAWA, Ontario - Colorado and Washington state may have jumped ahead in the race to become North America's marijuana kings, but Canada is now positioned to take a lead in the multibillion-dollar industry.