Opinion: Legalizing ­Marijuana Must be Done Right

Article by Kingston This Week Prime Minister Justin ­Trudeau campaigned to legalize pot in the 2015 election campaign. This federal task force report on the subject, released this week, offered no quick fix to the complex issues surrounding legalization, and the sensible ­recommendation that the Liberals ­proceed slowly. The 106-page report made more than 80 recommendations, including restricting pot sales ...

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Western Graduate Students Look for Medical Marijuana Coverage Under Health Plan

Article by Hamza Tariq, Western Gazette Conversations on access to marijuana are taking place on Parliament Hill and university campuses alike. With the federal government giving itself until 2019 to legalize recreational cannabis, there is an increasing push among student governments to include medical marijuana in student health plans. At a recent general meeting on Dec. 8, the Western Society ...

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How Players are Jockeying for Position in Canada’s Nascent Pot Market

Article by Catherine McIntyre, Canadian Business The federal health department released its highly-anticipated task force report on marijuana this week, providing clues as to what Canada’s recreational cannabis laws will look like. The report’s recommendations are not binding, but it does help to illuminate the path ahead for the entrepreneurs who have entered the fledgling marijuana market in recent years. That includes players ...

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Free ‘Nugs’ as Cannabis Culture Shops Make Debut in Montreal

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Article by Christopher Curtis, Montreal Gazette Say what you will about his methods, but Canada’s self-proclaimed “Prince of Pot” knows how to make an entrance. Throngs of admirers stood in the snow Thursday and cheered Marc Emery on as he rolled up to the opening of an illegal marijuana dispensary on Mont-Royal Ave. He held court in the shop for half an ...

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Marijuana Regulations Welcome, Doctor Says

Article by Betty Ann Adam, Saskatoon StarPhoenix Labelling legalized marijuana products with their levels of two main active ingredients is one of the helpful recommendations released this week by a federal task force on cannabis legalization and regulation, says Saskatoon addictions expert Dr. Peter Butt. “There’s no truth in labelling now because there’s no testing,” Butt said. He is concerned that ...

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Montreal’s Mayor Vows Zero Tolerance For Illegal Pot Shops After Several Opened Up

Article by Sidhartha Banerjee, The Toronto Star Montreal’s mayor vowed zero tolerance for illegal pot dispensaries on Thursday, just hours after several such establishments aimed at recreational users opened to the public. Denis Coderre tweeted the city would use any administrative tools at its disposal to enforce the law. The pot boutiques opened in the presence of two well-known marijuana ...

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Doctors in Nova Scotia Wants Legal Age for Marijuana to be At Least 21

Article by Andrea Gunn, Ottawa Bureau. Doctors Nova Scotia is urging the provincial government to set the legal age for marijuana at least 21. A federal task force report released this week on the impending legalization of recreational cannabis recommends the drug only be sold to individuals 18 years of age and older. But Dr. Michelle Dow, president of Doctors Nova ...

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‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery Arrested in Montreal Dispensary Raids

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Article by Christopher Curtis, John Meagher, and Aaron Derfel for Postmedia Network. Montreal police arrested Canada’s self-proclaimed “Prince of Pot” Friday night and seized 18 kilograms of cannabis a day after the splashy opening of six illegal marijuana dispensaries across the city. Dozens of officers raided the stores at supper hour, arresting 10 people and confiscating an undisclosed amount of ...

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Calgary’s Police Chief isn’t Convinced That Legal Pot Industry Will Curb Organized Crime

Article by Bill Kaufmann, Calgary Herald. It’s not clear recommendations on legalizing cannabis will reduce his force’s work or even curb organized crime, Calgary police chief Roger Chaffin said Thursday. While Chaffin said the federal task force did a comprehensive job in crafting 80 recommendations for ending 93 years of marijuana prohibition, numerous uncertainties remain, including what role police would play. ...

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