Ottawa Sun, 21 Nov 2015 - Union cites 'social responsibility' TORONTO - Government-owned liquor stores would be the best choice to sell legal pot in Ontario, the union representing LCBO staff says. "If it is legalized, the LCBO should sell it for social responsibility," Warren "Smokey" Thomas, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), said in an e-mail Friday.
Winnipeg Free Press, 21 Nov 2015 - IT didn't take long for the Selinger government to smell the "charm" of legalized marijuana. The potential windfall from a liberalized era of lighting up is perfectly intoxicating. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised legalized pot will hit the streets soon enough, and there's going to be tax revenue in that. That's why pot got special mention in Premier Greg Selinger's throne speech, noting Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries is perfectly positioned to act as the middle man in the marijuana trade. Mr. Selinger warns pot is highly addictive and therefore too risky to put in the hands of the private sector. So, he made clear liquor marts alone will be both buyer and seller of marijuana.
Sudbury Star, 21 Nov 2015 - Government should regulate it the same way it does with tobacco and booze, board says The Sudbury & District Board of Health has a message for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his majority Liberal government.
The Calgary Sun, 21 Nov 2015 - Did Police Chief Roger Chaffin ("Not Sure Society Needs Another Drug" Nov. 18, 2015) just arrive in North America? Society is not preparing to add "another drug" for citizens to use but rather, re-legalizing a relatively safe, God-given plant, which is being used by millions of North Americans daily. A plant that should never have been prohibited from the beginning. And challenges to law enforcement? Ending cannabis prohibition will be easier, not more difficult to enforce. In fact, re-legalizing the plant will likely put some law enforcement jobs in jeopardy; is that Chaffin's real concern? Nothing changes with drivers who are too impaired to operate a motor vehicle; it's illegal now, it will be illegal after ending the cannabis prohibition farce. It's time to eliminate cannabis prohibitionist's "voice at the table." Especially those who have been profiting off the injustice. Stan White,
Winnipeg Free Press, 21 Nov 2015 - Should you call police if you suspect a driver is impaired by marijuana? I CAME bumper to bumper with a dilemma on a Sunday evening two weeks ago. A dilemma that forced me to make a decision I'm still debating. Later, it would make me wonder what most of you would have done if you had been there. It was just before closing time at the Chamois Car Wash on Waverley Street when I pulled up, rolled down my window and the pleasant young woman asked what kind of air freshener I preferred with my wash. That's when the strong, pungent smell of marijuana hit me. It was coming from the decal-decorated blue Honda hatchback in front of my car.
Vancouver Sun, 21 Nov 2015 - Re: Nanaimo RCMP set to snuff out dispensaries, Nov. 14 So the Nanaimo RCMP has decided to get their licks in while they can, before the federal legislation on cannabis is changed. Perhaps they do not welcome the changes. They have been for years seizing people's property and prosecuting them for growing marijuana. Now, a substance British Columbians consume seems likely to be reclassified from a dangerous "narcotic" to a consumer commodity.
Winnipeg Sun, 20 Nov 2015 - Manitoba's premier wants the vast majority of future marijuana sales to be handled just as alcohol ones are - under Crown corporation control. Premier Greg Selinger said he believes those sales - which the federal Liberal government has promised to legalize - should take place through Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries staff within Liquor Marts. The only exception would be for rural areas, where that option isn't available.
The Morning Star, 20 Nov 2015 - While parents often feel like the teacher in Charlie Brown when they're talking to their teens, the truth is that what they say matters. And kids are listening. Sure, they might glaze over after the tenth time you've asked them to clean their room this week, but when it comes to drugs and alcohol, they are listening.
Metro, 20 Nov 2015 - Methadone-dispensing fees that are the focus of legal action in British Columbia must be charged to secure crucial support services for recovering addicts, says a doctor from Vancouver Island. Dr. Jane Clelland said while the province pays for physicians and drugs, public money doesn't cover counselling, which she called necessary.
Vancouver 24hours, 20 Nov 2015 - Study finds those injecting only prescription medication least likely to overdose as opposed to heroin A new study out of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS suggests it's actually safer to inject prescription opioid drugs often obtained illegally by users than the more commonly used heroin.
Globe and Mail, 20 Nov 2015 - Controversial charges might not be collected from the best sources, physician argues, but counselling costs have to be covered Methadone-dispensing fees that are the focus of legal action in British Columbia must be charged to secure crucial support services for recovering addicts, a doctor from Vancouver Island says.
Winnipeg Free Press, 20 Nov 2015 - Says 'Highly Addictive' Drug Should Be Government-Controlled PREMIER Greg Selinger says cannabis products are "highly addictive drugs" that ought to be sold primarily through Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries stores once Ottawa legalizes marijuana.
The Guardian, 19 Nov 2015 - As the dust settles following the recent Liberal election win, Canadians are anxious to see what changes lay in store. There are many polarizing issues on the table, and the pending legalization of marijuana is certainly one of them. Many think it is about time marijuana became legal, while others believe it will inevitably lead to extremely negative consequences, especially for our youth. Differing opinions are to be expected, and are in fact essential to effective discussions; as long as each party is relatively up to date with factual information, and not basing their opinions on outdated, morally charged and misinformed assumptions. To not agree with the potential legalization of marijuana is therefore perfectly reasonable, but only so long as people are accurately informed.
Nanaimo News Bulletin, 19 Nov 2015 - To the Editor, Re: Pot dispensaries advised by RCMP to close up shop, Nov. 17. I am writing after reading your article and wish to state our support for the RCMP doing their job - which is to uphold the Criminal Code of Canada.
Winnipeg Free Press, 19 Nov 2015 - Provincial Liquor and Gaming Authorities Look to Experience of States Where It's Legal THE impending legalization of cannabis has sparked a formal effort in Manitoba to determine how marijuana ought to be regulated and sold.
Nanaimo News Bulletin, 19 Nov 2015 - To the Editor, Re: Pot dispensaries advised by RCMP to close up shop, Nov. 17. Considering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's mandate, last week, to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, to begin the process of legalizing and regulating cannabis in Canada, isn't it time for any and all police agencies along with the RCMP to put a moratorium on terrorizing and extorting cannabis dispensaries?
Nanaimo News Bulletin, 19 Nov 2015 - To the Editor, A municipal council can and does tell the local RCMP what community priorities are, which the police then apply to their community policing strategy - one that reflects the practices of the community they serve.
Nanaimo News Bulletin, 19 Nov 2015 - POT DISPENSARIES WILL DEFY ORDER Nanaimo medical marijuana dispensaries will remain open, despite the threat of police enforcement. Medical marijuana dispensaries have reached out to government for clarity on potential new regulations and help in the lead-up to a deadline to stop selling marijuana. But dispensaries have no plans to close, according to the new Nanaimo Cannabis Coalition.
Metro, 18 Nov 2015 - Simulator Lets Experts Study Effects of Cannabis If Justin Trudeau's Liberal government legalizes marijuana in Canada, research by drug experts at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto may play a role in how it's enforced.
Globe and Mail, 18 Nov 2015 - The mayors of two of Vancouver Island's biggest cities are calling on the federal Liberal government to advise them what to do with the illegal pot shops cropping up in their communities and explain more of what the path to promised legalization could look like. This week, Victoria city council will debate a pot-shop bylaw proposal similar to the one Vancouver passed in June, while Nanaimo's mayor is trying to ease tensions between operators of 10 dispensaries and the local RCMP detachment, which has threatened to raid the stores if they do not stop illegally trafficking cannabis by the end of this week.