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Legal Marijuana Should be Sold by Storefront and Mail Order: Task Force

Article by The Canadian Press via MacLean’s A federal task force on legalized recreational marijuana is recommending storefront and mail-order sales to Canadians 18 years and older, with personal growing limits of four plants per person. The framework report, headed by former federal Liberal cabinet minister Anne McLellan, says recreational marijuana should not be sold in the same location as ...

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Not Yet Clear Where Legal Marijuana Will be Sold in Canada

Article by Mike Hager and Adrian Morrow, The Globe and Mail Canadians now have an idea of when they will be able to purchase recreational marijuana, who can buy it and how much, but where and how cannabis is sold remains up to provinces that are offering only vague opinions on the eventual retail rules for the drug. Now that ...

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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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