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Published: Sat, 27 May 2017 12:37:58 -0700

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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.



CN ON: Editorial: Clear Haze Around Pot Legalization

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMT

The Simcoe Reformer, 05 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. It has been reported that 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.



CN ON: The Politics Of Being Canada's Joint Chief

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Toronto Star, 02 Apr 2017 - He doesn't seek the limelight and he doesn't look any too comfortable in it, but former Toronto top cop Bill Blair is adapting to life in Ottawa. As the Liberals' point man for decriminalization of marijuana, he's steering radical changes . . . cautiously OTTAWA- Bill Blair, the former undercover drug cop who rose to become Toronto police chief and now leads Justin Trudeau's charge to legalize marijuana, long ago gave up his gun and uniform. But his guard is still up. He defensively shifts position in a room when he's with a minister, switching to what he calls "protective mode." He tries to be casual: "I didn't have a first name for a decade," he tells a reporter. "Now that I've got it back" - just call him "Bill." And yet he's still all "Yes, ma'am. No, ma'am."



Canada: The First Lady Of Reefer Madness

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

The Walrus, 01 Jan 2017 - How a renowned Canadian feminist popularized our racist war on drugs Detective Joe Ricci and his partner, Alex Sinclair, were out on a routine bust in Vancouver's Chinatown. It was 1916, and Ricci and Sinclair were front-line officers in the war on opium. The drug had been criminalized in Canada eight years earlier through the introduction of the Western world's earliest drug prohibition law, and the Vancouver police department had been chasing down traffickers ever since. Ricci was a familiar sight in the neighbourhood. He had made such a big arrest in 1913 that for days after, the Vancouver Daily World reported, "not a light [was] to be seen and the ringing noise of the chuck-a-luck dice [had] stopped." But the gamblers and the opium smokers were soon back, and Ricci was out patrolling the streets again.



CN ON: Column: Mr. Trudeau, Meet Mr. Browning

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

The Record, 19 Dec 2016 - "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?" - - Robert Browning One thing the Trudeau government cannot be accused of is lack of reach. Its ambitions have carried it into endeavours the Harper government did not attempt to reach or had no interest in reaching.



CN ON: Editorial: Cops' Weed Whacking Was Only Option

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Ottawa Sun, 06 Nov 2016 - They come with names such as Green Tree and Weeds Glass & Gifts, which sound harmless. But Ottawa's 16 pot shops aren't legal, and some of them have sprung up in the last few months in areas close to where kids can be found, or where shops cater to families. Many in Ottawa have clamoured for the police to shut them down. Friday, finally, the brass took action, staging simultaneous raids on six marijuana dispensaries across the city. About time.



CN MB: Prime Time

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Winnipeg Free Press, 04 Jun 2016 - Justin Trudeau sits down with Free Press editor Paul Samyn to talk about urgent legislation, First Nations, marijuana... and Stephen Harper PRIME Minister Justin Trudeau sat down with Winnipeg Free Press editor Paul Samyn for an exclusive interview Thursday.