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Canada: Medicine Distributors Say They Offer 'Proven Solution' To
The federal government's plans for legalizing recreational marijuana has many would-be players looking to carve out a role for themselves in the emerging market, including pharmaceutical distributors who already ship drugs across the country.
CN MB: Weeding Out Anxiety
4/20 participants extol virtues of pot as drug that helps you cope Leigh Filbert admits he lived the "rock-star lifestyle" in the past and acknowledges now his body is paying for it.
CN BC: Legal Bud Won't Butt Out 'Protestival'
4/20 rally organizers vow to maintain their fight to free the weed Despite legalization on the horizon, organizers of the annual Vancouver 4/20 cannabis rally say there's little reason to end their battle to free the weed.
CN ON: A Life Limited By Pot
As legalization looms, Raymond David recalls how pot possession charge changed his life For more than four decades, a drug possession conviction has put limits on Raymond David's life.

Opinions

CN BC: Oped: Marijuana Bill Leaves Unanswered Questions
Last week, the Liberal government introduced the much anticipated marijuana legalization bill, technically known as Bill C-45, The Cannabis Act.
CN BC: OPED: Cannabis Use Can Harm Minds Of Young People
Every day in the youth program at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, my colleagues and I see young people whose illnesses are complicated by the use and abuse of cannabis or a dependence on this drug. We provide these youths and their families with information on the effect of pot on the developing brain. We are often able to convince young people to decrease their marijuana consumption or, in many cases, to stop using it.
CN QU: OPED: Legalizing Cannabis Will Help Society
Far from putting Canadians at risk, the move will be beneficial, Jerry Golick says. I would prefer to have a child experimenting with cannabis rather than with booze or tobacco.
CN ON: Pot Laws Looked Like They'd Never Change. Then, Wham
People celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, though they're inevitable. Since you never know the precise moment of a WHAM, it should be worth a cheer

Letters

CN ON: Liberal Pot Plan Is Sound Policy
In reading some opinion pieces, I can't help but think people miss the point of marijuana legalization.
CN ON: Compromises Had To Be Made On Pot Bill
Seeing some of the reaction to the Liberal government's proposed legislation to legalize marijuana, you may think marijuana users are unhappy with how things are unfolding. I don't think that's necessarily true.
CN ON: Sunny Ways
Re "Trudeau's pot law makes it open season on all drivers" (Mark Bonokoski, April 18): When Justin Trudeau was asked about the make-up of his cabinet (50% men and 50% women), his reply was "Because it's 2015." After reviewing the new powers handed to police contained within the legalization of marijuana, perhaps his retort to a question on this matter should be "Because it's 1984."
CN ON: I Don't Need Exposure To Pot Smoke
RE: Legalizing marijuana I am not against the legalization of marijuana if it will curtail criminal activity and provide a source of funds for our government to spend. However, one aspect needs to be addressed. Like alcohol it must not consumed out in the open, but only in licensed f acilities or private residences.
Canada: Weed Worries
Most of the critics of the new marijuana legislation complain that it will affect people's health and, thus, legalization will contribute to poor health outcomes. What are these people smoking? People already smoke marijuana - Canada has one of the highest rates of marijuana usage in the world. Do these naysayers seriously expect that, upon legalization, the population is going to run out, en masse, and begin smoking marijuana?
Canada: Pot Shots
There have been plenty of articles lately about the legalization of marijuana yet nobody seems to be talking about where people will be allowed to smoke. I smell it nearly every time I'm walking in my neighbourhood and it's not even legal yet.
CN ON: Reflecting On Marijuana Legislation
Re Where will Canadians buy their marijuana?, April 15 I applaud the move to legalize recreational marijuana. It was made illegal decades ago without any health studies that deemed it harmful, and since we've learned that marijuana is far less harmful than tobacco or alcohol, both legal.