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Canada: Clearing The Air On Cannabis

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 08:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 18 Nov 2017 - THE flurry of news articles on the upcoming legalization of cannabis is everywhere, and seems to be creating substantial fear among most employers. Much of this fear, of course, is about having to deal with the unknown. For instance, will recreational cannabis use increase among employees and how will this impact the workplace? What about medical marijuana? Are employers ready for this new challenge? Will current policies stand the test against cannabis?
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Chronicle AM: First Marijuana Overdose Death Reports are Bogus, Canada Legalization Plans, More... (11/17/17)

Canada (STDW) - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 22:52

The reports of the first marijuana overdose death are unscientific hype, Canada's provinces try varying paths toward dealing with legal marijuana, and more.

[image:1 align:right caption:true]Marijuana Policy

First Marijuana Overdose Death? Not So Fast. A case report about a Colorado infant who died after being exposed to marijuana generated numerous headlines about "the first marijuana overdose death" this week, but those headlines misstated the findings. "We are absolutely not saying that marijuana killed that child," St. Luke's University Director of Medical Toxicology Thomas Nappe, an author of the report, told the Washington Post. Instead, said Nappe, the doctors in the case noted the presence of marijuana in the child's system and warned the medical community that it may be worth studying whether there is a relationship between the presence of marijuana and the child's cause of death, myocarditis.

Medical Marijuana

Michigan Announces New Fees for Medical Marijuana Businesses. The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced Friday that medical marijuana businesses must pay a $6,000 one-time application fee to the state. That's in addition to any municipal fees, which could run as high as $5,000. The fee announcement comes as the state attempts to overhaul its medical marijuana regulations, with "emergency" regulations set to be issued next month.

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Alberta Will Allow Marijuana Sales in Private Shops and on Government Web Site. The provincial government filed a bill Thursday to deal with looming pot legalization. The bill would allow marijuana to be sold online on a government web site as well as through privately-operated stores. The bill also sets a minimum age of 18 for marijuana consumption. If passed, the proposals would go into effect on July 1, 2018, when marijuana becomes legal in Canada.

Quebec Bill Would Bar Home Marijuana Cultivation, Set Government Sales Monopoly. The provincial government's draft marijuana legislation, filed Thursday, would see marijuana sold only by a series of province-owned pot shops and a government web site. The measure also bars home cultivation and attempts to crack down on marijuana-impaired driving.

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CN AB: High Hopes

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:00
The Calgary Sun, 17 Nov 2017 - Alberta won't limit the number of private cannabis stores once retail sales are legalized next July, according to new details released Thursday by the NDP government. The province confirmed that it will look to private retailers to sell legal weed from brick-and-mortar storefronts, instead of government-run outlets chosen by several other provinces, such as Ontario and Quebec.
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CN AB: Editorial: Govern Your Own Pot Behaviour

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:00
The Calgary Sun, 17 Nov 2017 - Be smart. Not stupid. As we travel down the road to pot legalization in Canada, provincial governments across the country are scrambling to update a number of laws, including impaired driving rules.
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CN AB: Column: Uptight Not All Right

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:00
Edmonton Sun, 17 Nov 2017 - Pot rules largely workable but ban on weed sales at liquor stores makes no sense The Alberta government's proposed rules for selling legal marijuana are a bit fuddy-duddy. For the most part, they're pretty good. Private retailers will handle in-person sales; unionized government workers will be in charge of online purchases. (Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery).
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CN QU: Quebec Petitions Ottawa For Pot Law Extension

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 16 Nov 2017 - Quebec is asking Ottawa for more time to set up an orderly transition to legal recreational marijuana - 24 hours before the province is expected to roll out a framework for sale and use of the drug. The Quebec National Assembly adopted a motion Wednesday seeking an extra year from the Trudeau government beyond July 1, 2018, when marijuana is set to become legal.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Dispensaries Necessary

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:00
The Daily Courier, 15 Nov 2017 - Dear editor: On Oct. 19, I was saddened and outraged while viewing Global Okanagan's interview with West Kelowna city councillor, Rusty Ensign, regarding the pulling of business licences of the city's medical cannabis dispensaries. Last week, I attended one of West Kelowna's cannabis dispensaries to purchase some edible products which help to control my pain and allow me to get some quality sleep, and, contrary to Ensign's claims that such stores service 20-30-year-old males, there were none in the shop, only three other ladies, of which only one was under the age of 65.
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Canada: Editorial: Legal, But Not If You're At The Wheel

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 15 Nov 2017 - The busywork of readying the country for legalized cannabis continues apace, and Ottawa has gotten around to mapping out the murky territory that is stoned driving. Proposed legislative changes would create a two-tiered approach to setting the maximum amount of THC, cannabis's main psychoactive element, allowable in drivers' blood. Motorists measured with two to five nanograms of THC per millilitre of blood within two hours of being stopped would be subjected to a fine; those above would be treated criminally, mirroring the way many provinces deal with alcohol and driving.
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CN ON: Where Do We Put The Pot Shop?

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:00
The Record, 15 Nov 2017 - City and province meet to talk about locating new marijuana dispensary KITCHENER - The province had its first meeting with Kitchener municipal staff since announcing earlier this month that the city would be home to one of the first government-run pot shops to open in Ontario by July.
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CN AB: Alberta Introducing Rules To Align With Federal Pot

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:00
Lethbridge Herald, 15 Nov 2017 - Marijuana to be legal across Canada July 1 Alberta is putting the legislative pieces in place for legalized marijuana, starting with changes to align its rules with pending Criminal Code amendments.
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CN ON: Column: Weed Report: Julian Fantino Sings The Praises Of

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:00
Toronto 24hours, 15 Nov 2017 - One was the chief of police for Toronto, London, York Region and the OPP. The other spent 34 years putting away bad guys as a member of the RCMP, retiring as deputy commissioner of Federal and International Policing.
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CN ON: Column: What Happened To Health And Safety?

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:00
The Record, 15 Nov 2017 - Liberals ignoring concerns about decriminalizing pot On April 13, the Liberal government introduced legislation that would allow for the recreational use of marijuana for Canadians over the age of 18, and eliminate penalties for possession of marijuana (up to five grams) for those between the ages of 12 and 18.
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CN ON: Editorial: Drug Dealer Earned Stiff Sentence

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:00
The Record, 15 Nov 2017 - There are two things to be said about the 11-year-prison sentence handed out last week to Kitchener fentanyl dealer Erin Vezina. First, it is as hard as nails; indeed it's the most severe punishment involving a fentanyl-related crime ever handed out in Waterloo Region. Second, this is what real justice looks like. Bravo, Justice Melanie Sopinka, for your wise decision. In only a few years, the abuse of illicit opioids, especially fentanyl, has exploded into a national crisis that is believed to have claimed 2,458 lives across Canada in 2016 alone.
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CN ON: CKPS Putting Drone To Good Use

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:00
The Chatham Daily News, 15 Nov 2017 - Report looks at return on investment for technology The use of a drone has provided some cost savings for the Chatham-Kent Police Service, but that wasn't the purpose for obtaining the technology, says Chief Gary Conn.
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CN BC: Schools Tackle Drug Use

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 08:00
The Morning Star, 12 Nov 2017 - The Vernon School District is taking a proactive approach to battling the opioid crisis. Rather than waiting for drug problems to develop, school counsellors, backed by the district, are tackling potential problems before they materialize through a new program.
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CN ON: Wynne Down On Ottawa's Marijuana Tax Proposals

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 11 Nov 2017 - $1 per gram plan revealed, but premier says provinces will carry an unfair burden OTTAWA- The federal government formally rolled out details Friday of its tax plan for legalized marijuana, proposing a combined federal-provincial excise tax capped at 10 per cent, or $1 per gram, with the revenue haul split equally with provinces.
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CN AB: Alberta To Fight Ottawa's Cannabis-Tax 'Clawback'

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 11 Nov 2017 - Alberta will introduce legislation as soon as next week to allow the establishment of private cannabis stores, and will also launch a battle with Ottawa over how to split the tax revenue from the drug sales. Late Friday, Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci held a news conference to slam the federal government's proposal that Ottawa get 50 per cent of the excise tax on marijuana products. The provinces and territories would receive the other half.
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CN ON: LTE: Hazards Of Cannabis

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 08:00
The Record, 11 Nov 2017 - Re: Kitchener among first cities to get LCBO-run pot shop? - Nov. 4 Why promote cannabis in Ontario? What has happened to the no-smoking publicity that we have been bombarded with over the past several decades; the hazards of smoking related to cancer, lung disease etc.? Legislation has been passed to hide cigarettes in stores and put frightening pictures on cigarette packages. No smoking in public places laws have been passed.
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CN BC: Column: D-E-C-R-I-M-I-N-A-L-I-Z-E

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 08:00
Kamloops This Week, 10 Nov 2017 - A quarter-century ago, Abbotsford had its moment of clarity with respect to drugs and gangs. After repeated denials by the city's municipal police department that gangs were active in the Fraser Valley city, the truth was laid bare when 18-year-old Kirby Martin was shot and killed in a parking lot of a mall along the city's main strip, South Fraser Way.
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CN MB: Budding Opportunity

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 08:00
Winnipeg Sun, 10 Nov 2017 - Legal pot sales could lead to $95M annual profits for province Legal pot sales in Manitoba could raise as much as $95 million a year for government after five years if the province could take over 80% of the black market, according to recent figures released by the Pallister government.
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