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Halifax Councillor to Stop Using Word ‘Marijuana,’ Saying Term Perpetuates Racism

Halifax Councillor to Stop Using Word 'Marijuana,' Saying Term Perpetuates Racism. Councillor Shawn Cleary

Article by Mark Hodgins, Halifax Today A Halifax councillor says a well-known term for a soon-to-be-legalized product is actually racist. Shawn Cleary plans to avoid saying ‘marijuana’ after learning of the word’s origin. Cleary is the chair of a committee of Nova Scotia municipalities looking at the implementation of cannabis legalization in the province. He said in a recent meeting, ...

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Mohawk Firm Poised to Grow Medical Marijuana for Canada

Mohawk firm poised to grow medical marijuana for Canada. The former Iroquois water bottling plant on Cornwall Island in Akwesasne will house the Seven Leaf growing operations. Photo provided by Seven Leaf. The Seven Leaf management team: (from left) Lorraine White, Michael "Gus" Pyke, and Lewis Mitchell. Photos provided by Seven Leaf

Article by David Sommerstein, North Country Public Radio A Mohawk-owned company is nearly ready to start growing and selling medical marijuana in Canada. Seven Leaf is retrofitting an old water bottling plant on Cornwall Island in Akwesasne. The multi-million dollar project hopes to employ 100 people. The company enters a booming and crowded market. According to Health Canada, more than 200,000 ...

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Imperial Tobacco Wants the Government to Treat Cigarettes and Cannabis Equally

Imperial Tobacco wants the government to treat cigarettes and cannabis equally by Amanda Siebert

Article by Amanda Siebert, The Georgia Straight Can I get “false equivalency” for $1,000, Alex? In a move that will surely have cannabis consumers fuming, Imperial Tobacco Canada is speaking out against the way Bill C-45 regulates the branding of cannabis products—by boldly comparing tobacco to weed. The corporation is seeking the attention of lawmakers in Ottawa with an advertisement it ...

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Toronto Police Raid Downtown Residence, Seize Several Kilograms of Cannabis, Cannabis Products

Article by Lift News Toronto Police Services say they raided a residential location Tuesday night, arresting four and seizing large amounts of cannabis and cannabis products, as well as cash. The police news release states that on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at approximately 7:05 p.m., officers executed a search warrant at 20 Stewart Street, Unit #104. The location is a unit in a high ...

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Rolling Out Legal Weed Comes With a High Price Tag for Canada: Civil Forfeiture to be Implemented

Rolling Out Legal Weed Comes With a High Price Tag for Canada: Civil Forfeiture to be Implemented

Article by Jen Skerritt, Bloomberg Enforcing Canada’s new legalized marijuana comes with a high price tag. The federal government will spend C$546 million ($426 million) over the next five years to implement its new cannabis laws, according to the latest budget forecast. Agencies such as Heath Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will receive a portion of the funds to license, ...

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City of Richmond BC Unanimously Opposite Cannabis Legalization as “Gateway Drug”

City of Richmond council unanimous in its opposition to cannabis legalization With warnings of gateway drugs and transformation of agricultural land, city to send letter outlining concerns By Justin McElroy, CBC News. The City of Richmond is the largest in B.C. without any marijuana dispensaries. (Julie Gordon/Reuters)

Article by Justin McElroy, CBC News While some municipalities in British Columbia are hoping to benefit from the legalization of cannabis that takes effect in July 2018, the City of Richmond is taking the opposite approach. It’s the largest city in the province without a marijuana dispensary in operation. Mayor Malcolm Brodie has labelled Vancouver’s regulatory approach to the issue, which ...

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City Brandishes Court Order to Threaten Remaining Dispensaries

City brandishes court order to threaten remaining dispensaries Recent spate of closures drives customers to other pot stores BY CARA SABATINI

Article by Cara Sabatini, Torontoist At a spartan Queen West storefront on a sunny afternoon, more than 20 people sit shoulder to shoulder, waiting to be served by one of several busy employees. Eden, the Bellwoods-adjacent marijuana dispensary, is already seeing some of the overflow effects of last week’s court ruling that shut down a group of Toronto dispensaries for ...

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Holes Emerge in Toronto’s Crackdown on Marijuana Dispensaries

Holes emerge in Toronto’s crackdown on marijuana dispensaries JEFF GRAY The Globe and Mail. Marek Stupak, seen in one of his SoCo Medical marijuana co-op on Wednesday, says he has been arrested numerous times over the years, but has successfully fought charges on each occasion. (Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)

Article by Jeff Gray, The Globe and Mail For 17 months, Toronto police and bylaw officers have been cracking down on illegal pot dispensaries, raiding more than 200 locations, laying hundreds of criminal charges and issuing thousands of dollars in fines. Their attack has been relentless, yet the city still has an estimated 65 shops open for business at any ...

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