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Published: Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:06:18 -0700

Last Build Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:10:02 GMT

 



CN ON: Editorial: Ontario Should Open Up On Pot Planning

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

The Beacon Herald, 19 Jun 2017 - With pot legalization about a year away, we can conclude that the Ontario government is working on a plan. Or at least a plan for a plan. And yes, the "Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat" exists and, apparently, is busily holding meetings. With whom, it won't say. But not the public. Not yet, anyhow.



CN MB: OPED: Province Should Control Marijuana Sales

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Winnipeg Free Press, 19 Jun 2017 - THE Trudeau government is set on legalizing marijuana by the summer of 2018. While they will enjoy the political payoff of appearing progressive on this matter, all of the associated problems and the logistics of doing so will fall on the shoulders of the provincial governments and their civic counterparts. I suggest the Manitoba provincial government draw lessons from the last time an illegal substance was legalized following Prohibition in the late 1920s, as well as from the current public health efforts to eliminate tobacco use in Canada as a means to guide their policy on marijuana.



CN BC: Column: Downtown Eastside Tours Objectify Those Living With

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Vancouver 24hours, 15 Jun 2017 - Vancouver seems to have two seasons: Rain and tourists. Just as we make our way out of one, the other hits us full force. Nowhere is the throng of tourists thicker than Gastown, where they scramble for selfies with the steam clock. Trying to get away from those tourists while out for a quick post-lunch walk, I wandered further into the Downtown Eastside than I normally do and was surprised to see the camera-wielding crowd didn't stop there. In front of me were a man and woman - her stopping to snap photos of people lying on the street and him loudly explaining what he saw as the reason those addicted to drugs and living in the area didn't try to help themselves and turn their lives around.



CN NS: OPED: How Prepared Are Police For Drug-Related Impaired

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Amherst News, 16 Jun 2017 - Canada's law enforcement agencies, MADD Canada and other first responders took to the country's roads and highways recently in their annual campaign to promote safety on our highways over the summer holiday season. Adding to the complexity of addressing the issue of impaired driving is the steady increase in the numbers of drivers who have been stopped for drug impairment.



CN NS: Column: How To Best Treat Society's Most Vulnerable?

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Amherst News, 16 Jun 2017 - Two questions: What drug is the most addictive and can give you a condition that can kill you? What other drug has the worse withdrawal effects and can destroy your brain? Answers! No. 1 is nicotine. It is so addictive because no matter how much you ingest your body still craves more and as it leaves your body the craving gets more intense.



CN BC: Editorial: Uncertainty Lies Ahead On Marijuana Issue

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Peace Arch News, 16 Jun 2017 - Regardless of whether one agrees with the decision to legalize marijuana, that train has left the station and is scheduled to roll down the track on July 1, 2018. The focus now must shift to how those changes will affect the rights of citizens, law enforcement and the courts.



CN BC: Editorial: Making P.G. Pot Central

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Prince George Citizen, 15 Jun 2017 - Five hundred years ago, back when Scotch was just whisky, almost everybody in Scotland could make and sell it. It was only 200 years ago, when the government started taxing sales, allowed the licensed distilleries to grow and shut down the bootleggers that Scotch started to become a thing. Today, of course, whisky is made around the world but only whisky from Scotland is allowed to call itself Scotch. The similarities between whisky in Scotland in the 18th and 19th centuries and marijuana in Prince George in 2017 are many. The residents of a somewhat isolated northern region that's not too far from major cities are heavy producers and consumers of a beloved intoxicant. The government decides to legalize the product, partly to recognize the will of the people, but mostly to turn it into a lucrative tax revenue stream.



CN NS: Editorial: More Concerns, Few Answers

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

The News, 14 Jun 2017 - Many have noted the federal government's vision on recreational marijuana regulations remains notably blurry. With legalization anticipated about a year from now, the questions continue, as do recommendations about where to draw certain lines. The legal age to possess and partake is right up there among concerns. To that end, the New Brunswick Medical Society has weighed in this week, saying the bar should be set at 21. They add that the legal age for tobacco purchase and consumption should also be 21.



CN ON: Editorial: Decriminalize Immediately

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Toronto Star, 09 Jun 2017 - Pot smokers are not known for getting things done in a hurry, but legislators seeking to revamp our marijuana laws shouldn't follow their lead. In fact the federal government should hurry up and decriminalize possession of recreational marijuana immediately.