The Hamilton Spectator’s View: City Council Conundrum Over Legal Cannabis Retailers

The Spectator’s view: City council conundrum over legal pot retailers Saying no to legal dispensaries isn’t a sustainable option, which means Hamilton councillors have their work cut out for them. Reality is that postal delivery alone won’t meet Hamilton consumer’s demand for cannabis. - Jeff McIntosh,The Canadian Press

Article by Hamilton Spectator It is entirely understandable that some members of Hamilton city council are frustrated, even angry, with the provincial government’s plan to launch legal cannabis dispensaries. Municipalities specifically asked for a 450-metre buffer zone around schools. Even that — nearly a half kilometre — doesn’t sound like a lot in the interests of making it difficult for underage ...

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Two Government Employees Busted For Weed at Work

Government employees busted for weed at work Last summer, a couple of federal government employees got a tough lesson about why you shouldn't sell weed at work. (Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press files)

Article by The Leaf News Two employees of the federal civil service were sacked after being caught using and distributing cannabis at work, according to a new disclosure posted online by Public Services and Procurement Canada. PSPC is the government department responsible for handling issues such as procurement, property management and payroll for the rest of the federal civil service. The department ...

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Ford’s Unelected Chief of Staff Wanted Officials to Order Police to Raid Cannabis Stores, Sources Say

Ford’s unelected chief of staff wanted officials to order police to raid pot stores, sources say Dean French wanted illegal cannabis shops shut down triggering fears he crossed a line. “We’re not a police state. We don’t have the right or the ability to direct police to do anything,” one person said. NEWS 05:30 AM by Rob Ferguson Toronto Star Ontario Premier Doug Ford, left, sits alongside his Chief of Staff Dean French as they prepare to hear federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer speak at the Ontario PC Convention in Toronto on Nov. 17, 2018. - Chris Young,THE CANADIAN PRESS

Article by Rob Ferguson, Toronto Star via Niagara Falls Review Premier Doug Ford’s chief of staff ordered senior political aides to direct police to raid outlaw cannabis stores the day marijuana became legal and to show “people in handcuffs,” the Toronto Star has learned. The edict from Dean French — an unelected political aide — in two conference calls the ...

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Ontario Will Give Municipalities $15M in January to Deal With Legal Cannabis, Fedeli Says

Ontario will give municipalities $15M in January to deal with legal pot, Fedeli says Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn Money will first be split among the province's municipalities, finance minister says The Canadian Press Finance Minister Vic Fedeli says $15 million will first be split among the province's municipalities at the start of the new year to help with legal pot. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

Article by CBC News The Ontario government will start distributing millions in funding in January to help municipalities cover costs associated with legalizing recreational cannabis. In a letter to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Finance Minister Vic Fedeli says $15 million will first be split among the province’s municipalities at the start of the new year, with funding allocated ...

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Cannabis-Related Impaired Driving Charge Laid in Upper Ottawa Valley

Pot-related impaired driving charge laid in Upper Ottawa Valley OPP say another man is facing alcohol-related impaired driving charges. 0 about an hour ago by: Mike Vlasveld Image from the OPP

Article by Mike Vlasveld, Ottawa Matters Two Laurentian Valley Township men are facing charges after officers from the Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police conducted RIDE checks in Pembroke. The checks happened in the evening and early morning hours of November 15 and 16. Jordan Michael Smith, 27, was charged under Ontario’s Cannabis Control Act with: – ...

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Lougheed: Even The Cops Are Confused About Cannabis At Work

Lougheed: Even the cops are confused about cannabis at work DR. TAYLOR LOUGHEED The Ottawa Police Service conducts MEGA Ride at Innes Road on Oct. 18, screening drivers for impairments including both alcohol and cannabis. Police forces themselves have inconsistent policies about off-duty cannabis use among officers. JAMES PARK / NATIONAL POST

Article by Dr. Taylor Lougheed, Ottawa Citizen In the wake of cannabis legalization, many businesses continue to grapple with how best to develop workplace policies around recreational use. Unfortunately, anyone looking toward the law enforcement community for guidance may come away with more questions than answers. Over the last several weeks, many of the largest police departments in the country ...

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Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Claim By Medical Cannabis User Dismissed

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario HRTO claim by medical pot user dismissed

Article by Anita Balakrishnan, Law Times The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has found a litigant had no prospect of success in a claim that her employer-sponsored insurance plan was discriminating against her disability by refusing to pay for her medical cannabis. Lisa Cabel, a lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, who represented the insurance company and employer sponsor, says ...

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Cannabis Store Guidelines Don’t Sell With Some Hamilton Councillors

Cannabis store guidelines don’t sell with some Hamilton councillors 900 CHML Ken Mann By Ken Mann Some city councillors plan to vote against retail cannabis stores in Hamilton, at a meeting on December 11.

Article by Ken Mann, Global News The question of whether Hamilton should host private cannabis stores goes before the city’s planning committee on Dec. 11 and some councillors plan to say no. They are voicing concerns with a series of provincial guidelines that were released early this week and would regulate sales, starting April 1, 2019. One of those guidelines calls ...

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