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CN ON: 'Keep Our Great Country Safe From All The Weed,' Tory Says
Poetic Riposte OTTAWA - With the Liberal cannabis legalization bill now being debated in the Senate, the Conservative Party's health critic used poetry Friday to ask for sober second thought.
CN ON: Gas Can Found Outside As Pot Shop Goes Up In Smoke In
A Carlington pot shop won't reopen after a fire now being probed by arson investigators, says a city councillor who's long been opposed to the illicit enterprise.
CN MB: Usage Expected To Spike: Survey
MORE than 21 per cent of adult Manitobans used cannabis in the past year and another 21.1 per cent may try it after legalization, new data from the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba suggests.
CN ON: Doctor Rebukes Mp Over Marijuana Claim
Legalized marijuana will 'enslave our youth" and turn the federal government into "the new pusher on the block," a Chatham politician says - drawing a rebuke from the community's top publichealth official.

Opinions

Canada: Column: Dopey Thoughts From Alberta
MLA SEES A LATENT COMMUNISM IN THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA Absolutely everybody in sight has had a go at Ronald Orr this week. Which, just as a polite heads-up to the man's friends and family, is not going to stop me from joining in. Orr is the Alberta MLA who rose in the provincial legislature on Wednesday to discuss his fears about the "social and economic experiment" of marijuana legalization.
US TX: Get The Ball Rolling To Expand Medical Marijuana In
Within weeks an estimated 150,000 Texas patients suffering from untreatable epilepsy will have a new means of relief.
CN AB: Column: Slap-Dash Approach To Pot Legalization
On Monday, Nov. 27, The Cannabis Act passed third reading. This was the last vote in the House of Commons before the legislation goes to the Senate for review and approval. The government's plan is to have marijuana on the market for recreational use starting July 1, 2018.
CN AB: Drug Addiction Should Be Health Issue, Not Criminal
Canada is currently in the midst of an opioid overdose crisis. The two most western provinces and territories - British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon and the Northwest Territories - have been hit especially hard, likely due to their relative proximity to China, where much of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl is produced.

Letters

CN BC: Legal Marijuana Will Make Canada Safer
On July 1, 2018, marijuana is going to be legalized in Canada. However, there is no need to fear. In fact, Canadians should feel more at ease as July 1 approaches.
CN BC: Questions Doctors Of B.C. Position On Pot
Reading the CBC News report, 'Associations call for ban on homegrown weed in BC once it becomes legal,' I have to question the judgment of the Doctors of BC, who default to pharmaceutical drugs quite unquestioningly, yet challenge more natural modes of treatment such as cannabis and homeopathy.
US MA: Congressman Should Lead On Marijuana
Last March, I wrote Congressman Seth Moulton asking him to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 975, the "Respect State Marijuana Laws Act." He responded that, "The federal government ought to respect the will of the voters in states like Massachusetts, Colorado and Washington that have approved marijuana legalization."
CN BC: Thoughts On Pot
Re: "Smoking pot hard on health." The reason that "disparate points of view on the whole issue" exist is simply because those in the prohibitionist camp seem to be highly selective about what they choose to acknowledge as fact. Tobacco use provides the No. 1 source of preventable deaths in Canada and no one in the span of recorded history has ever died just from smoking cannabis.
US MA: Moulton Should 'Get Off The Fence'
To the editor: Last March, I wrote Congressman Seth Moulton asking him to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 975, the "€œRespect State Marijuana Laws Act."€ He responded that, "€œThe federal government ought to respect the will of the voters in states like Massachusetts, Colorado and Washington that have approved marijuana legalization."
CN BC: Richmond Can Grow Its Own Marijuana
Dear Editor, Re: "School trustee needs history lesson," Letters, Nov. 17. I'd like to thank Brad Kilburn for bringing up that key fact from anti-cannabis history.
CN BC: Enough With The Reefer Madness
Dear Editor, Re: "Trustee: Stop sending our youth mixed pot messages," Letters, Nov. 17. When are the reefer madness people going to let it go? For three generations, marijuana prohibition has been tried and is a complete failure. Some members of society should not have the power to impose their own moral code on adults when no harm is being done to others.