Campbell River Mirror, 21 Sep 2016 - City council is considering allowing marijuana production facilities to set up shop in Campbell River. At its Monday meeting, council gave first and second reading to a zoning amendment bylaw that would permit industrial medical marijuana production plants in specific areas of the city.
Hamilton Spectator, 21 Sep 2016 - Moral dilemmas, NIMBY-ism and budgets pose obstacles Coun. Donna Skelly was curious what safe injection places for drug addicts look like. So Dr. Jessica Hopkins, Hamilton associate medical officer of health, drew her attention to slides of the Insite facility in Vancouver, one of two legally operating injection sites in Canada, both in Gastown.
Sentinel Review, 20 Sep 2016 - I believe that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's plan to decriminalize and regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana is correct and should be applied to other drugs as well, like cocaine, for example. I feel this way not because I am in favour of drug use (I wouldn't dream of using these substances myself ), but because an iron-fisted "war on drugs" attempt to eradicate drug use doesn't work and is counterproductive, in the sense that greater problems are caused by making drugs illegal than by the effects of the drugs themselves.
Hamilton Spectator, 20 Sep 2016 - Crack pipes, overdose kits also get panel's OK Hamilton will join the vanguard of Ontario cities studying whether to give drug users a legal, supervised site to inject opioids such as heroin. The board of health voted Monday to study supervised injection sites - so long as the cost fits within the 2017 budget.
Toronto Sun, 19 Sep 2016 - Activists want pot treated like beer, tobacco When the feds finally roll out their plan to legalize marijuana, advocates want to see home-grown weed treated like tobacco or alcohol. The Toronto Sun spoke with several cannabis advocates who cited the need for laws that allow people to grow pot at home - similar to those permitting the cultivating of tobacco or the brewing of beer for personal use.
Toronto Sun, 19 Sep 2016 - Pot use is on the increase among adults. A recent U.S. study found that for the first time since at least 2002, middle-aged Americans are more likely to smoke marijuana than teens. And here in Ontario, Dr. Robert Mann, of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), says they're seeing more people over the age of 18 sparking up the green, as well.
Ottawa Sun, 19 Sep 2016 - Marijuana shops struggling with image, lack of regulation Two of Ottawa's most popular pot shops have closed after Canada Post intercepted shipments of marijuana mailed to them from B.C. Don Briere, the president of the B.C.-based Weeds Glass & Gifts chain, says he hopes his dispensaries on Bank Street and Montreal Road will reopen if he can figure out a way to ship the dried weed, cannabis-laced brownies, candy, concentrates and other merchandise across the country. Weeds buys the products from growers and "bakers" in B.C.
Edmonton Sun, 17 Sep 2016 - People get twitchy when you start talking about safe injection sites. A clean, safe spot where needle drug users can use needle drugs. Vancouver's still the only spot in the country but that could be changing if the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta gets their way.
Victoria Times-Colonist, 17 Sep 2016 - Re: "More marijuana research needed," editorial, Sept. 13. It should come as no surprise that the Medical Cannabis Research Roundtable is calling for more funding for cannabis research. The usual bottom line on most cannabis studies - and there have been thousands of them - is that more research and research grants are warranted.
Penticton Herald, 17 Sep 2016 - City politicians, never shy about demanding more money from beleaguered taxpayers, are now trying to get a cut of future cannabis taxes. In last year's Liberal election platform, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to legalize marijuana, touting a "new system of strict marijuana sales and distribution, with appropriate federal and provincial excise taxes applied."
The Peterborough Examiner, 17 Sep 2016 - Richard Standen, the owner of the Cannabis Culture at 382 George St. in downtown Peterborough, walked away from court on bail Friday afternoon after being arrested in a city police raid Thursday. Standen didn't say whether he's reopening the store.
Medicine Hat News, 17 Sep 2016 - Sometimes we hear or read things in the news that are simply questionable. Then we read further and realize that, yes, someone actually did this or said that, or accomplished this or that. And our understanding of the world grows, and our credulity is assigned new standards. There have been many of these kinds of stories in the news lately. I'm not referring to the apparently endless crassness, ignorance, maliciousness, and world endangering policies of Donald Trump here. Nor am I referring to the strange questionnaire issued by federal Conservative leadership hopeful, Kellie Leitch, about whether immigrants should be vetted for "anti-Canadian values." (What would these values be? Who decides?)
London Free Press, 16 Sep 2016 - Cops say drug scourge, trend-busting 2015 spike in thefts from vehicles downtown may be linked As crime drops in London, one offence is stubbornly bucking the trend in some areas of the city and defying its nationwide decline. Police believe they know what's driving that.
Globe and Mail, 16 Sep 2016 - A judge has ruled that British Columbia's Civil Forfeiture Office cannot seize assets unless they are tied to unlawful activity, a decision that a lawyer in the case says is an important precedent. The case began in November, 2015, when the forfeiture office began an attempt to seize property from several people charged in an RCMP investigation into a marijuana trafficking network one month earlier. The office - a government agency that has been criticized for its aggressive attempts to seize homes, vehicles and cash connected to criminal offences, even from people who have not been convicted or charged - named six of the men who were charged as defendants in the civil-forfeiture case.
Winnipeg Free Press, 15 Sep 2016 - Price, availability, addictiveness appeal to young people, police say THE city's youth are fuelling a surge in methamphetamine use because it's a cheaper way to get a long-lasting high. In fact, "because of its affordability, addictive nature and accessibility, the methamphetamine user base in Winnipeg has increased significantly over a few short years, allowing traffickers to prosper," the Winnipeg Police Service said in a statement.
Chilliwack Times, 15 Sep 2016 - City politicians, never shy about demanding more money from beleaguered taxpayers, are now trying to get a cut of future cannabis taxes. In last year's Liberal election platform, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to legalize marijuana, touting a "new system of strict marijuana sales and distribution, with appropriate federal and provincial excise taxes applied."
The Peterborough Examiner, 15 Sep 2016 - Lineups at city's first storefront marijuana store, even though police say it's illegal A new marijuana shop that has been swamped with customers since opening on George St. N. on Friday is operating illegally, say city police.
Toronto Star, 15 Sep 2016 - Critics say slow approach to legalization is creating a Wild West atmosphere All three major provincial political party leaders agree that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to clear the haze swirling around marijuana legalization.
Toronto Star, 15 Sep 2016 - The Durham cop allowed by his force to co-own a controversial marijuana company gave thousands of dollars in sponsorship money to a soccer team run by the senior police official whose department vetted his pot shop ownership application. Chief administrative officer Stan MacLellan oversees Durham police's human resources unit, which handled the request from veteran Const. Phil Edgar to co-own Living On Inc., a medical weed shop located in Port Perry.
Victoria Times-Colonist, 15 Sep 2016 - Re: "More marijuana research needed," editorial, Sept. 13. The editorial on legalizing marijuana is good as far as it goes, but omits one of the most important issues: driving under the influence. It makes no sense to legalize pot before we put in place laws and testing procedures similar to those we have for driving under the influence of alcohol. This has proven to be a big problem in Colorado and is compounded by the fact that many users combine the use of marijuana and alcohol.