Marijuana Producers Lobby Ottawa Ahead of Legalization Legislation

Medical marijuana is ready for shipping is pictured January 21, 2016 at Tweed Inc., one of the marijuana producers lobbying the federal government

Article by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press via The Globe and Mail Several licensed marijuana producers have penned a letter to Ottawa, urging the federal government to allow them to brand their products and provide medical cannabis on a tax-free basis. The seven producers – Tilray, Tweed, Mettrum, CannTrust, Green Organic Dutchman Holdings, RedeCan Pharm and Delta 9 Bio-Tech – ...

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NDP Justice Critic Concerned With Continued Cannabis Arrests

Alistair MacGregor, NDP Critic for Justice, says he is concerned that Canadians are still being arrested for cannabis prior to legalization and is open to the idea of amnesty.

Article by David Brown, Lift Alistair MacGregor, NDP Critic for Justice, says he is concerned that Canadians are still being arrested for cannabis prior to legalization and is open to the idea of amnesty for some with past charges for cannabis possession. In Justice Committee earlier this month, MacGregor requested more information from the government’s justice minister, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, ...

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Albertans Will Be Consulted Before Pot Rules Set By Province: Premier Rachel Notley

Albertans will be consulted before pot rules set by province: Premier Rachel Notley 'There's no question we are concerned about ensuring the safety and health of young Albertans'

Article by Dave Dormer, CBC News Albertans will be consulted by the province before rules around where marijuana can be bought, sold and used roll out pending legalization next July, Premier Rachel Notley said Monday. “We’re aware of all the issues, we haven’t landed yet on the key decision factors because we need to consult with Albertans and we have to know exactly ...

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Vancouver City Councillor Wants to Identify ‘Appropriate’ Location for 4/20 Rally

A man smokes during the annual 4/20 cannabis culture celebration at Sunset Beach in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday April 20, 2016.

Article by Yuliya Talmazan, Global News A Vancouver city councillor has put forward a notice of motion to find an appropriate city location for the annual 4/20 cannabis culture celebration. In the motion, Green Party Councillor Adriane Carr says the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the fundamental rights of Canadians including freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, which ...

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British Columbia to Develop Own Regulations on Driving While High on Marijuana, Minister Says

B.C. to develop own regulations on driving while high on marijuana, minister says

Article by Ashley Wadhwani, BC Local News via Agassiz Harrison Observer B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Morris has weighed on reports that the Trudeau government plans to table a bill next month on legalizing marijuana. On Tuesday, he spoke reporters at an event in Surrey about how police in this province will enforce the law, since that and a number ...

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Marijuana Legalization: What Will Happen to Vancouver’s Pot Shops?

The fate of pot shops in Vancouver depend on the provincially set pricing of cannabis and whether it will help cities enforce marijuana laws, say experts. Camden Lowrie has worked at The Medical Cannabis Dispensary for five years and says many customers have already come in with questions about the federal government legalizing marijuana.

Article by Wanyee Li, Metro News Pot shop experts and a local city councillor are applauding the federal government for setting a date for marijuana legalization but warn its success rests on marijuana prices and provincial funding. The federal government announced Sunday night it will introduce legislation to legalize marijuana in April and that the law would come into effect ...

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Winnipeg Marijuana Advocate Arrested as Legalization Date Approaches

Eddy Barahona and a friend were arrested and charged with possession and trafficking at a medical marijuana lounge Saturday. Eddy Barahona volunteers at Vapes Off Main, a medical marijuana lounge that police labelled a grow-op Sunday.

Article by Jessica Botelho-Urbanski, Metro News As news leaked Sunday of the federal government’s plans to table legislation legalizing marijuana by next summer, Eddy Barahona was emerging from a night spent in jail after being arrested and charged with pot-related offences. “I don’t understand how we can arrest people for practising with medicine or why we’re still putting people in ...

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Let Dispensaries Reopen, Advocate Says

Let dispensaries reopen, advocate says

Article by Greg Mercer, Waterloo Region Record A local medical cannabis advocate says he hopes Waterloo Region’s marijuana dispensaries closed in a recent crackdown by police can reopen under impending legalization planned by Ottawa. Peter Thurley is a former federal NDP candidate and one of 700 medical marijuana users shut out of the Organix Compassion club when it closed its ...

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Forum Says McMaster Must Prepare to Deal With Marijuana Legalization

Cannabis use researcher and President of University of Guelph, Franco Vaccarino, speaks in Guelph in 2015. Vaccarino spoke at McMaster University Tuesday at a Cannabis on Campus forum

Article by Carmela Fragomeni, Hamilton Spectator There is reason to be concerned about legalizing marijuana when it comes to youth, a McMaster University health forum heard. Psychologist and cannabis-use researcher Franco Vaccarino told Tuesday’s Cannabis on Campus forum that young people need special attention because their brains don’t fully develop until the age of 25. Vaccarino, a principal editor of ...

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Police Chiefs Raise Concerns About Marijuana Timeline

Police chiefs raise concerns about marijuana timeline

Article by Cormac MacSweeney, City News Some police chiefs are raising serious concerns about the Trudeau government’s newly revealed timeline for legalizing marijuana. News 1130 is hearing the new legislation will be tabled in the week of April 10th, while lighting up for recreational use will reportedly be made legal in July next year. Mike Serr, Deputy Chief with the Abbotsford ...

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