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Canadians as Young as 18 Could Soon Be Able to Legally Buy Pot

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Article by Tonda MacCharles, The Toronto Star Teens as young as 18 could soon be able to legally buy and smoke pot, even  order it online, if a new report is adopted. A federal task force has gone against the advice of Canada’s doctors and called for the national age for legalized recreational pot smoking to be set at 18. ...

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Who is Protecting BC Bud?

Article by David Brown, Lift As the Federal government digests the Task Force report and crafts their proposed legalization bill for next spring, provinces and territories are expected to gain clarity on their role in these new proposed laws. While some, like Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, have been vocal about a preference for a distribution system mirroring provincial alcohol lobbies, ...

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How Will Legalization Impact Canada’s Northern Territories?

Article by David Brown, Lift When the government begins to digest the marijuana legalization task force’s report, the feedback they will be reading will come from numerous stakeholders — from individual citizens, to activist groups, health professionals, and municipal, provincial, and territorial governments, to name a few. We’ve covered a lot of issues arising from many of these groups, but ...

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Dawson: Bravo, Liberals. Canada and Ottawa Need Safe-Injection Sites

Article by Tyler Dawson, Ottawa Citizen It’s too late to save the hundreds of Canadians who’ve already died this year from drug overdoses, but the Liberals’ proposed changes, which would make it easier to open safe-injection sites, will help cities come to grips with a crisis that’s cutting a tragic swath across the country. Absent full drug legalization (and the better ...

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Marijuana Chain to Defy Law, Open Outlets in Montreal

Article by Brennan Neill, CBC News Come this Thursday recreational marijuana users in Montreal will be able to walk into a store, browse for their favourite strains and walk away with a few grams of cannabis — all in defiance of federal drug laws. That’s because a Canadian chain of recreational marijuana dispensaries is planning to open multiple locations in the city. But how ...

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Cannabis May be Part of the Solution to the Opioid Crisis, Some Doctors Say

Article by Jacquie Miller, Ottawa Citizen As Canada struggles to reduce the number of people addicted to and overdosing on opioids, some doctors say cannabis may be part of the solution. They are finding it can replace or reduce the use of pharmaceutical painkillers.  “Can cannabis be used to help manage patients who are currently taking opioids? Broadly, the answer ...

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Lawyer Calls Mass Marijuana Dispensary Arrests ‘Colossal Waste’ of Resources

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Article by City News After making 15 courts appearances with just one client whose charges were ultimately dropped on Monday, Toronto attorney Selwyn Pieters is calling the sweeping raids on illegal marijuana dispensaries last May a “colossal waste of private and public resources.” Police arrested 90 people and laid 186 drug trafficking charges as part of Project Claudia, which targeted ...

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Restricting Veterans’ Medical Cannabis Will Cost Lives

Article by Marc Davis, Huffington Post Why are so many military veterans reeling with “a sense of anger, hurt, frustration and betrayal?” And why is a group of them marching on Parliament Hill? Shockingly, it’s because ex-servicemen with PTSD aren’t getting our government’s respect and full support. Consequently, the suicide rate among ex-servicemen is at an all-time high. (I’ll explain ...

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Final Report of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation: A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada

See original report here. Dear Ministers, Please find attached the final report of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation. This report is the product of our consultations with Canadians, provincial, territorial and municipal governments, Indigenous governments and representative organizations, youth, patients and experts in relevant fields. It has been a privilege to consult with so many people over ...

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