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Published: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:03:49 -0800

Last Build Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:10:02 GMT


CN SN: Column: Looking At The Legalization Of Marijuana

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

The Observer, 24 Feb 2017 - Friday mornings in the office tend to be a little bit slower, so we end up discussing a wide variety of topics. One topic of discussion, which was addressed were thoughts surrounding the legalization of marijuana. The Liberals ran on a platform, which stated they would pursue this legalization. Although it hasn't been a priority in government, I do feel that it is something that would generate revenue for the government. Much like the Government of Saskatchewan has a liquor tax, the Government of Canada could impose one on marijuana sales.

CN BC: Column: Confusion Reigning Supreme Over Federal Cannabis

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Goldstream Gazette, 24 Feb 2017 - The saga of the Green Tree marijuana dispensary, the West Shore RCMP and the City of Langford is a microcosm of the Wild West cannabis policy (or lack thereof) which has caused confusion all over Vancouver Island. Consider what has happened in this tale so far: Green Tree opened its doors in January in Langford, only to get shut down the next day by the RCMP. Only a few weeks later it is back open for business, much to the consternation of the City of Langford, which refuses to issue a business licence. A few days later, the West Shore RCMP move in to shut it down again, this time arresting two people and seizing marijuana on the premises.

CN ON: Column: Marijuana Legalization Cock-Up Is The New Reefer

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Toronto Sun, 21 Feb 2017 - As Sir Walter Scott wrote centuries ago: "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." It still applies today. Electoral reform. It was promised by Justin Trudeau as a key campaign pledge, but then abruptly canned. This one got hostile. NDP MP Nathan Cullen didn't just accuse Trudeau of deception, he called him a "liar."

CN BC: Editorial: Pot Shop Episode A Complex Affair

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Goldstream Gazette, 22 Feb 2017 - It's pretty clear Langford Mayor Stew Young wants no part of a Victoria-style, free-for-all marijuana dispensary market in his city. His stance and that of his council is clear, that until the federal government legislates changes to related passages in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the City will consider storefront marijuana sales to be an illegal activity, as per the RCMP policy.

CN BC: Column: Say No To Legal Heroin

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Vancouver 24hours, 20 Feb 2017 - SAY NO TO LEGAL HEROIN Ends always justify the means for those striving to do good, no matter the cost to life, liberty and truth. The truth about hard drugs, such as heroin, is blunt - it destroys lives and it kills. With each injection, intravenous drug users on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver are slowly, sometimes quickly, killing themselves. I believe these people are well aware of this fact. How could they not? The risk of death is an ever-present danger that is impossible for any hard-drug user to ignore, let alone plead ignorance.

CN BC: Column: Bad Drug Policy Kills

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Vancouver 24hours, 20 Feb 2017 - BAD DRUG POLICY KILLS Last month, my colleague Laurie P. died of overdose, one of 116 fatal ODs in B.C. in January. She was a harm reduction activist and had a graceful, inclusive style of community organizing.

CN AB: Column: Record Drug Bust Part Of Vicious Circle

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Lethbridge Herald, 20 Feb 2017 - INCREASE IN PROPERTY CRIMES SHOWS PREVALENCE OF DRUG CULTURE IN AREA Last week we made headlines with a record drug bust after more than $1.2 million in drugs, cash, weapons, drug manufacturing equipment and vehicles were seized by the Lethbridge members of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team.

CN NS: Editorial: Beyond Concern About Labels

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Truro Daily News, 16 Feb 2017 - It's a tough call, whether companies soon to be marketing recreational marijuana should be allowed to brand their product. A precedent is in the works with tobacco, to deny manufacturers the right to have distinctive packaging. Some would extend that same caution to pot. It's an issue that government will ultimately have to grapple with - while hearing from proponents on both sides of the argument.

CN BC: Column: Good Luck Getting Marijuana Back Into A Plain Package

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Vancouver 24hours, 16 Feb 2017 - As the feds prepare to legalize marijuana, the task force appointed to conceptualize legalization has now recommended the drug be sold in plain packaging. I can't imagine this being implemented successfully in Vancouver. This city famously has more pot shops than Tim Hortons restaurants and from Point Grey's Wealth to Marc Emery's Cannabis Culture they all have unique brands designed to attract a particular clientele.