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Weed Shops Welcome: City Council Green-Lights Retail Cannabis Stores in Ottawa

Weed shops welcome: City council green-lights retail pot stores in Ottawa By Beatrice Britneff Ottawa City Council held a special meeting on Thursday, Dec. 13, to discuss and vote on whether to allow legal retail pot shops to operate in the national capital. Beatrice Britneff / Global News

Article by Beatrice Britneff,  Global News The City of Ottawa will allow private businesses licensed to sell legal recreational marijuana to open their doors in Ottawa starting this spring, city council decided unanimously after nearly five hours of discussion on Thursday. The much-anticipated decision came after councillors debated the pros and cons of opting into Ontario’s retail pot store model and heard from 10 public ...

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All Vancouver’s Illegal Cannabis Dispensaries Ordered to Shut Down

A vendor trims marijuana with scissors during the annual 4-20 cannabis culture celebration at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on April 20, 2017.

Article by CTV Vancouver More than two dozen illegal cannabis dispensaries in Vancouver will have to close their doors, the B.C. Supreme Court has ruled. The decision announced Thursday applies to all dispensaries named in a suit brought by the City of Vancouver. So far, 53 injunctions have been filed against marijuana-related businesses operating outside the city’s regulations. The city ...

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City Council to Vote on Allowing Cannabis Dispensaries in Toronto Today

City Council to vote on allowing cannabis dispensaries in Toronto today

Article by Daily Hive As a smaller city council heads to meetings today, councillors in Toronto are set to debate whether or not to allow retail pot shops in the city. City staff have recommended that councillors allow cannabis retail stores to operate as a legal alternative, beyond the OCS, for purchasing weed in Toronto. A report from city staff said prohibiting pot shops ...

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Mississauga Council Says No To Cannabis Shops

Mississauga council says no to cannabis shops By Ali Raza Mississauga News Mississauga city council received delegations from members of the community and business leaders on Wednesday before opting out of allowing retail cannabis stores in the city starting April 1, 2019. (ALI RAZA / METROLAND)

Article by Ali Raza, Toronto Star Retail cannabis stores will be not permitted in Mississauga. City council chose at its Wednesday meeting to opt-out on allowing private retail shops to sell cannabis in Mississauga. The federal government legalized cannabis on Oct. 17, and the province has since made it available for purchase via its online portal the Ontario Cannabis Store. “This ...

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Will Legal Recreational Weed Kill Off The Medical Cannabis Market? Experts Say The Opposite Is Happening

Will legal recreational weed kill off the medical cannabis market? Experts say the opposite is happening Not only are patients still anxious to involve a physician in their use of the drug — the publicity around recreational cannabis has peaked interest in using it as a treatment Arshdeep Brar, a lab analyst, tests cannabis buds and oil extracts at Keystone Labs, a Health Canada accredited testing facility for medical cannabis in Edmonton. Larry Wong/Postmedia

Article by Tom Blackwell, National Post As Canada edged ever closer this year to making it legal for any adult to buy marijuana, Dr. Hance Clarke noticed a surprising phenomenon. At his Toronto pain clinic, Clarke encountered more and more people eager for him to prescribe medical cannabis, though they could soon buy the drug without anyone’s approval. The trend ...

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Possession Pardons Should Be Next Step in Cannabis Legalization

Possession pardons should be next step in cannabis legalization Opinion: From the Hill by Richard Cannings MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay

Article by Richard Cannings, Trail Times Cannabis was legalized in Canada this October, but unfortunately the federal government didn’t include one important piece in that legislation: expungement of the records of a half million Canadians with criminal records for simple possession of cannabis. These people are saddled with a criminal record for doing something that we now consider completely legal. ...

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17 Londoners, 2 Property Owners Charged After Police Raid Cannabis Shops

17 Londoners, 2 property owners charged after police raid pot shops Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn Email Police executed search warrants at the London shops on Nov. 29 CBC News Ontario Provincial Police said they are working on a strategy to crack down on illegal activities.

Article by CBC News Seventeen Londoners and two property owners are facing charges after provincial and local police officers raided two illegal cannabis storefronts in the city late last month. On Nov. 29, Ontario Provincial Police and London police officers executed search warrants at the stores on Richmond Street and Wonderland Road. On Tuesday, police said 17 people have been charged ...

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Scarborough Councillor Jim Karygiannis Says Wards Should Be Able To Opt-Out Of Having Cannabis Shops

Scarborough councillor says wards should be able to opt-out of having cannabis shops By FRANCINE KOPUNCity Hall Reporter Customers line up at a government cannabis store in Montreal in October. Private pot shops will be allowed to operate in Ontario starting April 1. (RYAN REMIORZ / FILE PHOTO)

Article by Francine Kopun, Toronto Star Councillor Jim Karygiannis plans to introduce a motion on Thursday to allow wards within the City of Toronto to opt out of allowing cannabis retailers and medical marijuana dispensaries to open up shop. “Cities can opt out so wards should be given the same opportunity,” said Karygiannis (Ward 22, Scarborough-Agincourt), in advance of Thursday’s ...

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Two Charged After Stolen Cards Used To Buy Cannabis From Ontario Cannabis Store: Police

Two charged after stolen cards used to buy cannabis: Police MEGAN GILLIS A selection of marijuana ordered from the Ontario Cannabis Store. MICHEL COMTE / AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Article by Megan Gillis, Ottawa Citizen Two Ottawa men face charges after the province’s online cannabis retailer tipped local fraud detectives to suspicious transactions using stolen credit cards to buy or attempt to buy “multiple” orders of the newly licit drug. The Ontario Cannabis Store says its internal controls stopped most of the attempts and alerted its fraud protection team, but ...

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