Packet & Times, 22 Jun 2016 - By this time next year, it may be a lot harder to smoke just about anywhere in Orillia, but first a significant budgetary hurdle needs to be cleared. Council committee recommended to council Monday night to support, in principle, banning smoking on city-owned and -leased property. That would include all of the property, both indoors and outdoors.
Globe and Mail, 22 Jun 2016 - A B.C. man who spent years fighting an attempt by the province's Civil Forfeiture Office to seize his home has launched a legal action of his own, accusing the government office of abusing its authority. David Lloydsmith was at his home in Mission, B.C., in October, 2007, when an RCMP officer knocked on the door and said he was responding to a 911 call. Mr. Lloydsmith told the officer he was the only person at the home and had not called 911. The officer asked to enter the residence, a request Mr. Lloydsmith refused. But when he attempted to close the door, the officer barged in and restrained him, a judge later found. A subsequent search turned up marijuana plants, and Mr. Lloydsmith was arrested for production-related offences.
Toronto 24hours, 22 Jun 2016 - Stroll Dundas Square near my place night or day and you'll confront the hidden horror of legalized pot. Phheww. Not for nothing do they call it "skunk." As our medieval marijuana laws lift, libertarians like me rejoice. Common sense finally wins out. A victimless "crime" is off the books. No harm, no foul. No foul? Take a whiff. My pal Al, passing Roy Thomson Hall en route from a Jays game, wrinkled his nose and remarked: "It's everywhere. My son really hates that smell. What's he going to do when it's legal?" Good question. Unless you have terminal nasal drip, you know the scent. If symphony goers are toking up in public, everyone is.
The Sault Star, 21 Jun 2016 - Eureka! Last week I reported it was impossible to write this column. I had asked readers to respond to how I believe 42,000 addicts on methadone should be treated. Then my computer developed terminal cancer and I thought all your responses had been lost. Fortunately, the "Geek Squad" resurrected them. From a Times Colonist reader, "Your suggestion that sending addicts to northern Canada to chop wood caught my eye. I was impressed by your research. The addicts I have known have no interest in getting off methadone and improving themselves. I say, enough of this nonsense. Why not have them chop wood? We all do some form of work to eat."
Toronto Sun, 21 Jun 2016 - Community meeting held Lily Lin doesn't want a safe injection site opening in Queen West. But she says residents are afraid to speak out against them. Lin was among a group of 80 people who went attended the second community consultation meeting on placing a safe injection site in the area.
Toronto Star, 21 Jun 2016 - There is a hallucinatory quality to the way intoxicating substances are bought and sold in Ontario these days. Choose your alcoholic poison - beer, wine, spirits - mindful that robust government regulation (not to mention revenue) remains on tap.
Metro, 20 Jun 2016 - Councillor ready for site but wants more than one An Ottawa councillor says he welcomes a supervised injection site downtown - but only if there are similar services across the city. On Monday, Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury and five other councillors on the board of health will debate a staff report that recommends opening a supervised injection site in the city.
Toronto Star, 20 Jun 2016 - It would appear no amount of weed is too small for the federal government to prosecute as it works toward legalizing the drug for recreational use. Brandon Richards was pulled over after leaving the parking lot of a Guelph strip club shortly after 1 a.m. in October 2014 for a sobriety check. He passed, but the officer said he detected the odour of marijuana.
Toronto Star, 18 Jun 2016 - Province starts studying distribution details, as well as how sales would work The Ontario government is quietly gearing up for legalized marijuana sales, the Star has learned. With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set to allow recreational cannabis use as early as next year, Queen's Park has begun work on how distribution and retailing will eventually be handled.
Ottawa Sun, 18 Jun 2016 - PM Rushing to Force His Vision on Country In the eight months that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has ruled Canada, he has already left an indelible imprint upon this land. With so-called "democratic reform" he aims to make that impression even more evident.
Toronto Star, 17 Jun 2016 - As an epidemiologist and a parent, I am perplexed with the recent momentum toward legalizing marijuana. Of all the arguments I have heard, I have yet to hear any that are compelling enough to remove the drug from prescription status. One argument I have heard is that marijuana is harmless. This argument ignores the fact that numerous studies have reported harm in peer-reviewed academic journals. A summary of the evidence, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2014, concluded, "Marijuana use has been associated with substantial adverse effects, some of which have been determined with a high level of confidence." Some of those effects were addiction to marijuana and other substances, motor vehicle accidents and chronic bronchitis.
Metro, 17 Jun 2016 - Marijuana Advocates Rail Against 'Waste of Tax Dollars' Three of the 17 medical marijuana dispensaries named in injunction applications filed by the City of Vancouver last month have voluntarily closed down and more injunctions are coming by the end of the month, according to councillor Kerry Jang.
Victoria Times-Colonist, 16 Jun 2016 - Re: "Decriminalization of pot nixed," June 14. Jody Wilson-Raybould, the federal justice minister and attorney general, would rather give criminal records and punishments to those who smoke pot before it is officially legalized. Her reasons for this are not valid.
Metro, 16 Jun 2016 - Applications being led to help stem drug overdoses Vancouver Coastal Health will soon file applications for five new supervised injection sites in response to the shocking spike in overdose deaths, council heard Wednesday.
Toronto Sun, 16 Jun 2016 - If not for stepping out for a coffee, my oldest nephew, Jay, would have been among the nearly 100 arrested in the coordinated police raids of 43 storefront Toronto pot dispensaries at the end of May. Instead, he got grainy smartphone footage of the takedown of the dispensary where he works as a clerk - footage taken from across the street of police with guns drawn, of his co-workers in handcuffs, and even a "patient" in a wheelchair being cuffed as well.
Alberni Valley News, 16 Jun 2016 - The Alberni Valley is home to a second licensed medical marijuana dispensary that officially opened its doors for business on June 1. Leaf Compassion Cannabis Dispensary, located at 5069 Johnston Rd, aims to provide safe access to medical grade, laboratory tested cannabis products.
Winnipeg Sun, 16 Jun 2016 - If not for stepping out for a coffee, my oldest nephew, Jay, would have been among the nearly 100 arrested in the coordinated police raids of 43 storefront Toronto pot dispensaries at the end of May. Instead, he got grainy smartphone footage of the takedown of the dispensary where he works as a clerk - footage taken from across the street of police with guns drawn, of his co-workers in handcuffs, and even a "patient" in a wheelchair being cuffed as well.
Ottawa Sun, 16 Jun 2016 - If not for stepping out for a coffee, my oldest nephew, Jay, would have been among the nearly 100 arrested in the coordinated police raids of 43 storefront Toronto pot dispensaries at the end of May. Instead, he got grainy smartphone footage of the takedown of the dispensary where he works as a clerk - footage taken from across the street of police with guns drawn, of his co-workers in handcuffs, and even a "patient" in a wheelchair being cuffed as well.
Metro, 15 Jun 2016 - Advocate plans to file complaint if shop closed The founder of a marijuana vapour lounge on Montreal Road said he "absolutely" expects to be targeted by city bylaw when the province updates its smoking regulations.
The News, 15 Jun 2016 - Entrenched, partisan mentality is one of the worst things about our political institutions. The federal Liberals - despite claims of a progressive attitude toward governing - are demonstrating they're just as capable of it as the rest. With the legalization of marijuana still on the agenda, the Liberals rejected a motion from the NDP this week to - in the meantime - decriminalize simple possession leading up to the law change.