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Published: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:43:52 -0700

Last Build Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:10:02 GMT

 



CN AB: Editorial: Leave The Sales To The Experts

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT

The Calgary Sun, 06 Oct 2017 - Trust us, the grass is greener on the other side of state-run business. Anyone who ever had to line up outside one of a handful of Alberta liquor Control Board retail outlets back in the day knows how brutal it was buying something as simple as a case of beer or bottle of wine. It was enough to drive you to drink. Or how about the stress-elevating experience of a visit to the old department of motor vehicles. Talk about road rage. Privatization has made life so much easier in those two areas, not to mention the jobs created through competition and better, varied pricing for consumers in the case of booze - tax portion aside, of course.



CN ON: Editorial: Get Smarter On Drugs

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Toronto Star, 06 Oct 2017 - The chorus calling on Ottawa to decriminalize possession of all drugs is growing louder and more urgent. The government should listen The chorus calling on Ottawa to rethink its approach to the epidemic of opioid overdoses sweeping this country is growing louder and more urgent. Two new reports issued this week echo a broad consensus among public health experts: decriminalizing the possession of all drugs is crucial if we're going to tackle this crisis.



CN AB: Editorial: Turning A Profit On Pot Should Be The Goal Of

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Medicine Hat News, 07 Oct 2017 - Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley has announced the first details of Alberta's plans for selling marijuana once the product is legalized across the nation in July. This makes Alberta the third province, after Ontario and New Brunswick, to show its hand.



CN ON: Editorial: Move Carefully On Cannabis Taxes

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Hamilton Spectator, 06 Oct 2017 - The first legal sales of recreational marijuana in Canada are still months away, but some provincial premiers are already demanding a bigger piece of the action. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's opening offer this week to evenly split a 10-per-cent excise tax on cannabis sales between Ottawa and the provinces was quickly scorned by premiers such as Alberta's Rachel Notley and Quebec's Philippe Couillard.



CN BC: Column: On Marijuana, Let The Provinces Keep The Cash

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Vancouver 24hours, 05 Oct 2017 - The federal government plans to legalize marijuana this summer and they say they want their fair share of tax revenue. A dollar tax on anything up to $10 - and a 10% tax on anything above that amount - to be split 50/50 between the federal and provincial governments. But wait, Trudeau says, it's not about the money.



CN ON: Editorial: Grief Turns To Opioid Advocacy

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT

The Grimsby Lincoln News, 05 Oct 2017 - They're still dealing with crushing grief barely contained, but a group of Niagara mothers who lost children in the prime of their lives to overdoses from opioids delivered a powerful message to regional politicians last week on the desperate need to deal with the opioid crisis sweeping like a freight train across the country. The powerful drugs such as fentanyl have left a trail of destruction starting on the West Coast and moving east, with soaring numbers of emergency rooms visits due to overdoses in Ontario now.



CN AB: Column: Important Things To Know About Recreational And

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Medicine Hat News, 03 Oct 2017 - Dr. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent for CNN is reported to have said, "Every 19 minutes somebody dies of a prescription drug overdose. It doesn't happen with marijuana." In the past Gupta was against legalising medical marijuana in the U.S. but now he is in favour of it. He sees some benefit for certain types of illnesses. The use of medical marijuana (medical cannabis) as a medicine has not been rigorously tested due to several restrictions. But there is some evidence to suggest cannabis can reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, and reduce chronic pain and muscle spasm.



Canada: Column: Government Must Keep Its Eyes On Pot's Black Market

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Globe and Mail, 04 Oct 2017 - Legalization must give a signal to marijuana users that it's not just legal, but they might as well buy it legally. First ministers are quickly losing sight of that You can only have 13 people in a room talking about selling pot for so long before they start working out how to divvy up the proceeds.



CN ON: OPED: Give First Nations Priority Access To Marijuana Industry

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT

North Bay Nugget, 03 Oct 2017 - The legalization of marijuana in Canada in July 2018 gives the federal government an opportunity to bring communities - including Indigenous ones - into this lucrative sector in a big way. For example, Manitoba's Opaskwayak Cree Nation recently took a major stake in a medical marijuana company. OCN purchased $3 million in shares in National Access Cannabis, a privately held company that recently traded publicly for the first time.