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Published: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:32:51 -0800

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CN ON: OPED: Marijuana Legislation Will Not Achieve Its Objectives

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMT

The Hill Times, 20 Dec 2017 - Bill C-45 is horrible legislation which will not achieve its objectives and should never see the light of day. The Senate will do its job and thoroughly study the Bill, but Canadians will be well-served if it is defeated, writes Alberta Senator Betty Unger. It's difficult to remember the last time the federal government and the provinces came to an agreement on revenue sharing in a single day. But that's what happened last week when the feds agreed to give the provinces 75 per cent of tax revenue generated by the sale of marijuana.

CN ON: Doctor Rebukes Mp Over Marijuana Claim

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMT

The Chatham Daily News, 02 Dec 2017 - Legalized marijuana will 'enslave our youth" and turn the federal government into "the new pusher on the block," a Chatham politician says - drawing a rebuke from the community's top publichealth official. Dave Van Kesteren said that nothing about the federal government's Cannabis Act is good, but he's particularly concerned about how it allows youth ages 11 to 17 to carry up to five grams of cannabis.

CN AB: Column: Slap-Dash Approach To Pot Legalization

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Lethbridge Herald, 01 Dec 2017 - On Monday, Nov. 27, The Cannabis Act passed third reading. This was the last vote in the House of Commons before the legislation goes to the Senate for review and approval. The government's plan is to have marijuana on the market for recreational use starting July 1, 2018. I voted "no" to this legislation. Here's why:

Canada: Ottawa To Launch Public Consultations On $1-A-Gram Pot Tax

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Globe and Mail, 06 Nov 2017 - The federal government is moving on a number of fronts as it pushes toward the legalization of cannabis by next summer, including launching public consultations on the proposed excise tax of $1 a gram. In addition, federal officials are putting the finishing touches on complex regulations that will set the rules for the production and distribution of cannabis "from seed to sale." Once they are made public in coming weeks, the regulations will be the subject of separate consultations, with the government seeking input of everyone from producers to consumers to health experts.

Canada: Right To A Timely Trial 'Cannot Be Lightly Discarded'

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Hamilton Spectator, 17 Jun 2017 - Supreme Court affirms landmark ruling on court delays OTTAWA - All players in the justice system need to do their part to target the "root causes" of unnecessary trial delays, the Supreme Court of Canada said Friday in affirming its landmark ruling on timely proceedings.

Canada: Top Court Upholds Ruling On Trial Limits

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Globe and Mail, 17 Jun 2017 - Supreme Court rejects plea by five provinces that intervened in case of accused drug trafficker dismissed because of delay The Supreme Court has taken a tough line on delay in the criminal courts, rejecting a plea from the provinces to be more flexible after a year-old ruling spread turmoil through the justice system.

CN BC: Marijuana Legalization Won't Happen Overnight: MP

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Cranbrook Daily Townsman, 18 Apr 2017 - The federal Liberal government released their plan to legalize marijuana last week in Ottawa, however, anyone thinking that it is going to happen overnight is in for a rude awakening. Kootenay Columbia MP Wayne Stetski says the legislation actually contains two bills - one bill on marijuana legalization and another bill amending the criminal code to enact harsher impaired driving penalties, for both marijuana and alcohol.

Canada: Ottawa Still Facing Obstacles On Road To Legalizing Marijuana

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Globe and Mail, 13 Apr 2017 - Ottawa will have to launch a series of negotiations as soon as it tables its long-awaited bill to legalize marijuana on Thursday, needing to strike deals with the Senate, the provinces and the U.S. government in its bid to lift the 94-year-old prohibition on the drug. For starters, the Liberals will need to adopt a raft of legislative changes in the House of Commons, where they have a solid majority, but also through an independent Senate that is increasingly asserting its desire to study and amend government bills.

CN ON: Editorial: Clear The Haze Soon Around Marijuana

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Northumberland Today, 06 Apr 2017 - This July 1 is canada's big 150th birthday bash. But July 1, 2018, could be a more interesting celebration. That's the date, according to reports, when marijuana might finally be legal. In a weekend news leak that had the added benefit of diverting attention from an insipid federal budget, CBC reported the Liberal government will unveil its marijuana legalization bill in the next few weeks. Under it, federal authorities would take charge of licensing producers and regulating suppliers. It would set 18 as the minimum legal age for use, though provinces could set it higher.