Toronto Sun, 10 Mar 2017 - Cop raids on pot shops catch staff by surprise "Oh great." That's the first thought 26-year-old Rebecca said she had when she saw police officers enter the Cannabis Culture store on Queen St., near Broadview, in a Thursday morning raid that targeted the chain of dispensaries nationwide.
Globe and Mail, 10 Mar 2017 - Following arrests of Marc and Jodie Emery, police target shops even as Ottawa prepares for legalization Police officers in several Canadian cities raided illegal marijuana dispensaries linked to activists Marc and Jodie Emery on Thursday, charging them and several others with drug offences as part of an investigation led by Toronto police.
Metro, 10 Mar 2017 - Activist couple arrested in Toronto, face 15 drug charges Vancouver police raided Cannabis Culture, headquarters of marijuana activists Marc and Jodie Emery, Thursday morning at the request of Toronto police.
Metro, 10 Mar 2017 - City report addresses marijuana dispensaries The city is getting a head start on preparing for the expected growth of legal pot shops in Edmonton, but at least one business owner eyeing a future store wants more answers.
Vancouver 24hours, 09 Mar 2017 - Plans are well under way for this year's 4/20 pot party. Organizers have begun booking booths for this year's event even though the Vancouver Park Board has denied the group a special event permit. Just like last year, the Park Board has been stuck in an extremely difficult position - forced by the mayor's inaction to put up with a 4/20 party they haven't sanctioned while the federal government constantly teeters on the verge of legalizing marijuana.
The Daily Press, 09 Mar 2017 - Timmins teen selected as the national rep for a you advisory board for D.A.R.E. in the U.S. . A young Timmins woman has been selected as the first ever Canadian to join the national youth advisory board for D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) in the United States. Alexya Racicot, a 16-year-old student of Ecole secondaire catholique Theriault, will soon be travelling to Hawaii and also to Texas to help advise and shape D.A.R.E. programs in the future. The Timmins teenager was the star of a news conference at the Timmins Police Service headquarters Wednesday where D.A.R.E. coordinator Const. Rick Lemieux explained that the program in the United States includes a Youth Advisory Board that is comprised of 50 young people, one person from each state.
The Georgia Straight, 09 Mar 2017 - The leader of the B.C. Green party has said that the fentanyl crisis is a reason for Canada to have a national debate about legalizing drugs, including heroin. "This is a very important discussion that we need to have," Andrew Weaver told the Straight. "If you want to deal with organized crime in the drug area, legalization is the way forward. But we're not ready for that here in Canada yet."
Ottawa Sun, 08 Mar 2017 - On his recent Western road trip, the prime minister stated that the impending legalization of marijuana will take money out of gangs' pockets. These are criminals he is talking about, and true to their nature they will continue with illegal (tax-free) money-making activities. Most likely gangs will intensify their efforts towards further introducing and increasing sales of highly profitable opioids and crack to our most vulnerable residents, thus replacing their pot-related income that the prime minister "took out of their pockets."
Nelson Star, 08 Mar 2017 - Nelson council voted in favour of final adoption of its medical cannabis business licence bylaw as well as its cannabis business zoning amendment bylaw on Monday night, stating that the bylaws will be in place until the federal government brings in regulations. Mayor Deb Kozak said council has spent an inordinate amount of time discussing this.
Globe and Mail, 08 Mar 2017 - Two years before Canada's medical-marijuana sector became embroiled in a tainted cannabis scare, the trade organization representing the majority of commercial growers explored using banned pesticides on their products, according to newly obtained documents. Meeting minutes and confidential e-mails sent in 2015 to more than a dozen companies on the subject, show that some industry members supported using prohibited chemicals such as myclobutanil - a pesticide that produces hydrogen cyanide when combusted and can lead to serious health problems.
Haida Gwaii Observer, 08 Mar 2017 - Village of Queen Charlotte surveys residents ahead of marijuana legalization Queen Charlotte is asking how residents want local marijuana businesses to take shape once the drug is legal. The village recently launched an online survey asking what marijuana-based business people might support, what concerns they may have, and also whether they are keen to get started in the industry.
Goldstream Gazette, 08 Mar 2017 - Given the number of overdose deaths recorded on the West Shore, around Greater Victoria and across B.C., most would agree that the fentanyl-fuelled health crisis here has reached a critical stage. The potency of this drug, often contained within such substances as heroin or available in pill form, has caught many people by surprise, from the users themselves to the emergency responders who must attend to them when things go terribly wrong.
Victoria Times-Colonist, 08 Mar 2017 - I am amused as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau solemnly expresses his sorrow at the vast number of deaths from opioids as he rushes to pass legislation legalizing marijuana, known by thousands to be the entry-level drug. Anything for votes. Disgraceful.
Globe and Mail, 08 Mar 2017 - As investors flock to Canada's burgeoning marijuana sector, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government is signalling recreational pot sales aren't imminent. Member of Parliament Bill Blair - the former Toronto police chief leading Mr. Trudeau's legalization effort - confirmed a bill is due in Parliament this spring, but it won't be the last hurdle as ample regulatory work remains. The federal government will take its time and work with provinces, territories and cities to build a framework and develop specific regulations, he said.
Metro, 07 Mar 2017 - Organizers say the rally will go ahead anyway Vancouver's Park Board has rejected an application for a special event permit for this year's 4/20 rally at Sunset Beach. Last year's unlicensed rally, which attracted at least 25,000 people to Vancouver's waterfront, was unlicensed and drew criticism from the park board chair who said the event was "unwanted and would not be welcomed back in 2017."
The Chatham Daily News, 07 Mar 2017 - While it seems out of context for a career progressive, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has gone law-and-order rogue in his quest to stem the plague of fentanyl overdoses and deaths in the nation's capital. He wants manslaughter charges laid against drug dealers if the illicit narcotics they peddle end up causing death. And he is not wrong in wanting this. The time is now to stop whistling past the graveyard, and ignoring the fact there is a fentanyl crisis that is not going away anytime soon - aided by the fact the lethal drug, 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin, is being laced into counterfeit pain killers disguised as known prescription narcotics of specific strengths.
Winnipeg Sun, 05 Mar 2017 - While it seems out of context for a career progressive, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has gone law-and-order rogue in his quest to stem the plague of fentanyl overdoses and deaths in the nation's capital. He wants manslaughter charges laid against drug dealers if the illicit narcotics they peddle end up causing death.
Edmonton Sun, 05 Mar 2017 - While it seems out of context for a career progressive, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has gone law-and-order rogue in his quest to stem the plague of fentanyl overdoses and deaths in the nation's capital. He wants manslaughter charges laid against drug dealers if the illicit narcotics they peddle end up causing death.
Toronto Sun, 05 Mar 2017 - Drug counterfeiters using fentanyl getting away with murder While it seems out of context for a career progressive, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has gone law-and-order rogue in his quest to stem the plague of fentanyl overdoses and deaths in the nation's capital.
Toronto Sun, 05 Mar 2017 - The Fentanyl issue will more than likely be broached when Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson meets with Premier Kathleen Wynne on Monday. Officials from Watson's office confirmed Friday that while Monday's meeting will largely involve a chat about Ottawa's high-tech sector, the Fentanyl issue is almost certain to come up given the potentially deadly opioid has been at the centre of recent fatal overdoses in the nation's capital. "It's something (the mayor) might bring up, yes," said Watson's spokesman Livia Belcea.