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CN ON: Editorial: The Political Perils Of Legalized Pot

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 00:00
Toronto Sun, 22 Sep 2017 - To combat organized crime on pot sales in Ontario, legal marijuana is going to have to be competitive with the black market on price, availability, quality and variety. With legal pot coming July 1 - unless Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delays the law - Premier Kathleen Wynne's provincial government already appears to have conceded the field on price and availability.
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US MO: 77-Year-Old Sentenced To 10 Years For Growing Marijuana

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 00:00
Detroit Free Press, 22 Sep 2017 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Two plainclothes detectives were driving a white unmarked pickup truck through a heavily forested road in Polk County on an overcast day in March 2012. A woman had called the sheriff's office in December. Her identity had been stolen, she said, and new credit cards were being sent to an address in Polk County.
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US OR: Portland Case Reveals Gap In Rules To Separate Day Care

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 00:00
The Hillsboro Argus, 23 Sep 2017 - State regulators allowed a Portland man to have a childcare business in his home while owning a storefront dispensary selling marijuana. Those potentially dueling interests didn't surface until this summer, after two childcare employees quit and contacted the state. They accused the day care owner, Samuel Watson, of keeping large amounts of marijuana inside his Alameda home and said he was putting children at risk. Watson categorically denies the allegations, and state officials have not found him at fault.
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US: America's Opioid Problem Is So Bad It's Cutting Into U.S. Life

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 00:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 21 Sep 2017 - Prosecutors in New York announced this week that an August drug raid yielded 140 pounds of fentanyl, the most in the city's history and enough to kill 32 million people, they told New York 4. Those numbers underscore the dizzying size of the current opioid crisis, and the report of the New York bust comes the same week as another shocking piece of evidence that America's pill problem has reached a critical milestone: On Tuesday, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published an analysis showing the crisis has actually negatively impacted life expectancy in the United States.
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US NJ: Paterson: Inside Needle Exchange, Clients Defend The Program

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 00:00
Herald News, 22 Sep 2017 - PATERSON -- About a dozen men and women sat on hard plastic chairs early Wednesday morning inside a conference room at the Well of Hope Drop-In Center on Broadway, where a flat screen television broadcast sports highlights on ESPN. Some came for the free coffee. A sign said the limit was one cup per hour. Others were there to use the showers and toilet facilities. A 57-year-old man who would only give his name as "Julius" was waiting to see a nurse about a blister on his foot.
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CN ON: Will Fruit Lands Go To Pot?

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 00:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 21 Sep 2017 - The impending legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada has prompted Niagara-on-the-Lake town council to look into whether land designated for specialty crops would be impacted. A motion by Coun. Betty Disero that council request Niagara Region and the province to develop a policy to protect these lands, which are used for vegetables, tender fruit and grapes, from marijuana greenhouses was defeated.
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CN QU: Variety Store Chain Pushes For A Piece Of Weed Sales Pie

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 00:00
Toronto Star, 21 Sep 2017 - Couche-Tard co-founder says it's a 'shame' Quebec won't even talk to them about sales LAVAL, QUE.- Alimentation CoucheTard is still interested in selling marijuana, and its co-founder says he thinks provincial governments should stay out of selling this product.
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CN ON: Price Check On Pot!

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 00:00
Toronto Sun, 21 Sep 2017 - Ontario pot will be "competitively priced" to discourage black market sales, Finance Minister Charles Sousa says. When asked about reports that other jurisdictions in Canada are looking at a retail sales price of about $10 a gram, Sousa refused to dismiss the figure.
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CN BC: Marijuana Producers' Co-Op Awaits Direction From Ottawa

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 00:00
The Valley Voice, 21 Sep 2017 - The Kootenay Outdoor Producers' Co-op, a local coalition formed to create the first legal marijuana production operation in the West Kootenay, has elected its first board. The inaugural meeting for the co-op was held at Taghum Hall May 16 with a standing-room only audience. But president Todd Veri says there remain many uncertainties as Ottawa and the provinces drag their feet on finalizing legislation. "We have been patiently waiting for some word or direction on the upcoming regulations from government and how they will apply to our business plan," says Veri. "Unfortunately, no information has been forthcoming. Will it be - as we initially feared - that preference is once more going to be given to large corporate weed factories?"
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CN ON: OPED: Already Thinking About Son And Legalized Pot

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 00:00
The Sun Times, 19 Sep 2017 - When it comes to my son's possible future use of marijuana, I'm not sure if "It's legal, mom!" will have a material impact on my response. I have imagined this conversation, and others like it, about life's many potentially addicting substances and behaviours -- alcohol, prescription and other drugs, gambling, speeding, texting and driving, pornography, sugar, etc. -- because I know the kind of world we live in today and that the values of the majority are less and less aligned with the old-fashioned values espoused at my craggy old kitchen table. Even when those values feel like a fruitless cause that might better have been taken up in a cloistered community, I try not to give in to pessimism. There's what happens out there, in the world, and there's what happens in here, within the walls of my home, and I am happy to do my part to contribute to a climate of uncomfortable difference between the two.
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CN ON: City's Licensing Committee Endorses Ontario's Pot Plan

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:00
Toronto Star, 19 Sep 2017 - A city committee has endorsed the province's highly regulated approach to marijuanalegislation, despite pleas from dispensary operators and pot users. The licensing committee voted 4-1 Monday in favour of city staff recommendations endorsing Premier Kathleen Wynne's plan to sell marijuana only in government run, LCBO-type shops across Ontario after federal legalization takes effect next year.
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CN ON: Ontario To Stiffen Pot Penalties

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:00
London Free Press, 19 Sep 2017 - Zero-tolerance rules for drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol applauded by police A blast from the past - and jacked-up fines - will usher in legal pot in Ontario as the province races to put the brakes to drug-impaired driving, including by marijuana, before weed becomes legal next summer.
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CN ON: Zero Tolerance Province

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:00
Ottawa Sun, 19 Sep 2017 - Pot legalization brings tougher penalties for all impaired drivers The impending legalization of marijuana has the Ontario government planning to toughen the penalties for driving drunk, not just stoned.
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CN ON: Driving High Will Net Stiff Penalties

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:00
Toronto Star, 19 Sep 2017 - Ontario modelled new laws on U.S. drunk-driving fines Ontario will have a "zero tolerance" policy toward young drivers and truckers who use marijuana. Premier Kathleen Wynne on Monday said those 21 and under, commercial drivers and novice motorists will face stiffer penalties if caught behind the wheel while under the influence of cannabis or booze.
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CN ON: Drive High, Pay Up To $450 Under New Law

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:00
The Record, 19 Sep 2017 - TORONTO - Ontario plans to introduce tough new penalties for drug-impaired drivers ahead of the legalization of recreational marijuana next July. Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday there will be zero tolerance for young people aged 21 and under, novice drivers and all commercial drivers in Ontario who have a detectable presence of drugs or alcohol in their system. The province will also increase all monetary penalties and suspensions for impaired driving offences.
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US MA: Mass. High Court Says Sobriety Tests Aren't Evidence For Pot

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:00
Boston Globe, 19 Sep 2017 - Members of the Mass. State Police performed a sobriety test on a driver in Chicopee in 2011. The state's highest court on Tuesday limited which evidence can be used in court to prosecute drivers suspected of operating under the influence of marijuana, handing a victory to civil rights advocates in a closely-watched case.
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CN ON: Politicians Back Group To Tackle Opioid Crisis

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:00
London Free Press, 19 Sep 2017 - While politicians were busy debating whether to create a new group to deal with an opioid crisis, community agencies went ahead and formed it themselves. That created a confusing conversation at a city hall committee on Monday night, when politicians debated the opioid crisis working group for the third time since Aug. 1.
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CN ON: Editorial: Publish Statistics

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:00
Toronto Star, 19 Sep 2017 - News that Toronto is one big step closer to a long-term safe injection site is most welcome, particularly as this city, like many in North America, grapples with a growing opioid addiction crisis. It's also a reminder of the important work ahead. In the month since a pop-up injection site opened in Moss Park, the volunteer staff has accommodated nearly 2,700 visits and administered 26 doses of naloxone, the antidote to these deadly drugs.
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CN NS: Column: Stirring The Pot On Legal Weed

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:00
Metro, 19 Sep 2017 - We need to figure out how to sell weed in Nova Scotia - we also need to get more stores to sell healthy food. Maybe we can use one problem to solve the other: allow stores to sell weed if they also offer a minimum quantity and quality of fruit and vegetables.
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CN ON: Column: Ontario's Pot Selling Plan Goes From Bad To Worse

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 00:00
Northumberland Today, 14 Sep 2017 - The government selling weed to anybody is a terrible idea. So is the creation of a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario to create and run a retail network. I was browsing Ontario's sunshine list on Monday, the phone-book sized document that catalogues public-sector salaries of more than $100,000.
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