Vancouver Courier, 06 May 2015 - Let me begin with a message from the Government of Canada. "Like the vast majority of Canadians, the government expects that police will enforce the laws of Canada as written." I pulled that quote out of a letter sent April 28 to city councillors from federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney.
Vancouver Courier, 06 May 2015 - Perhaps the biggest indication that the bloom of youth has started to fade in earnest comes when you catch yourself having decidedly NIMBYist thoughts. Such has been the persuasion of my interior dialogue regarding the marijuana dispensaries that have invaded Vancouver like so many psychedelic dandelions.
Sudbury Star, 06 May 2015 - Sudbury Judges Tosses Out Evidence Improperly Obtained in Grow Op Case A Sudbury judge has tossed out evidence against a man accused of running a marijuana grow operation because Greater Sudbury Police officers failed to properly obtain a search warrant.
Metro, 06 May 2015 - 'We're not doing anything illegal,' Wayne Robillard says The owner of BuzzOn, Ottawa's new vapour lounge, is accusing police of trying to intimidate his customers. Wayne Robillard told reporters at city hall on Wednesday that police have stopped in three times since he opened on April 20 and asked customers for ID. Officers confiscated one person's marijuana, he said.
Vancouver Sun, 05 May 2015 - Regulate, tax marijuana and use money to pay for health care Re: Ottawa out of step with Canadians' views toward pot, Opinion, April 28 We get the same old, same old, "war on drugs" from Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose, who wants to go to war with the city of Vancouver for proposing to regulate cannabis dispensaries. She's firing missives at a modern-day approach to dealing with drug issues the same day the low-level gang war with its shootings continues in Surrey.
Toronto Star, 05 May 2015 - Blistering ruling on improper car search sends a message to police about Charter rights York Regional Police investigators believed Dennis Rawlings was carrying ketamine in his car, but they didn't want to stop him on a drug offence for fear of disrupting an entire investigation.
Toronto Star, 05 May 2015 - Charges have been dropped against the Markham marijuana grow operator whose house was raided after a Peel police officer used misleading information to obtain a search warrant and lied about his investigation. Last month, Superior Court Judge Gordon Lemon ruled that Peel police Const. Aamer Merchant "misled" a justice of the peace to obtain the warrant, then "lied" about his investigation on the stand. On Monday, the federal Crown dropped charges of producing and possessing cannabis for the purpose of trafficking because there was no reasonable prospect of conviction without the evidence collected.
Globe and Mail, 04 May 2015 - With cannabis businesses multiplying, tickets for bylaw offences and suspensions or revocations of licences are needed, city staff say The City of Victoria should crack down on marijuana businesses in the community because their numbers are increasing in B.C.'s capital and some are exposing youth to the drug, says a staff report.
Globe and Mail, 04 May 2015 - The effectiveness of marijuana in suppressing chronic pain, reducing nausea in chemotherapy patients and controlling muscle spasms, among other things, has allowed proponents to label the narcotic as a medicine. That branding is now paying dividends for drug retailers in Vancouver, where a growing number of pot shops are opening, billing themselves as "medical marijuana dispensaries."
Ottawa Sun, 03 May 2015 - Vapour lounge draws activists, medical marijuana users - and opinions The clock strikes 4:20 p.m. on a sun-baked Friday afternoon in the capital, and the patrons of Ottawa's most buzzworthy new establishment take notice.
London Free Press, 02 May 2015 - Emergencies Soar As the Drug's Use Here Becomes Rampant Drug overdose calls to 911 in London are skyrocketing, with paramedics responding to more than three times the calls they fielded only two years ago, The Free Press has learned. Since January this year, paramedics have dealt with 251 drug overdoses - that's an average of more than two a day, and more than triple the number of calls during the same period in 2013. "Saddened" by the dramatic spike, the region's medical officer of health says the numbers prove London agencies need to start working differently and together to support addicts.
Toronto Sun, 02 May 2015 - Re "Blair cops to political ambitions" (Kevin Connor and Joe Warmington, April 27): Complete shocker that someone with the integrity displayed by former police chief Bill Blair his entire career would announce he was going to attempt to win the Liberal nomination and then run in a riding in which he has never lived. Then he follows that up with turning his back on police brethren nationwide by proclaiming he's in favour of legalizing marijuana. A man who not only ran Toronto's drug squad, but trained other drug enforcement officers in other jurisdictions. Perhaps he should have taken some time to decide his next career move. Jumping into bed with Junior Trudeau just seems so wrong on so many levels. Mike O'Hearn Scarborough
Globe and Mail, 02 May 2015 - Many people strolling bohemian Commercial Drive simply smirked as they saw the dispensary's sidewalk sandwich board advertising its "grand reopening" with the offer of a free joint or pot cookie. Some climbed the stairs, passed the prominent "No Minors" sign and stepped inside Health Lifestyle's second-floor shop, where friendly staff were busy restocking the shelves Friday afternoon with glass bongs and a variety of buds, butters and edibles. The dispensary planned to hand out a free joint or cookie to any member over this weekend to celebrate reopening after a Feb. 5 police raid.
Vancouver Sun, 01 May 2015 - Re: Marc Emery? Call him irresponsible, Column, April 25 Shelley Fralic writes "marijuana is but another diversionary vice - like alcohol and cigarettes and opium." Well, no. Those three "diversions" are very addictive and all too frequently quite deadly. Marijuana is in quite another category. Fralic suggests marijuana users are "artificially anaesthetized." Alcohol is an anesthetic. It dulls the senses. Marijuana, on the contrary, produces an increased awareness of sensation.
Ottawa Sun, 01 May 2015 - I'm a 50-year-old regular user of marijuana and the last thing I want to do is come across as a whiner. However, I have to say that the title you chose for your piece on the weed lounge (HelloOccifer) was inaccurate. The largest problem we users of "dope" face is the lack of knowledge by those who are non-users and those against legalization. Your joke would only apply to alcohol users, since marijuana doesn't make you slur your words. (At least not when it's used on it's own.)
The Observer, 01 May 2015 - SHOULD MARIJUANA BE LEGALIZED? The other day as I scrolled through my Facebook the usual advertisements popped up, but I also saw numerous references to 420, April 20. Now I'm not sure how that time/day was chosen, but similar to people drinking and saying, "It's five o'clock somewhere," a 420 culture has developed surrounding marijuana.
Vancouver Sun, 01 May 2015 - Re: Marc Emery? Call him irresponsible, Column, April 25 Shelley Fralic has it right. While I support legalizing marijuana, Marc Emery's comments regarding teen use of marijuana are dangerous and damning.
Vancouver Sun, 01 May 2015 - Re: Marc Emery? Call him irresponsible, Column, April 25 Shelley Fralic scorns Marc Emery's opinion that fast cars, alcohol and athletics might cause more harm to teens than marijuana use. But, given the statistics for death and injuries from street-racing, downtown's alcohol-driven "entertainment district," and hockey concussions, his point seems valid.
Kamloops This Week, 01 May 2015 - Editor: Many of us may have read Michael Smyth's column, Culture of Silence, in the Province newspaper. There was also coverage on television news.
Vancouver Courier, 01 May 2015 - The public will have a say in the city's proposal to regulate the growing number of marijuana dispensaries in Vancouver after city council decided Tuesday to send the issue to public hearing. The move, which is unprecedented by a Canadian municipal government, came after city manager Penny Ballem outlined a series of regulations to ensure the city has some control over the 85 pot shops.