The Record, 12 Aug 2016 - TORONTO - Three years after sparking a firestorm of controversy, a notorious video featuring Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine was made public on Thursday, a move that angered the late Toronto mayor's family and drew mixed reactions from the public. The so-called "crack video" was released after the conclusion of a court case involving Ford's friend and driver Alexander (Sandro) Lisi, who faced an extortion charge related to efforts made to retrieve the clip.
The Journal-Pioneer, 12 Aug 2016 - At the request of the Canadian Medical Association, I recently completed a survey on the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Should marijuana be legalized for recreational use? It's hard to argue against the responsible use of a plant product which has been around for thousands of years and has been used as a social and personal lubricant since time immemorial.
The Daily Courier, 12 Aug 2016 - Kelowna Mayor Says City Is Pleased With Effort to Address Surge in Fatal Drug Overdoses Establishing a safe injection site in Kelowna will save lives, says Mayor Colin Basran. "We believe that safe consumption sites are part of the spectrum of care for people in our community," said Basran. "People are dying, and safe consumption sites will stop people from dying."
Globe and Mail, 12 Aug 2016 - The release of the long-awaited videos showing the late mayor of Toronto Rob Ford smoking crack may seem, in a way, like ancient history. The videos showing Mr. Ford are pathetic, and carry less shock value than they would have, had the evidence been released when the first headlines appeared in the spring of 2013. Yet no matter how inured we became to the spectacle that was the Ford mayoralty, it is worth reflecting on one lesson learned from the tale of these tapes. Amid the late-night comedy show appearances by Mr. Ford, and his wild mood swings in front of microphones, it is worth remembering the role that journalism played in this story. It took tenacity to discover the truth about Rob Ford.
Campbell River Mirror, 12 Aug 2016 - Sometime in the next year or two, marijuana will be legal for personal consumption in Canada. The federal government is currently working on the exact laws around this, but all indications so far point to it being produced, sold, and taxed much like alcohol, i.e. not sold to kids, sold through special outlets, taxed heavily.
The StarPhoenix, 12 Aug 2016 - Re: Four findings (SP Aug. 8): Instead of printing American pot propaganda, how about the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix provide Canadians with the scientific truths about the use of pot and the consequences on reproductive health.
Toronto 24hours, 12 Aug 2016 - Emery Pot Shop Reopens Less than 24 hours after cops raided Cannabis Culture in Leslieville, the reefer retailer - that openly sells weed to anyone over age 19 - reopened its doors. Jodie Emery - who owns the Cannabis Culture brand - flew in from the West Coast to help reopen the shop, which is operated by another person.
Penticton Herald, 12 Aug 2016 - Fines totalling $1,000 have so far failed to persuade the operator of a medical marijuana dispensary in Penticton to give up on the business of bud, which another South Okanagan community has now banned outright. "It's business as usual. People are coming by. Everybody's so happy that things are back to normal," said Jukka Laurio, owner of the Rush In and Finish Cafe on Westminster Avenue.
Toronto Sun, 12 Aug 2016 - Cannabis Culture Reopens Day After Cop Raid Less than 24 hours after police raided Cannabis Culture in Leslieville, the marijuana shop that openly sells weed to anyone over age 19 reopened its doors.
Toronto Star, 12 Aug 2016 - Classified Documents Warn Marijuana Legalization Could Cause Rise in Impaired Driving OTTAWA- Before proceeding with its pot-legalization agenda next spring, the Liberal government is promising to tackle the issue of drug-impaired driving, which bureaucrats say could spike considerably if marijuana becomes legal.
Globe and Mail, 12 Aug 2016 - Health Canada is easing its prohibitions against safety testing of medical marijuana, which will allow registered growers and patients to have the product scrutinized at federally certified laboratories to ensure it is safe. The federal government plans to legalize marijuana for recreational use next year, and the move will give added protection in an unregulated market to consumers, many of whom worry that some marijuana being sold as medicine could contain harmful contaminants.
The Now, 11 Aug 2016 - It's been more than a decade since North America's first legal supervised injection site opened its doors on the Downtown East Side and now debate is flying over whether Surrey should have its own. It should.
The Georgia Straight, 11 Aug 2016 - For several years, cannabis researchers have been zeroing in on the health benefits of a marijuana extract known as cannabidiol, a.k.a. CBD. It's long been believed that CBD does not get people stoned, unlike the plant's psychoactive and better-known extract, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. And it has been argued that this helps patients who might be seeking relief from pain and other conditions but who don't want to get high every time they take their medication.
NOW Magazine, 11 Aug 2016 - I understand the need to proceed with caution on marijuana legalization (NOW, August 3), but we passed that point more than 40 years ago. In 1972, the Le Dain Commission recommended cannabis be legalized and governed similar to alcohol. In 2002, 30 years later, the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs recommended a "regulatory approach to cannabis," and now we are told that in 2017 we will finally have a plan for legalization. Being cautious is one thing; taking almost half a century to take a step forward is ludicrous. Cannabis should be legal and regulated similar to tobacco and alcohol. Derek Snider - --- MAP posted-by: Matt
Langley Advance, 11 Aug 2016 - Dear Editor, Mr. Claxton recently raised some arguments surrounding our country's current drug enforcement laws. As he mentioned, it is indeed this government's intention to legalize the recreational usage and regulated production of marijuana. With legislation to be tabled in the spring of next year, the question of why the Liberal government has not immediately decriminalized possession and small-scale production is fair. I would like however, to address reasons that make such an action undesirable before government and law enforcement have had time to adjust to a new regime of drug enforcement.
Northumberland Today, 11 Aug 2016 - ALDERVILLE - A marijuana dispensary appears to be the first of its kind in Northumberland County. The store is called South Shore Wellness - Full Service Cannabis Dispensary and is located at 8987 on Hwy. 45 in Roseneath.
Vancouver Sun, 11 Aug 2016 - Re: Ottawa should warn Canadians about the risks of marijuana, Letters, Aug. 9. I have a seizure disorder that has robbed me of almost a decade of my life. After being on a dozen different anti-convulsants with little relief, I turned to cannabis with the hopes of decreasing my seizures and suffering less from the difficult side-effects my previous medications caused.
Sooke News Mirror, 10 Aug 2016 - Sooke mom Kate Karassev began an online petition last week asking Sooke council to consider regulating medical marijuana dispensaries here. Karassev's concerns are well founded. The City of Victoria is moving toward regulating marijuana dispensaries that have popped up on city streets. There are 38 known dispensaries known to operate in Victoria.
Ottawa Sun, 10 Aug 2016 - Business is booming for local marijuana dispensaries Jordan Chambers dropped in to the Weeds marijuana dispensary on Montreal Road recently and bought a package of cannabis-infused chocolate turtles and two coconut dreamy bars.
Toronto Star, 10 Aug 2016 - Danforth shop already plans to reopen in the future As governments lay groundwork for legal recreational pot next spring, Toronto police keep raiding medicinal marijuana dispensaries and want the public to help them continue.