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Ontario Provincial Party Leaders Agree on Ottawa’s Need to Speed Weed Law

Article by Robert Benzie, The Toronto Star All three major provincial political party leaders agree that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to clear the haze swirling around marijuana legalization. In a rare display of unanimity at Queen’s Park, Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath are each urging Ottawa to provide some direction. ...

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Pot Shop Cop Gave Money to Team Run by Police Official

Article by Jesse McLean, The Toronto Star The Durham cop allowed by his force to co-own a controversial marijuana company gave thousands of dollars in sponsorship money to a soccer team run by the senior Durham police official whose department vetted the constable’s pot shop ownership application. Chief administrative officer Stan MacLellan oversees Durham police’s human resources unit, which handled ...

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Health Canada’s New ACMPR 101: A Guide for Patients

Article by Hugo Alves & Mike Lickver, Lift On August 24, 2016, in response to Justice Phelan’s judgment in the case of Allard v Canada (“Allard“), Health Canada implemented the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (the “ACMPR“), replacing the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (the “MMPR“). In Allard, Justice Phelan found the MMPR to be unconstitutional due to ...

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Ontario Chamber of Commerce: Let Private Businesses Get a Cut of Legal Weed Business

Article by Ashley Csanady, The National Post Big business in Ontario wants a cut of the legal pot business. That’s the message the Ontario Chamber of Commerce sent to Premier Kathleen Wynne in an open letter on Wednesday. “We believe that a private-sector, licensing-based and locally oriented approach is one worth seriously considering,” the Chamber wrote. Its members both want ...

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Days After Shutting Down, Oshawa Marijuana Dispensary Reopens in Defiance of Police Warning

Article by Jeff Mitchell, DurhamRegion.com Days after abruptly shuttering its doors, an Oshawa marijuana dispensary has reopened, in defiance of a warning from Durham police. The Emerald Triangle dispensary on Simcoe Street North has resumed operations because clients are in need and buying pot on the street isn’t a safe alternative for them, said Irie Selkirk, a consultant who spoke ...

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Hints About the Future of Canada Post

Article by Thomas Walkom, The Toronto Star What is to be done with the post office? A government task force report released this week doesn’t exactly answer the question. But it does provide some hints as to where Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberal government may go. Door-to-door mail delivery. During last year’s election campaign, the Liberals promised to stop Canada Post ...

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Owner of Higher Limits in Windsor Says Banks’ Cannabis Decision “Insulting”

Article by Dalson Chen, Windsor Star Canada’s federal government may have promised that marijuana legalization is on the horizon, but you wouldn’t know it from the way banks treat cannabis-related businesses, says downtown Windsor’sHigher Limits. “It’s insulting. It’s disheartening,” said Jon Liedtke, co-owner of the city’s first and largest medical marijuana lounge, located at 251 Ouellette Ave. “It’s really unfortunate ...

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Okanagan Dispensary Owner Accused of Drug Trafficking Fights Charge in Court

Article by Charlotte Helston, InfoTel The municipality told him to shut down, police raided his shop and charged him with drug trafficking, and now an Okanagan dispensary owner is challenging the constitutionality of what transpired. Ryan Pahl, co-owner of the Kaya Clinic in Kelowna, was charged with one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking after Mounties raided the ...

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Business Leaders Urge Ontario Premier to Prepare for Marijuana Legalization

Article by Dave Battagello, Windsor Star Business leaders have estimated sales in Ontario for recreational marijuana will range between $1 billion to $2 billion by 2024 should it be legalized by the federal government. So, the economic stakes are high — both locally and across the nation — should pot be legalized as planned. That is why the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber is ...

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Calgary Marijuana Accessory Store Sees Possibilities in Pot Legalization

Article by Falice Chin, CBC News A longtime business owner in Calgary is looking for opportunities to cash in on Ottawa’s plan to legalize marijuana. Vlassis Douvis — owner of Hemp Roots — says he’s making space in his three retail stores in anticipation of the Liberal government’s new pot legislation. “If it’s allowed for me to sell marijuana I would in all forms,” ...

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