Former Toronto Police Chief Julian Fantino Heads Marijuana Company After Change of Heart

Former Toronto police chief Julian Fantino heads marijuana company after change of heart Julian Fantino says he embarked on a ‘fact-finding mission’ to learn more about medical marijuana after serving as Minister of Veterans Affairs in the Harper government. Former Toronto police chief Julian Fantino, left, is executive chair of the medical marijuana company Aleafia, while ex-RCMP deputy commissioner Raf Souccar, is the company's president and CEO. (SAMANTHA BEATTIE / TORONTO STAR)

Article by Samantha Beattie, Toronto Star Once an outspoken critic of legalizing pot, Julian Fantino says he changed his mind after veterans convinced him of the benefits of medical marijuana in treating post-traumatic stress disorder and managing pain. The former Toronto police chief was recently named executive chair of a GTA medical marijuana company. Fantino told a news conference Tuesday ...

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Now It’s OK? How Parents Can Explain and Educate Kids on Legal Pot

Now it's OK? How parents can explain and educate kids on legal pot Legalization provides opportunity for parents to make sure kids are equipped to make good choices, experts say By Darren Bernhardt, CBC News . On July 1, 2018, the taboo topic of toking will be a government-backed business with storefronts and advertising. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

Article by Darren Bernhardt, CBC News A once-prohibited vice and one of the targets of the “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign of the 1980s, marijuana is set to become legal in Canada next summer — so it’s high time to talk to your kids about it. But how? “There are important questions, and hard questions, that parents might be wrestling with, like, ‘How do we reconcile ...

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Jagmeet Singh Pushes Trudeau To Decriminalize All Drugs In Midst Of Opioid Crisis

Jagmeet Singh Pushes Trudeau To Decriminalize All Drugs In Midst Of Opioid Crisis He wants the position to be a formal part of the NDP platform. Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks to delegates and supporters during the B.C. NDP Convention at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, B.C., on Saturday, November 4, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Article by Kristy Kirkup, Canadian Press via Huffington Post NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to consider decriminalizing all illegal drugs in an effort to combat Canada’s escalating opioid crisis. Singh, who campaigned on the promise during his party’s recent leadership race, said he will push the federal New Democrats to make the position part of ...

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Impaired Driving Changes Could Unfairly Punish Medical Cannabis Users, Lawyers Say

Impaired driving changes could unfairly punish medical cannabis users, lawyers say

Article by Mike Hager, The Globe and Mail Canada’s proposed overhaul of federal impaired driving rules could unfairly criminalize medical cannabis users, according to an open letter to Ottawa signed by more than 50 criminal defence lawyers. The letter, which warns that medical marijuana users could be unfairly punished under the proposed system, underscores the challenges to preventing high driving. ...

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Alberta Cannabis Producer Calls Proposed Taxation of Medical Marijuana a ‘Major Mistake’

Alberta cannabis producer calls proposed taxation of medical marijuana a ‘major mistake’ 630CHED By Morgan Smith

Article by Morgan Smith, Global News An Alberta-based cannabis producer wants to sit down with federal lawmakers to talk changes to the proposed tax on legal pot, unhappy with the idea of taxing medical marijuana. On Friday, the Trudeau government revealed its draft plan to add a $1 per gram, or 10 per cent tax on total marijuana purchases, whichever is higher. ...

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Moncton Dispensaries Receive Two Weeks’ Notice From RCMP

Moncton dispensaries receive two weeks’ notice from RCMP. The notification of police enforcement does not have a RCMP letterhead or the names of any officers.

Article by CTV News Several cannabis dispensaries in Moncton have been given two weeks to close or police say they will get involved. The warnings came in the form of an unusual letter earlier this week, and it’s not sitting well with owners. Three dispensaries have confirmed with CTV News that they’ve received warnings stating they’re currently operating illegally. Owners ...

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Licensed Producers Slam “Canada’s Thriving Illicit Market” in Press Release


Article by Caleb McMillan, Cannabis Life Network It’s a little odd the Licensed Producers would use a press release about cannabis advertising and branding to slam dispensaries and cannabis farmers. Why? Why use this press release to refer to “Canada’s thriving illicit market” in a negative connotation? I reached out to the licensed producer association, but have yet to receive an adequate response. ...

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Canadian Lawyers Call on Federal Government Not to Implement 2ng/ml THC Driving Offence

Canada's Top Lawyers Call on Federal Government Not to Implement 2ng/ml THC Driving Offence

News Release by Harrison Jordan More than 50 of Canada’s most prominent cannabis, impairment, and criminal defence lawyers have come together to sign a letter dated November 13, 2017 that calls on the federal government to not implement a proposed regulation that would create a criminal offence for those found with between 2 ng/ml to below 5 ng/ml of THC ...

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No Hoots on the Hovercraft After Legalization

No hoots on the hovercraft after legalization Amendment to Bill C-46 prohibits operating a hovercraft while impaired

Article by Scott Johnstone, Lift News Let it never be said that the policy makers behind the biggest Canadian legislative change of the decade fell short on attention to detail. Parliamentary wonks are leaving no stone unturned in the pursuit of an ironclad legalization framework suitable for even the most stringent of pedants. This diligence can be exemplified perfectly in ...

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